Trading Vincent Crow by D.C.J. Wardle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Trading Vincent Crow is a book of British dark humour. Don’t let the title put you off. We first meet Vincent Crow employed in a lowly job as kitchen pot-washer in a pub called “The Carrot and Jam Kettle” in the Midlands of England; it’s New Year’s Eve. Vowing not to be stuck in this job forever Vince decides it’s time to aim higher, he’s got a trade-up plan to better himself in life.
Through luck and keeping his eyes open to opportunities, his head on his shoulders and his strict three month trade-up rule Vince finds himself as; a bar-man, a factory worker, a London hotel receptionist, a temporary hotel manager, a London cabbie, a Porsche driving Chauffeur, a Pub manager and ends his year with an offer to run a business in Asia.
I did find the first part of the book a bit slow, it pre-dates the internet boom and the social networking of today, but once Vince got to London, the book picked up and had me chuckling along. The black-market world of the foreign Europeans and their scheming hard-working ways to make money poked fun at the more gullible Westerners. I particularly warmed to Vince’s Nan when he came home and her colourful language, plus there is a delightful episode with a Tiger in Asia.
A quick read and definitely one with a few giggles along the way.
This book was supplied by Publishing Push.
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One for me, I think.
Excellent, look out for Vince’s Nan!
I think this sounds quite up my street!
Great! I think you’ll see the dark side of this humour.
I do like a bit of dark humour so one for me to check out – thanks!
Let’s take a walk to Amazon right now 🙂
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Thanks for the great review. I’m glad you enjoyed the humour. Vince’s nan was the character I enjoyed writing for the most. In the sequel, Vince’s nan becomes a far more prominent character, primarily to enable my indulgence in her non-sequitur ranting. It’s set in SE Asia where I’ve lived off and on for many years, so hopefully my experience adds to the depth of the story.
Thanks for stopping by, I think Vince’s Nan in Asia will be very colourful indeed.