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No stranger to fear since meeting the unhuman Inspector Hobbes, Andy Caplet fears getting fired from his reporting job (again). His main concern, though, is a shady property developer who has designs on Sorenchester Common, and more annoyingly on his wife. Perhaps a trip to the mountains will help him relax, but this proves even more perilous with foul weather, inedible food No stranger to fear since meeting the unhuman Inspector Hobbes, Andy Caplet fears getting fired from his reporting job (again). His main concern, though, is a shady property developer who has designs on Sorenchester Common, and more annoyingly on his wife. Perhaps a trip to the mountains will help him relax, but this proves even more perilous with foul weather, inedible food, brigands, and a terrifying cruise. Fortunately, mountain leopards, yetis and Flossy, the yak, take a shine to Andy. Back in the Cotswolds, a child gets murdered and a new detective takes on the case. When Hobbes returns, he (with Andy’s dubious assistance) is relegated to hunting an enormous bird with killer feet. Meanwhile, Andy still worries about the common and the reclusive Common People (surely not yetis?), who will lose their homes if the housing development goes ahead. This standalone novel is the fifth in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of cozy comedy crime fantasies. Buy Inspector Hobbes and the Common People for a quirky crime with fantasy!


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No stranger to fear since meeting the unhuman Inspector Hobbes, Andy Caplet fears getting fired from his reporting job (again). His main concern, though, is a shady property developer who has designs on Sorenchester Common, and more annoyingly on his wife. Perhaps a trip to the mountains will help him relax, but this proves even more perilous with foul weather, inedible food No stranger to fear since meeting the unhuman Inspector Hobbes, Andy Caplet fears getting fired from his reporting job (again). His main concern, though, is a shady property developer who has designs on Sorenchester Common, and more annoyingly on his wife. Perhaps a trip to the mountains will help him relax, but this proves even more perilous with foul weather, inedible food, brigands, and a terrifying cruise. Fortunately, mountain leopards, yetis and Flossy, the yak, take a shine to Andy. Back in the Cotswolds, a child gets murdered and a new detective takes on the case. When Hobbes returns, he (with Andy’s dubious assistance) is relegated to hunting an enormous bird with killer feet. Meanwhile, Andy still worries about the common and the reclusive Common People (surely not yetis?), who will lose their homes if the housing development goes ahead. This standalone novel is the fifth in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of cozy comedy crime fantasies. Buy Inspector Hobbes and the Common People for a quirky crime with fantasy!

30 review for Inspector Hobbes and the Common People: Comedy Crime Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    I. . . liked this but I won't rave about it to other readers. It was readable but not amazing. The title leads you to believe it's about the primitive common people who live in stone-age communities in the unpopulated lands around human settlements. But we barely interact with these people. There's more spent on the interaction with the Yeti peoples that Hobbes and Andy's wife Daphne visited for some secret and never disclosed government reason. The whole book is somewhat disjointed and meanderi I. . . liked this but I won't rave about it to other readers. It was readable but not amazing. The title leads you to believe it's about the primitive common people who live in stone-age communities in the unpopulated lands around human settlements. But we barely interact with these people. There's more spent on the interaction with the Yeti peoples that Hobbes and Andy's wife Daphne visited for some secret and never disclosed government reason. The whole book is somewhat disjointed and meandering. I've enjoyed the series and this won't turn me off any next book, I just wasn't thrilled.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Although this isn't my favorite book of the series, I still enjoyed it! I liked seeing how Andy and Daphne's marriage really is a good thing ... somehow! And as always Hobbes and his household are awesome! Although this isn't my favorite book of the series, I still enjoyed it! I liked seeing how Andy and Daphne's marriage really is a good thing ... somehow! And as always Hobbes and his household are awesome!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    i'm highkey in love with this series and can't wait to read more of them, should mr martin chose to grace us with further books. (please 🥺) i'm highkey in love with this series and can't wait to read more of them, should mr martin chose to grace us with further books. (please 🥺)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    I've been excitedly waiting for a new book in this series! I've been excitedly waiting for a new book in this series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Audiobookreviewer

