Derek’s Good Relations by Mac Black

DGR_Front Derek’s Good Relations by Mac Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Derek’s Good Relations continues the humorous adventures of Derek Toozlethwaite, in the Derek series. A single child brought up by his Gran and Grandad, Derek is suddenly surrounded by relatives. Re-united with his Mum, he’s also discovered his Dad and he’s found he has a sister too.

Derek’s been trying to write a book for years and now he’s been successful with his book on rock group Rabid Revenge. Publicity for the book takes him away from   home as his wife goes into labour at the same time as his sister, but there are enough female relatives to hold the fort.

In fact the female relatives all form the Newingsworth Mafia: Ladies section. They welcome Josephine, Derek’s publicist’s representative into their group unknowing that she is the voluptuous Sophie Clerkenwell-Brown in disguise.

The book is selling like hot cakes until one reader contacts Derek, complaining aggressively about some of the material. in fact Derek finds himself under physical threat from the reader until he’s saved by his mum.

The future is beginning to look rosy until a late birthday celebration has Derek returning to some controversial dressing habits, but its a trip to London for a boxing match which has Sally walking out on Derek once more.

Poor Derek, he really is an unfortunate chap as you’ll see in this fourth book in the Derek series. British comedy still shining through in this latest episode in the life of Derek.

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Please Call Me Derek by Mac Black

Please... Call Me DerekPlease… Call Me Derek by Mac Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Please Call me Derek is a grown up comedy following the events in Derek’s life. It begins with a little introduction to Derek as a child and explains some of the history behind the large Supermarket called Bisko’s which was built on an old piece of derelict ground which young Derek and his friends used to play on.

We next meet Derek aged 29 years old and leaving his current job with the wild idea of becoming an author. Circumstances and unfortunate events find Derek struggling to write and in need of finding a new job.

The book is full of some great characters, I loved Derek’s full name, Derek Toozlethwaite. There is Rob the newspaper editor with a gambling debt to pay, a banker with a hidden secret, his wife Muriel, the victim of a kidnapping and many more. Derek lives with his Grandparents, his Grandad has a paper-round which he does on his bike, while his Gran is doing a study on the benefits of keeping the aging mind active.

There is an unusual element in the book in that many of the characters don’t drive cars and they rely on cycling which adds to the comedy. Grandad’s bike has it’s own starring role in the proceedings more than once, and hopefully someone will give it some loving oil soon.

Throughout the story the local police force are half a step behind most of the goings on, and it seems to be the intent of the characters to outwit the police any way they can, from the very beginning chapter when Derek arrives home with a very large security dog on his trail, to the end when the detective known as Andy Pandy finally throws in the towel.

The plot revolves around a complicated kidnapping, with several twists and turns, leave no stone unturned whilst reading this and beat the detective to the bottom of this crime if you can. Yet despite all that happens to Derek, by the end he finds inspiration for his new book, we leave Derek deeply involved in character fieldwork and look forward to reading more in the next book entitled “Derek in Trouble”.

This book is pure entertainment.

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Author Mac Black will be our guest on the blog tomorrow, do come back and find out more about him.

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