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Monday, 12 February 2018

Talking About Hobbes

A couple of months after Inspector Hobbes and the Bones was published, I spoke to Rona Laycock in The Writers Room on Corinium Radio (our local radio station). I give a couple of short readings from the book (which I don't read as well as the excellent narrator of my audiobooks, Tim Campbell), along with a few comments on Hobbes's origins. This interview took place before the Hobbes audiobooks were commissioned.

The interview lasts about 15 minutes.

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Summary of the interview:
  • The Hobbes character and series were inspired by seeing a TV presenter walking around London dressed as a Neanderthal.
  • Andy is sort of based upon the worst aspects of my character and was also inspired by Nigel Bruce's bumbling interpretation of Dr Watson from the 1930-40's films of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories,
  • Mrs Goodfellow's name came from a sprite in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, and she came into the story as an equivalent to Mrs Hudson in Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
  • Sorenchester is loosely based upon a version of Cirencester, with changes to street names and venues, and using places from history that no longer exist, such as The Shambles.
  • The Bones is now the 4th story in what was going to be a trilogy.
  • Andy, like Dregs the dog, is adopted by Hobbes as a pet, only Dregs is more useful, which Andy doesn't realize until much later.
More on Inspector Hobbes and the Bones

The cosy mystery, comedy, paranormal fantasy Inspector Hobbes and the Bones is available in paperback, hardback, ebook and digital audio download.

‘I was grateful for having been born human’
There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.
Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.

Listen to a sample:
This is narrated by the award winning and brilliant Tim Campbell.

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones audiobook

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Unhuman Story Continues Read by Tim Campbell

Books 3 and 4 of my Unhuman series of comedy cozy mystery fantasies are now available in audiobook: Inspector Hobbes and the Gold Diggers (Unhuman III), and Inspector Hobbes and the Bones (Unhuman IV). They are available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes, audiobooks, downpour etc or from library audiobooks. 

'“Creepy, Kooky, Mysterious and Quirky!!!  Hobbes and Andy are at it again!”' AudioBookReviewer.com

Inspector Hobbes and the Gold Diggers
Receiving unwanted attention after foiling an armed robbery, the unhuman Inspector Hobbes takes a long-overdue camping holiday with Andy, his accident-prone friend, and Dregs, the delinquent dog. In the bleak and dangerous Blacker Mountains, Andy stumbles across something shocking, before falling for an attractive widow.

'I love this series of audiobooks; they just keep getting better!' AudioBookReviewer.com

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones 
Certain trouble lies ahead for Andy Caplet. Is the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him merely setting him up for blackmail, or is something even more sinister afoot? Inspector Hobbes certainly believes so, and, though he's not the sort to worry, he is getting worried.

As with the first two audiobooks, these are narrated by the fantastic Tim Campbell (timcampbell.me). 

Listen to Tim reading a sample:

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The AudioBookReviewer is running a giveaway competition for download codes for Inspector Hobbes and the Bones on audible.com. 
There is a time limit on entries. Details are on the review.

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Inspiration for the Unhuman Inspector Hobbes

A short while ago I met with my friend, fellow writer and musician, Nicholas John, to record an interview based around my Unhuman series of novels.

The recording is now available on Nick's website Wordsong.org.uk

"Excerpts from a conversation with Wilkie Martin, author of the four books in the “Unhuman” trilogy, (yes, you read that right). Wilkie talks about the inspiration for his titular character, Inspector Hobbes, writing groups and the fruition of all that hard work…"

Listen to the interview here:


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