News Releases 2013

‘Sherlock Holmes Inspired Funny Book, “Inspector Hobbes And The Blood”, Free On Kindle 24-26 August’

22 August 2013  http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=179084

Inspector Hobbes and the Blood by Wilkie Martin

Inspector Hobbes and the Blood by Wilkie Martin

On August 24/ 25/ 26, book-lovers can download the Sherlock Homes inspired comedy crime fantasy novel, “Inspector Hobbes and the Blood”, for FREE. This download is available for Kindle or on any PC, tablet or smartphone with a Kindle APP.

Cotswolds, UK –  Wilkie Martin’s debut Inspector Hobbes and the Blood (publisher The Witcherley Book Company) is FREE on Amazon Kindle on 24-26 August (starting/ending midnight PST). It is a fast-paced comedy crime fantasy with lots of ludicrous and humorous situations, and lashings of good food. Set in an English Cotswolds town, it is a diverting light read and was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers in 2012. It is suitable for a wide audience from young adult to those of a more mature age, and should give many a good laugh.

“Inspector Hobbes can get rather wild, especially when he’s hungry, and I was unable to get into his mind,” says Wilkie, “as his thought processes are so different to those of normal people. Conan-Doyle used Dr. Watson as a narrator to solve the problem of explaining the unusual mind of Sherlock Holmes, so I decided to use one too. Mine, Andy Caplet, is a local reporter who gets assigned to Inspector Hobbes. He’s clumsy and struggles against his many flaws which lead to him becoming the main character; it is Andy who is often, unintentionally, the focus of the comedy”. Wilkie explains more behind the characters in his blog.

“Inspector Hobbes and the Blood” is the first in the ‘unhuman’ series featuring Inspector Hobbes, and Andy Caplet. It has 5 star reviews on Amazon and has been described as an “entertaining and amusing tale” by Amazon Top Reviewer, Brett H, who says it has “more double-entendres than a Carry On film” and an “action packed climax”.  The Free Kindle promotion is a way of introducing more readers to the weird and wonderful ‘unhuman’ world before the second book “Inspector Hobbes and the Curse” is published in October.

The FREE Kindle book can also be read on PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones using FREE software from Amazon. It is also available in paperback from Amazon and good bookshops; and a draw for one of 5 FREE paperback copies is being run by GoodReads.com (http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/61198) and can be entered using a Goodreads or Facebook logon until September 9.


“Being Human Is The Least We Normally Expect From A Policeman,” Says Debut Novelist Wilkie Martin

24 July 2013  http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=177753

Release of debut novel, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood, inspired by Neanderthal programme and first in unhuman series from Impress Prize for New Writers shortlisted Wilkie Martin.

Cotswolds, UK – The central character in Wilkie Martin’s debut novel, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood was inspired by seeing British TV presenter and gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, walking around London’s Oxford Street made-up to look like a Neanderthal. “I thought, what if there really were non-human people, not necessarily Neanderthals, but ‘unhumans’, walking around; they’d need a job, and why not the police? Being human is the least we normally expect from a policeman. Although it was some time ago, the image struck a chord and the idea stuck with me, and with other people who found the character of Inspector Hobbes appealing,” says Wilkie.

Inspector Hobbes and the Blood, is a fast-paced comedy crime fantasy with lots of ludicrous and humorous situations, and lashings of good food. Set in an English Cotswolds town, it is a diverting light read for all ages that was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers in 2012. It will be published by The Witcherley Book Company on 26 July 2013 in paperback (ISBN: 9780957635104, £7.99) and Kindle (ISBN: 9780957635111, £4.99) on Amazon, and in paperback from other online retailers, or bookshops.

It is the first in the ‘unhuman’ series featuring Inspector Hobbes, and is narrated by Andy Caplet, a failed journalist. “Andy was a way of getting into and explaining an unusual mind and allowing the reader to relate to Hobbes through a normal, if very fallible, human being,” says Wilkie, who explains more behind the characters in his blog (http://blog.wilkiemartin.com).

The original Alan Titchmarsh programme was broadcast on the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-lancashire/plain/A21606040) in 2004, and was covered by The Sun newspaper (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/94854/Dya-dig-my-new-image.