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This Charming Man
This Charming Man: (The Stranger Times 2) | C.K McDonnell
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Vampires do not exist. Everyone knows this. So it's particularly annoying when they start popping up around Manchester . . . Nobody is pleased about it. Not the Founders, the secret organisation for whom vampires were invented as an allegory, nor the Folk, the magical people hidden in plain sight who only want a quiet life. And definitely not the people of Manchester, because there is nothing more irksome than being murdered by an allegory run amok. Somebody needs to sort this out fast before all Hell really breaks loose - step forward the staff of The Stranger Times. It's not like they don't have enough to be dealing with. Assistant Editor Hannah has come back from getting messily divorced to discover that someone is trying to kidnap a member of their staff and while editor Vincent Banecroft would be delighted to see the back of any of his team, he doesn't like people touching his stuff - it's the principle of the thing. Throw in a precarious plumbing situation, gambling debts, an entirely new way of swearing, and a certain detective inspector with what could be kindly referred to as 'a lot of baggage' and it all adds up to another hectic week in the life of the newspaper committed to reporting the truth that nobody else will touch. This Charming Man is the second book in the critically acclaimed The Stranger Times series. 'Wonderfully dark, extremely funny, and evocative of Terry Pratchett - which I think is the highest compliment I can give.' ADAM KAY, about The Stranger Times . . . 'A gag-filled romp . . . in the spirit of Terry Pratchett.' The Times 'Great characters, a jet-propelled plot, and a winning premise.' Guardian 'Fresh and genuinely funny.' SFX
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rabbitprincess
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I liked the plot and the setting and the very droll narration, not to mention the newspaper articles sprinkled throughout. What I did not like was that my copy was just under 500 pages and really heavy to hold. I had to keep putting it down and lost momentum.

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Bonkers, but fun ride for book #2

ShelleyBooksie Stacked - this book sounds funny. 5mo
charl08 @ShelleyBooksie it is: I enjoyed the first one (Stranger Times) so much I had this one on order from the library as soon as it was published. 5mo
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'WHY?' bellowed Banecroft. 'IS THE NOISE BOTHERING YOU?'

With that, he marched back into his office and slammed the door shut behind him.

Hannah shook her head. 'How has he got this far in life with out anyone stabbing him?"

'I heard that,' roared Banecroft from the other room. 'Shows what you know. I've been stabbed twice!'

MaureenMc 😄 5mo
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Before they'd left, Hannah had asked him if he could give them a contact from the Folk to talk to.

'It's not like that, darling,' Cogs had explained. "They ain't got a head of state. It's like asking to speak to the top ginger bloke in the country.

Suet624 😂😂😂 5mo
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