    Andy Caplet finds himself smack dab in the middle of a mystery again! This time he, his wife, Daphne, and Inspector Hobbes travel to the mountains on a “secret mission.” While there, Andy manages to trip over the mountain only to be rescued by a tribe of Yeti. If that wasn’t bad enough, he returns home to find a slippery housing developer with designs on the town AND his wife! And he’s in fear of losing his job …. again! The fun just gets more intense with each passing moment! I have enjoyed each Andy Caplet finds himself smack dab in the middle of a mystery again! This time he, his wife, Daphne, and Inspector Hobbes travel to the mountains on a “secret mission.” While there, Andy manages to trip over the mountain only to be rescued by a tribe of Yeti. If that wasn’t bad enough, he returns home to find a slippery housing developer with designs on the town AND his wife! And he’s in fear of losing his job …. again! The fun just gets more intense with each passing moment! I have enjoyed each of the Inspector Hobbes books in the series so when the fifth was submitted, I cheered! I love the antics of Andy and the wit of Inspector Hobbes. This is a pair of engaging characters that make the listener laugh out loud! Like the others, this book is told from Andy’s point of view which is perfect as it keeps things fresh and with a slightly twisted view. The author, Wilkie Martin, has done an excellent job of creating characters, places, and situations that engage the audience. This book is a delightfully fun book! The story plot was well written, and each character’s personality was entertaining and fit perfectly into the story. The narrator, Tim Campbell, once again delivers a wonderful performance. He projected the characters perfectly providing rich unique voices that reflect the personalities perfectly. Campbell is an excellent choice for the characters in this book especially Andy! I would say the only downside to this book is that it had to end! If you enjoy fun books with a bit of the supernatural, non-human characters, and lots of fun then this is the perfect series for you! The Audiobook Reviewer’s Choice Award is a prestigious award presented to the author of the book whose story is believed to deserve higher than the standard 5 Star Rating. This is one of those rare books! There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook. Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Another enjoyable adventure with Inspector Hobbes and the usual suspects. The plot is split between a trip to (maybe) the Himalayan mountains and an investigation in Sorenchester surrounding the killing of a young boy and a controversial housing development. Narrator Andy isn't as annoying and sometimes ragingly idiotic as in some of the previous novels and although he is still prone to accidents and bad luck, not each and every of his actions ends in near catastrophy. What is still very much ann Another enjoyable adventure with Inspector Hobbes and the usual suspects. The plot is split between a trip to (maybe) the Himalayan mountains and an investigation in Sorenchester surrounding the killing of a young boy and a controversial housing development. Narrator Andy isn't as annoying and sometimes ragingly idiotic as in some of the previous novels and although he is still prone to accidents and bad luck, not each and every of his actions ends in near catastrophy. What is still very much annoying though is his insane jealousy, his wife Daphne can't even talk to another man without Andy becoming cranky and afraid she might leave him, while he himself fantasises about every beautiful woman he sees. Said jealousy is also about the only reason lazy and homely Andy joins the aforementioned expedition to the mountains and as you can expect, it doesn't go well for him. Now, I get that this is supposed to be funny and Andy is about the most harmless guy you can imagine, but as someone who has experienced extreme jealousy in a relationship and has friends who also had to deal with this, I know that this can lead to extremely unpleasant situations to the point of mental and physical harm. So yeah, that part made me a bit uncomfortable as a means of lighthearted comic relief and I wish Wilkie Martin would stick to something else when it comes to making Andy look like an idiot. Apart from that, this is yet another very fun read and probably Andy's least annoying outing yet. The highlights are as always Inspector Hobbes, his landlady Mrs Goodfellow, Dregs the dog and all the other quirky inhabitants of Sorenchester and the surrounding area. Also, Mr Pierce Twilly! If you want a quick and cozy trip to smalltown Britain with a dash of mystery and the supernatural, this is once again for you. If you expect a deep supernatural crime thriller, this still won't be your cup of tea.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marina E Michaels

