Good evening sweeties, it is Mad Martha with you once again. I am very excited about today’s Haiku Review because it centres around a book which centres around a town which is close to my heart. Today’s review reflects on the work of Paul Magrs, with the opener to his Brenda and Effie series, Never the Bride. Now, I will admit that I have had an up-and-down relationship with Mr Magrs….it started off quite down until I discovered he wrote for Doctor Who – the television program, not the actual Time Lord – after which he went up in my estimation quite significantly. Having discovered the Brenda and Effie series, I have to say Mr Magrs and I will probably continue to develop our comraderie for a long time to come.
Never the Bride is a supernatural comic detective story about friendship and enjoying one’s twilight years and working against the demons of hell. It’s easy pace and immediately likeable main character (who happens to be the Bride of Frankenstein) draw you in and before you know it you are engrossed in the sedately paced adventures of two old spinsters and the various nefarious beings residing in their locale. The first thing that drew me to this one is the fact that it is set in Whitby – a town that I have visited in my numerous travels.
Here I am enjoying the sea breeze on the pier (and avoiding the enormous seagulls – honestly, why are they so large?), availing myself of the services of the local laundrette (which is actually mentioned in the story – my little brush with fame!) and enjoying the view from my B&B window….was it close to the B&B that Brenda herself runs? I like to think so!
But on to the Haiku!
hunts down hell-spawn in Whitby.
Nothing could go wrong!
So there you have it. For me, Paul Magrs was an acquired taste, but if you enjoy dark comedy and stories that are slightly off-kilter, you may well enjoy his many works.