Saturday, 14 February 2015

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Maman Sánchez

Book review: 
"The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman" is, unsurprisingly, about the disappearance of Atticus Craftsman, a 30-year-old Englishman in Spain.

He had traveled to Madrid, Spain, on his father's bequest to close the family business's literary magazine there, "Librarte", thus putting its five female employees, each with their own back-story, out of work. But whilst there he disappears as a plan hatched by the employees to save themselves comes to fruition.

Meanwhile the local inspector Manchego is on the case, except he doesn't appear to be doing very well as many things conspire against him.

It's only when Atticus's father, Marlow Craftsman, has had enough and goes searching for his son himself, going "into the jungle to save his son from the clutches of the natives who were about to devour him in a cauldron full of Twinnings Earl Grey", that things get resolved, with all ending happily.

Overall then a tale that is mainly farce, what with the clash between "aristocratic, antiquated  and cold Englishness" and the Spanish way of things, plus an inspector who seems incompetent, before all is revealed and love comes to the fore.

Amazon link: The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman (from £7.13 at the time of writing) 

Release date: 26 March 2015

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