Brett, Simon - 'Blotto, Twinks and the Riddle of the Sphinx'
This is the fifth of the 'Blotto and Twinks' novels by Simon Brett, and there is another financial crisis at Tawcester Towers which leads the Dowager Duchess (mother of our hero and heroine, Blotto and Twinks) to make the decision of selling off the less important of the family possessions long consigned to the attics of the ancestral home.
Blotto and Twinks are dispatched to help the valuer carry out an inspection with little of worth being found until the valuer spies some Egyptian artifacts, collected by the tenth duke. Blotto and Twinks are drawn to a sarcophagus decorated with hieroglyphs which Twinks (the brains and beauty of the duo) translates as 'Anyone who desecrates this shrine will be visited by the Pharoah's curse...' - just as Blotto prises the lid off.
From then on unpleasant incidents start happening at Tawcester Towers and Blotto and Twinks have to stop the accelerating sequence of disasters.
If you have read and enjoyed any of the earlier books in the series then it is probably enough to get you to read it to just tell you that this is more of the same with some new twists and a new location for the ending, but the same characters.
If you are new to the world of Blotto and Twinks, then think of a world that is a cross between PG Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster and a traditional cozy mystery with just a dash of slapstick - if this sounds interesting to you, then read a Blotto and Twinks; it should raise a smile at least. If not a belly laugh.
Where will the next stop be for Blotto and Twinks – India, China?
Read another review of BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX.
Mark Bailey, Northern Ireland