    Decently written An okay read. Writing is good. I love the premise and a world with room for the unexplained. And I don't like leaving anything less than top reviews. However. I couldn't like the protagonist, even though I think the reader is supposed to. He isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer and has an unpleasant personality. He whines, feels sorry for himself, has weak ethics, is unreasonably jealous of his long-suffering wife (though he enjoys the thought of causing her pain by making her jea Decently written An okay read. Writing is good. I love the premise and a world with room for the unexplained. And I don't like leaving anything less than top reviews. However. I couldn't like the protagonist, even though I think the reader is supposed to. He isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer and has an unpleasant personality. He whines, feels sorry for himself, has weak ethics, is unreasonably jealous of his long-suffering wife (though he enjoys the thought of causing her pain by making her jealous), and is, in movie parlance, little more than a sexy lamp. He has no agency and the story could be told equally well without him in it. I can't think of any action he takes that affects the story in the slightest. He's repeatedly careless with secrets he's been asked to keep secret. The author's painful attempts at humor (a woman dies in the collapse of a yarn factory, summed up as "She died in the wool") didn't help. I suspect the author is going for a Three Men in a Boat vibe, but he hasn't reached it. Long ago, I read his first three books in this series and remember enjoying them. Maybe my sensibilities have changed. Maybe this volume was just off. Maybe a bit of both. Eventually I skipped to the end of the book to find out how the story came out. I often do that to see if a book is worth my time. If it is, I'll go back and read the entire story. In this case, it wasn't. I've read much worse and it's clear the author cares about his stories. But I won't be reading any more by this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Derek

    Inspector Hobbes and the Common People is a classic piece of good old fashioned British comedy writing. Written without the need for profanity or content that is likely to upset the politically correct brigade. With the hapless Andy Caplet, once again teaming up with the almost human Inspector Hobbes. Dragging Daphne along in one of their escapades adds a little spice to the narrative. I love the characters so much that I have them on the audiobooks, as well as the kindle. Check them out if you ha Inspector Hobbes and the Common People is a classic piece of good old fashioned British comedy writing. Written without the need for profanity or content that is likely to upset the politically correct brigade. With the hapless Andy Caplet, once again teaming up with the almost human Inspector Hobbes. Dragging Daphne along in one of their escapades adds a little spice to the narrative. I love the characters so much that I have them on the audiobooks, as well as the kindle. Check them out if you haven't listened to them because they are brilliant. Tim Campbell does an incredible job with the variety of voices. This book follows along on the same sort of lines as previous books. Andy is an accident waiting to happen as per norm. Hobbes, sorting out other people’s problems (people in the broadest sense). Hobbes and Daphne, coming to Andy’s rescue. The usual stuff but all great fun. But Wilkie Martin can come up with fresh ideas for stable characters, similar to how Terry Pratchett did with the Guards, Witches and Wizards of Unseen University. Same characters, different ideas. We never got bored. Inspector Hobbes and the Common People is a fantastic book from a great author, an excellent narrator and is a first-rate read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Campbell

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book. No compensation was received other than the chance to read and and give an honest review. I loved reading this book from start to finish. It kept a steady pace throughout and was an easy read. If you have watched the BBC Sherlock and loved it your going to love this book. This story made me think of that show many times and I could even envision what was going on throughout it. There were multiple comical points along with not knowing what was going to c Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book. No compensation was received other than the chance to read and and give an honest review. I loved reading this book from start to finish. It kept a steady pace throughout and was an easy read. If you have watched the BBC Sherlock and loved it your going to love this book. This story made me think of that show many times and I could even envision what was going on throughout it. There were multiple comical points along with not knowing what was going to come next. I did not read the other 4 books in the series that preceded this one and that wasn't a problem. There was just enough information throughout to know what was going on even if you didn't read the others. I will be reading the others very soon and I think this may become one of my favorite series this year.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hall

    I love all the books in the unhuman series I have recommended these books to all my family and friends. I have truly enjoyed reading this series and I was really bummed out when I read the last page of the last book. I was a little disappointed though with the last book in the series only because it was more about Andy and not enough about Hobbs. Also the comedy was more slap stick and got tiring with all of Andy's bumbling around. Andy seemed to get more clumsy, Andy needs to grow a bit more, ke I love all the books in the unhuman series I have recommended these books to all my family and friends. I have truly enjoyed reading this series and I was really bummed out when I read the last page of the last book. I was a little disappointed though with the last book in the series only because it was more about Andy and not enough about Hobbs. Also the comedy was more slap stick and got tiring with all of Andy's bumbling around. Andy seemed to get more clumsy, Andy needs to grow a bit more, keep some of his comedy but not to the extent that he is just an idiot who can't seem to be able to walk and talk with out falling down. Keep this series going I can't wait for the next book. Thank you for bringing a smile and a laugh at this difficult time. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Timothy VanderWall

