I’ve often felt drawn to a book because of its title, and my interest was certainly piqued by Peter Benson’s latest novel, Kidnap Fury Of The Smoking Lovers. I also reviewed the author’s last novel and was enthralled with his writing, hopeful for another story to immerse myself in.
As Fargo begins working as a gardener for Harry Swaine, owner of a large house and chain of butcher shops he witnesses a violent altercation between the butcher and his wife Anne. This leads to an impromptu decision, and Fargo and Anne decide to leave the south coast of England for a trip to north Wales, with the dog in tow. The ensuing chase from Harry, a private investigator and the public all leads to some eventful shenanigans.
The premise of this Kidnap Fury Of The Smoking Lovers may not seem unique – scorned husband, younger lover, wantaway wife – however, the plot features a wealth of drama, complex characters and extreme situations. The relaxed pace and humorous output all combine in such a way that lends itself to the author’s nuanced style of writing that works extremely well. Engaging and entertaining, it’s the perfect read to provide a bit of escapism.
Kidnap Fury Of The Smoking Lovers, Peter Benson (Seren)
Price: £9.99. Info: here
words RHIANON HOLLEY
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