Sinister Dexter A Book Review #bookreview

I’ve not read as much as I should because I’ve been on an audible binge. However I’ve had a few days when my world has been driving me dental. An operation to remove a reluctant canine has been less than delightful, but as compensation I’ve actually turned some pages.

First off the block is Sinister Dexter the third in the Porter Girl series by Lucy Brazier. This is what I wrote for Amazon.

I’m now part of the Portergirl fandom. Three books in and a worrisome gap where the next one has yet to reside. It is fascinating to see how the characters develop, how the nuances are, erm, nuanced over the course of the books with new characters introduced and old ones enhanced. The story seems, at times, a little lost amongst the interactions of the players and maybe that is a weakness here which the first two books do not suffer from but still, it never matters much because Deputy HeadPorter, the Dean, Head Porter et all could be doing the washing up and still you’d want to read on. Indeed the making and cooking of a cottage pie is both mundane and joyous. How can that be? Well that’s how Ms Brazier writes, with dash aplomb and just the right amount of potato topping. Potatoes. Ah yes, the test, set in this book: are you an egg or a potato? You really need the answer to that question and, well, you’d better read the book to find out why.

If you want a chuckle in a believably wacky setting go and join Deputy Head Porter at Old College and Lucy’s cast of characters in her trilogy. It’s the sort of love child that might emerge if Inspector Morse took tea at  Porterhouse College in the Tom Sharpe novel Porterhouse Blue.

Just never ever ask her if she thinks you’re an egg or a potato…

Sinister Dexter and the other Porter Girl books can be found here.

Lucy can be found here.

Eggs and potatoes can be found here.



About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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20 Responses to Sinister Dexter A Book Review #bookreview

  1. Ritu says:

    I have it on my Kindle to read 💜

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Happy to see you liked it as much as I did! 🙂

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    Thanks for the review! I must investigate these. AND I hope all things mouth are well soon.

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  4. Heavens, retractable canines! I hope you are back to eating more than mush soon. I hadn’t heard of these books, they sound intriguing, shall investigate.

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  5. Sorry about your tooth. I’m pleased it was not Dog who was removed

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  7. stevetanham says:

    Egg and potatoes link. Not going to forgive that one anytime soon….

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  8. Lucy Brazier says:

    This is just lovely, thank you so much 🙂 Sorry to hear about the tooth issue, you have my sympathy – there is nothing worse. I had to click the eggs and potato link, just because… 😀

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  9. I didn’t read this, TBH because I didn’t want any spoilers. 🙂 I have the first one in the series and I am so excited to read it. This series looks fantastic!

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  10. A fabulous review of Lucy’s book, Geoff.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Charli Mills says:

    I love Lucy’s work — her writing and acting!


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