    Wilkie Martin did it again - another totally fun Inspector Hobbes story Like the other novels in the Inspector Hobbes series, this one is filed with lots of adventure and fun (with a bit of mystery too). It also has its share of unhuman folks, including Yeti. There were actually two adventures going on in this yarn - a secret mission to the mountains of Asia and a new housing development right there in Sorenchester (which didn't seem to be exactly on the up-and-up). And don't worry; Andy and his Wilkie Martin did it again - another totally fun Inspector Hobbes story Like the other novels in the Inspector Hobbes series, this one is filed with lots of adventure and fun (with a bit of mystery too). It also has its share of unhuman folks, including Yeti. There were actually two adventures going on in this yarn - a secret mission to the mountains of Asia and a new housing development right there in Sorenchester (which didn't seem to be exactly on the up-and-up). And don't worry; Andy and his lovely wife, Daphne, are in the thick of things. If you have enjoyed the other Inspector Hobbes stories, you will not be disappointed with this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pam Keevil

    As comedy crime goes, the stories of Inspector Hobbes, Andy Caplet, Dregs the dog and the other character of Sorenchester, are fabulous reads. All have great humour, intriguing plots and a cracking pace. Book Five has the added dimension of a far away setting for some of the narrative and there is an underlying theme about the destruction of common land and the power of developers to get their way. I admire the way the author drops in references to past stories so the books can be read as stand As comedy crime goes, the stories of Inspector Hobbes, Andy Caplet, Dregs the dog and the other character of Sorenchester, are fabulous reads. All have great humour, intriguing plots and a cracking pace. Book Five has the added dimension of a far away setting for some of the narrative and there is an underlying theme about the destruction of common land and the power of developers to get their way. I admire the way the author drops in references to past stories so the books can be read as stand alone novels.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I love this series! A police procedural series set on England, but these are procedures you are unlikely to see when they involve Inspector Hobbes. His methods are unorthodox, involving actions somewhat unhuman, which is why the Series is subtitled Unhuman. There's a lot of fun as it's told through the experiences of Andy, his sidekick, who bumbles through the investigations missing most clues and managing to avoid death although we wonder how. A lot of fun with great characters. Probably best to I love this series! A police procedural series set on England, but these are procedures you are unlikely to see when they involve Inspector Hobbes. His methods are unorthodox, involving actions somewhat unhuman, which is why the Series is subtitled Unhuman. There's a lot of fun as it's told through the experiences of Andy, his sidekick, who bumbles through the investigations missing most clues and managing to avoid death although we wonder how. A lot of fun with great characters. Probably best to start at the beginning of the series, but not necessary.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Everest

    English humour An escaped Rhea named Dai. Call me an ambulance! You sir, are am ambulance. If you've never met Andy and Hobbes, Dregs the dog and Mrs Goodfellow you have a fantastic treat to look forward to. The series is brilliant. It definitely needs to be filmed. It's the kind of book you read out to your missus because you think it's so funny and she just looks at you like you're weird. English humour An escaped Rhea named Dai. Call me an ambulance! You sir, are am ambulance. If you've never met Andy and Hobbes, Dregs the dog and Mrs Goodfellow you have a fantastic treat to look forward to. The series is brilliant. It definitely needs to be filmed. It's the kind of book you read out to your missus because you think it's so funny and she just looks at you like you're weird.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Another good read from Willie Martin. Mr. Martin has given us another gem of a story, featuring the amazing, mystical Hobbes, the acutely clumsy Andy and his fantastically patient , (and equally understanding) wife Daphne, plus the usual mix of unusual residents of Sorenchester. This is the fifth of the unhuman series, but can be read as a standalone book. Try this series, you won't regret it. Oh, and look out for flying puns and groaners in this comedy mystery. Another good read from Willie Martin. Mr. Martin has given us another gem of a story, featuring the amazing, mystical Hobbes, the acutely clumsy Andy and his fantastically patient , (and equally understanding) wife Daphne, plus the usual mix of unusual residents of Sorenchester. This is the fifth of the unhuman series, but can be read as a standalone book. Try this series, you won't regret it. Oh, and look out for flying puns and groaners in this comedy mystery.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Grieve

    Another thoroughly enjoyable chapter in the series. Gentle comedy, some laugh out loud moments and self-deprecating humour throughout with a cast of cartoonish semi-believable characters. I spend most of the time smiling to myself when I read these stories. The plots are simple and the enjoyment is through the characters and dialogue. If you like a bit of humorous magic reality/fantasy then these could be for you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I find these stories delightful. They are very tongue in cheek. The narrator is a clumsy man that has been friends with Hobbes for years and though he often finds himself in the funniest trouble, it often ends in help for the Inspector. I was happy to see a new book to the series. It was a fun read and loved the ending. One does need to read the previous books to understand Inspector Hobbes along with Mrs Goodfellow, Andy and Daphne.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laurel B.

