Review - MISTER RAINBOW IN THE CASE OF THE COCK ROBIN KILLER, C.S. Boag

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The Case of the Cock Robin Killer
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9781922057884
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Mister Rainbow
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Rainbow's got the blues. His girlfriend's dumped him; his assassin mate Rory's found God; his Aunt Rube's as sick as a bad joke; and his ex-wife's thrown up a barricade - all right, a cordon bleu - around his daughter Imogene.

So when a snake's let loose in a laboratory, his ballet teacher's under siege and a nasty little joker by the name of Cock Robin cops it, Rainbow climbs into the ring because it's his job - but also because he needs the distraction.

In the red corner he finds an unpredictable dame called Tsunami; a crooked cop; a tough -as-granite developer; a politician; a couple of thugs; a paparazzo; and too many bodies.

While in the blue corner- yeah, that's Rainbow's-there's just two dames in distress and a bald journo. The clue is blue. But is that the moody blues, blue blood, a bad blue, a stoush - or just plain old fashioned blue murder

Book Review

Number 5 in the Rainbow series, and THE CASE OF THE COCK ROBIN KILLER might be blue about lots of things, but it won't make you blue to read it. In fact you'll probably find yourself snorting with laughter, or at least rolling your eyes as the puns fly left, right and centre.

The reader of any of my earlier reviews of this wonderfully silly, oddball series will know that I'm a bit of a fan. They are the sorts of books that you pick up late on a Sunday afternoon when you just want to be amused, and not think about the ills of the world. Obviously they are meant to be slightly tongue-in-cheek, and you must read them in that manner (after all our hero's name is Rainbow!) but there is sufficient hat-tips to the standard noir sensibilities that make you realise it's done with huge affection. 

Given those hat-tips, there's a slightly damaged (and now reformed) sidekick; a beautiful woman as a colleague; and there's thugs, photographers and a mildly alarming build up of bodies. There's wisecracks, and a tendency for Rainbow to have been there, done that, lost the t-shirt in a card game. Definitely one to put aside for one of those Sunday reading sessions.

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