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Morning Cuppa:A Study In Temperance

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome back to Max and Collin’s marvelously mysterious and sublimely sleuth-tastic parlour located beneath the beating heart of te splendidly scenic city of Steampunk’d Lancaster.

True some have said that its occupants couldn’t figure their way out of a paper bag and that the only mystery involved is their continued existence but we consider that such people are merely embittered that we are smarter than them.

You find us this morning with a happy pig swilling beer, and a new idea for making rent money – we are going to open a small private detective agency! Surely there is an abundance of crime here in Lancaster (much of which we are involved in ourselves and still more of which we are already acquainted with the perpetrators, so finding the villains should be a piece of cake!)

However we wanted to begin in an informed manner and so we have been reading A Study In Temperance by our good friend Mr Ichabod Temperance. It’s taken us rather longer than intended to review this book because when we read an exert of The Two Faces Of Temperance WE JUST HAD to read that one first, we couldn’t wait! So our review schedule got a little messed up as we didn’t feel we could review book 10 out of the blue without going back and doing books 4-9 first.. if that makes sense? So, without further ado, let us kick our tentacles up on the table, pour an excellent cup of Sherlock Holmes Tea from Victoria Mae Designs  and take a look …

If you haven’t yet begun the riotous romp that is the adventures of Mr Temperance and Miss Persephone Plumtartt, you could easily start with this adventure but you would do much better (because otherwise you will have missed so much fun!)to begin at the beginning…

If on the other hand you have got to book three and been eagerly awaiting to get your hands (or indeed tentacles) on the next installment then you are going to be in heaven because this series just gets better and better!

This time Ichabod and Persephone are back in England and we also get to meet a rather famous fictional detective… this was so splendidly done, as always,the writer goes far beyond taking a literary character, plot or setting and lifting it into his own world – rather he utterly makes it his own with more parody and pastiche than even we could shake a stick at. Also, as the books are progressing, t Persephone and Ichabod are given less of the spotlight which is a very interesting approach and gives the comedy a lot more scope as well!

We really don’t want to give any spoilers on this marvelous tale, suffice to say, another laugh out loud, unpredictable and utterly delightful  adventure from this chaotic couple.

And now we must busy ourselves with finding the right hats and pipes and business cards and all the other essential things needed for solving crime… we wish you all a delightfully delinquent morning and if you are personally involved in any felonious enterprises do please let us know so that we can cash-in won’t you?

And do remain always, utterly yourself.

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8 responses

  1. I knew the pig would be happier with beer.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      You were absolutely right. We humbly bow to your superior knowledge in these matters Mrs. B …

      Liked by 1 person

      September 21, 2018 at 6:37 am

  2. Pigs are swell.

    Oh my Goodness! I am so happy that you and Colin read our little adventure, and even more that you liked it. Thank you. It means more to me than you know.
    I apologize for not being around in a couple of weeks. I am working 13 hours a day and more, 6 days a week in preparation for opening our haunted attraction: Sloss Fright Furnace. We open this Friday night. One of our exhibits is a large, overly active Tesla Coil. I will post some pics.

    Happy Trails!
    Happy Reading!
    The Worlds first Consulting Protagonist and your pal,
    ~Icky. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    September 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Wow Icky you are busy! No need to apologise! – we hope you have a fantastic launch and a frightfully fabulous Fright Furnace throughout the festive halloween season 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      October 1, 2018 at 6:29 am

      • Hi Penny.
        Sorry for the late response on this, but here are a few photos of our ten foot tall Tesla Coil. The first pic is of it in storage, then the components, and then a blurry pic of it in action. It is in the same room as the largest steam engine on Earth. The lightning bolts find a ground themselves on the engine. I will attempt better pics.

        Liked by 1 person

        October 14, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      • smithandskarry1

        Wowser! That looks incredible Icky! Thanks for sharing – hope your Halloween is spook-tackular! 😀

        Liked by 1 person

        October 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

  3. * The lightning bolts find a ground for themselves on the steel of the engine.

    Liked by 1 person

    October 14, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Goodness! Wish we had something like that on the roof of the parlour – we could earth it in our Lnadlords head and solve many problems!

      Liked by 1 person

      October 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm

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