    Fun fantasy detective story Unusual entry into the police procedural genre. Interesting characters, including the dog Dregs and the "unhuman" police inspector Hobbes. Lots of fun, lame puns, physical comedy, and good food. I do wish Martin had had a professional copy editor. Too many errors, like commas separating subject and verb, and myriad misspellings of "all right." There's no such word as "alright." Fun fantasy detective story Unusual entry into the police procedural genre. Interesting characters, including the dog Dregs and the "unhuman" police inspector Hobbes. Lots of fun, lame puns, physical comedy, and good food. I do wish Martin had had a professional copy editor. Too many errors, like commas separating subject and verb, and myriad misspellings of "all right." There's no such word as "alright."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dottie Hunt

    The AMAZING INSPECTO R HOBBES I have read all of the inspector Hobbes books. They are amazingly funny. When I start reading one of the books I can't put it down. Andy gets in so much trouble, or I should say misadventures. Wilkie Martin is a wonderful writer I can't wait for his next book. The AMAZING INSPECTO R HOBBES I have read all of the inspector Hobbes books. They are amazingly funny. When I start reading one of the books I can't put it down. Andy gets in so much trouble, or I should say misadventures. Wilkie Martin is a wonderful writer I can't wait for his next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Not my cup of tea It's always tricky to recommend comedy, I find. I hoped for something more like Christopher Fowler, and inspector Hobbes is nothing like that. The series seems to be very popular. There's an endearing dog, a good cook, an inspector and a sidekick and British folklore, so I'm not sure why I'm not in love. Not my cup of tea It's always tricky to recommend comedy, I find. I hoped for something more like Christopher Fowler, and inspector Hobbes is nothing like that. The series seems to be very popular. There's an endearing dog, a good cook, an inspector and a sidekick and British folklore, so I'm not sure why I'm not in love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Mckenzie

    All’s well that ends well Another great story told in style that’s magical. Quintessential English and fantastical at the same time. I highly recommend this and the previous three books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    shirley scott

    Excellent! This is one of a series of books which are all amazing. The hapless Andy, and the unhuman Hobbes are a joy. This book has Monks, Yetis, Not Yetis and more. Funny, can’t putdown able, joyous reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    The best one yet. Well worth the wait for this one, Martin Wilkie has written a wonderful book again about Andy and Hobbes adventures. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended to all of my Goodreads friends who read fantasy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sunman

    Nice read like the rest of the series. I always look forward to new Hobbes books. They are lighthearted and fun. Always good for some laughs. I’ll probably check out the audible edition as well because the narration is great.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Junell

    Another Winning Inspector Hobbes Book! Once again another great foray into the world of the unhuman realm with Inspector Hobbes at the lead. Read Wilkie Martin fans- you won't be disappointed. I am looking forward to the next novel. Another Winning Inspector Hobbes Book! Once again another great foray into the world of the unhuman realm with Inspector Hobbes at the lead. Read Wilkie Martin fans- you won't be disappointed. I am looking forward to the next novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Another fine installment Yet again wilkie Martin comes up trumps . This outing for the team is if anything better than the previous books . I look forward to the next chapter with anticipation of a further feast

  27. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    Another great addition in the Unhuman Series It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of being transported to the little Cotswold village with Mr Hobbs, Andy Caplet & the other familiar characters. It was a great read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Cotton

    Homeless Common People As a redevelopment of the nearby common (to the misfortune of the common people),Andy and Hobbes return to help.New bosses, a young boy shot and adventure to the mountains - where will the adventure end?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    A continuation of the Inspector Hobbes series Andy falls over many times. Inspector Hobbes drives fast. I recommend adding a fox in the next book or a Tūi.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Cornell

    Great Read A fun, funny, entertaining read. I'd forgotten how much fun Hobbes adventures were. Just terrific good. Andy and Dregs are the best. Great Read A fun, funny, entertaining read. I'd forgotten how much fun Hobbes adventures were. Just terrific good. Andy and Dregs are the best.

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