Never The Bride – Paul Magrs

I know, I know, I said I would do this daily and I do apologise but I think my two excuses are valid which are a) I have been on deadline with work and still am and b) I still havent finished Pilcrow though with a night in planned tonight involving a hot date with me a few cups of tea and the rest of the book you should have a lovely shiny review to read tomorrow! My new pact is to try and write a new blog everyday!

I thought though I would do a blog today reviewing one of my favourite books from last year which was Never The Bride by Paul Magrs.I have the sequel Something Borrowed on my TBR for a while since and think will get reading it this weekend or early next week as the adventures of Brenda and Effie the heroines of the novels are just brilliant. Witty, gothic, and with the goings on of old ladies, what more could you want? I had the joy of interviewing Mr Magrs today on the phone and he was very lovely and very supportive of the blog which was very nice, I then realised I hadnt blogged for days and looked a bit slack so here you are! Fingers crossed Mr Magrs is also going to be doing something special on here in the forthcoming weeks which is exciting!
So here is a revised review from the other blog that I posted just before Christmas, bare in mind I had just read (what I thought was awful) Twilight…

After my difficult times through Twilight earlier in the month I hadn’t planned on reading any fiction that had any spooky goings on for a while. This however kept giving me the nod and almost said ‘read me… NOW’ and I am glad it did it was the perfect read. Brenda runs a B&B in Whitby, she has chosen the location for its peace and quiet and also as somewhere to finally settle along with her best friend Effie she spends various afternoons having tea or having a nice night out together. They also love a gossip and they also love a good nosey into mysterious happenings which seem to be happening a lot more often in Whitby.
Why does everyone come from ‘The Deadly Boutique’ looking several years younger but also growing oddly smaller? Who are the strange Green Family who come and stay with Brenda and have an odd look about them? Who is the new mysterious Mr Alucard? What is really going on at The Christmas Hotel with its scarily sweet owner? In what could be a collection of short stories you are taken on an adventure each time with Brenda and Effie as they bumble along like two slightly warped Miss Marple’s, a character I adore.

Having read some other reviews which said the book was ‘like living in parallel Whitby where demons and vampires live with the locals’ or ‘totally for Goths’ or ‘surreal sci-fi’ my thoughts are ‘no, no, no’. Do not let these reviews put you off as they might have done me. This book shouldn’t be pigeonholed into genres its simply fantastical story telling where spooky goings on happen in a sleepy sea side tourist trap. I wanted to move their instantly and be having afternoon teas with Brenda and Effie straight away.

Magrs has created two brilliant heroines. Brenda is nosey and investigative but kind and thoughtful which balances out Effie’s slightly cynical and misunderstanding nature. Both of them, though Brenda far more so, also have very dark pasts and as the book develops you slowly find out more and more about the two women and the skeletons in their cupboards. There is also their wonderful gay sidekick Robert who is involved in a very funny scene in the sand dunes of Whitby!

I absolutely loved this as you can probably tell. I didn’t think it was like Buffy the Vampire Slayer in book for I thought it was a wonderful tale about two nosey women, their friendship and what happens when things start to go bump in the night. If you loved Willis Hall, Robin Jarvis or even The Brothers Grim as a youngster then you will love this book as someone older. Or if like me you love Most Haunted, there is a brilliant similar show in the book with hilarious outcomes or anything of a spooky nature. This book has thrills, spills, spooks and a good sprinkling of laughter thrown in. Perfect!

~ by greatgayreads on April 27, 2009.

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