Book Review: Something Borrowed by Paul Magrs

Brenda longs for a quiet life; a life where she's free to run her B&B and enjoy cups of tea with her friend Effie. Unfortunately for Brenda trouble tends to seek her out.
The whole palaver begins with poison pen letters that start flying around the quiet lanes of Whitby. Then there's Jessie thew Zombie Womanzee, an amorous and strangely unaged professor of Icelandic history and terrifying encounters with bamboo wickerwork gods from the dawn of time.
Lord only knows where it will end- especially if Brenda can't stop herself from going to pieces.

This is the second in the Brenda and Effie series by Paul Magrs, I was really looking forward to it having loved the first one, Never the Bride. However, sadly this one just didn't do it for me. Something Borrowed focuses quite heavily on Brenda and whilst she is a fantastic character, I found that I really missed the dynamic she has with Effie. It was very interesting to learn more about Brenda's colourful and extensive past but I did not find myself as gripped as I was with the first book.
Paul Magrs takes us into the weird and wonderful world of Whitby again and I enjoyed the eccentric characters and goings on, I just wasn't as taken as before.
I shall definitely try the next book in the series and hpoe that Conjugal Rites includes more of Brenda and Effie's wonderful relationship.


This Miss Loves to Read said...

Cool review! The book seems kinda weird, but in a good way.;)

Anonymous said...

Oh dear sorry this didnt quite have the same effect as the first. The third in the series is much more about them as a duo again though.

brizmus said...

So sad when the second book doesn't live up to the first. :-(

Dot said...

I am going to give the third one a go, I think there is nearly always a book within a series that doesn't quite meet expectations.

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