I've always been a huge Michael Palin fan, so when I came across this book, I didn't pass up a chance to buy it, it would be the first time I got round to reading a novel written by him and I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
No matter how catchy a book, I'm not usually the kind that can't resist putting it down, I'm usually too knackered to read for long but I don't think it was just the fact that I was on holiday that I couldn't stop reading this book! The way it was written flowed so wonderfully, the plot itself is rather intricate despite the subject matter seemingly offering very little initially.. after all how exciting can a book about a geeky postal worker really be, I thought to myself.
The characters are easy to picture, the events quite comical and you find yourself siding with the frustrated figure of Martin rather quickly and wanting him to break out of his brittle shell and release his beast with vengeance! The clever part of the book is that it draws out this moment until the very end but gives the reader plenty of teasers throughout.
It's well written and entertaining, the location it's based in has to some extent the same comfortable safety of the typical English village you'd find in Midsomer Murders or Miss Marple, meaning no one can really be trusted! An extremely good read that I just couldn't put down!