I have a character interview with Jamieson Ridenhour.
My review & a very special giveaway!
I am so honored to be part of the Barking Mad Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Tours!
Description from Publisher: The year is 1931. The scene is werewolfishly classic English fare. And tonight the moon hangs as full as a royal pie plate in this inaugural Reginald Spiffington mystery when the none too obsequious playboy, Reggie, sets out for a delectably long weekend at Huffsworthy Hall to assist his dear friend, Moony, in his failing endeavor to take the hand of his lady-love and to partake in the culinary talents of the genius chef running the kitchen. With no one reason more important than the next, he ll be off straight after breakfast. Reggie s itinerary for the weekend turns abruptly less toothsome when he decides to solve the unexpected murder of another of the Hall s guests, a guest whose luggage is secretly packed full of nefarious plans. Soon, all Huffsworthy s inhabitants are potential suspects, including Reggie s saucy, quick-witted love-interest, Mimsy Borogrove. Aided by his invaluable valet, Pelham, and armed only with his knowledge of detective novels and a newly acquired set of keener, canine senses, Reggie sets out to find the killer before another meal falls to ruin.
Loved it! It’s that simple. The story was entertaining, witty, funny and a bit of a mystery thrown in. The characters were engaging and the book was well written. Reggie is absolutely dashing! He thinks he comes up with all the answers but most of them are given to him. His best friend Moony asks him for some help with wooing a girl over the weekend at Moony’s estate. Reggie wouldn’t dream of not going. His love for Dobbins cooking alone will get him to go. What he doesn’t bargain for is a murder. We are then taken on the witty ride of finding the killer. As this is going on Reggie falls victim to a werewolf. He doesn’t know what to do about that. But must find out who made him so with a killer on the loose. The talks between Reggie and Pelham his valet is just unbelievably written and makes you just want to find out more about them. I can’t wait to read more from Jamieson. You will enjoy this tale and the dashing Reggie. All the characters were lovable and you just fell right into the story. I recommend reading this as you will not be disappointed in doing so.
I give Barking Mad by Jamieson Ridenhour 5 of 5 stars. I also am including this in my favorites of 2012.
About the Author:
Jamieson Ridenhour is the author of Barking Mad: A Reginald Spiffington Mystery, available from Typecast Publishing in June of 2011. He is the editor of the Valancourt edition of Sheridan Le Fanus 1872 lesbian vampire novella Carmilla, as well as creator of the award-winning short fairy-tale horror film Cornerboys.
The South Carolina native now lives in Bismarck, ND, where he writes poetry about movie monsters and murder-mysteries with werewolves in them. He also plays wicked lead guitar with Bismarck-based rock and roll band Blind Mice, lectures on vampires and Charles Dickens (though not at the same time), and generally frolics on the plains. He lives with his wife Gwyn and their two children Ian and Eva.
Me: Do you have a nickname you like? Why & Where did it come from?
Mr. S: Nicknames, is it? Reggie is the only nickname I carry with me, and it’s most likely obvious to all but the dimmest bulbs how “Reginald” becomes “Reggie.” My good friend Archibald Huffsworthy has a real, honest-to-whichever nickname. He’s generally called “Moony.” Those of us in his year at Cambridge gave him the nickname after a rugby match one drunken evening. The obvious reason for choosing “Moony” was that no one wants to say “Archibald” more than is absolutely necessary. Logic, what?
Me: What do you like to do in your free time?
Mr. S: There is so little free time, don’t you find? Between having dinners with friends and hob-nobbing at my club, The Idlers, I find I barely have time to motor down to the country every other weekend or so to visit my out-of-town acquaintances.
An ideal swatch of free time would involve an icy drink in one hand and a lovely lady on the opposite arm. And a cheese souffle. I adore cheese souffles.
Me: What is your biggest fear?
Mr. S: Being a werewolf (you did know that, didn’t you dear? Don’t want to frighten you), my fears tend towards losing control one moonlit evening and savaging some innocent passerby. That would be frightfully unfortunate.
I also have recurring nightmares wherein I arrive at a dinner party with smudged cufflinks. Dashed horrible. Pray give me a moment to sit down until the thought passes.
Me: Do you want to share something with us?
Mr. S: Why? Do you want to share something with me? That’s quite good, isn’t it? Double entendre, what?
Me: What is on your nightstand?
Mr. S: A tumbler half-full of single malt, a box of matches and a tobacco pouch, and two books: Murder in the Soup by Mimsy Borogove and The Book of Werewolves by the Reverend Baring –Gould. I can’t recommend the latter—it’s too much like American football, simultaneously gratuitously violent and astonishingly boring.
Me: How did you feel when you almost ran into the “Nag”? Did your life flash before you?
Mr. S: You mean when Fitchly Skorjenhensen left his bloody great horse in the middle of the roadway? There was no time for my whole life to flash before me. It happened so quickly that I only was able to flash through primary school before we landed in the ditch. I assume my next near-death experience will take me through my years at Eton.
Me: What is your favorite thing that Dobbins makes?
Mr. S: Ahh Now we are in my favorite territory. Dobbins, that master chef at Huffsworthy Hall, is a true culinary artiste. Everything Dobbins makes in delectable in the extreme. He has a way with bacon that makes one wish to live a better life. But if pressed, I’d have to settle on a salmon mousse he made during the summer of 1928. I have haunting dreams of that salmon mousse, from which I have more than once awakened feeling bereft to know it is forever in my past. He also makes dashed fine soup.
Me: Anything else you would like to let us know about you?
Mr. S: I’m having the most frightful fun being a modern Twit over at @rspiffington. I’d love to see any of you there. My man Pelham says it’s all newfangled nonsense, but I find the more the world can get to know me the better, what? I’m dashed dashing, you know.
Thank you so much for taking time out to answer my questions Mr. Spiffington. I do think your dashing! =)
Jamie is offering a giveaway for all entries gathered during the Tour. A signed copy of Barking Mad, 4 unique signed character cards and a DVD! Enter the giveaway here! All contest details can be found – HERE
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Don’t forget to hop by the other stops on this tour!
Monday, February 6th – Reels Well Blog
Tuesday, February 7th – A Casual’s Reader Blog
Wednesday, February 8th – Evie Bookish
Thursday, February 9th – My Bookish Way’s
Friday, February 10th – Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, February 13th – I Just wanna Sit Here and Read!
Tuesday, February 14th – Books and Things
Wednesday, February 15th - Books and Other Creative Adventures
Thursday, February 16th – Sweeping Me
Friday, February 17th - Reviews by Molly
Monday, February 20th – Unabridged Andra
Tuesday, February 21st - Buried in Books
Wednesday, February 22nd – Hooked on Books
Thursday, February 23rd -Glorious Books
Friday, February 24th – A Cupcake and A Latte
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review purposes only. This is no way changes my opinion of the book. This part of a blog tour hosted by Kismet Book Tours. All information on the book can be found at the authors website. Giveaway is sponsored by author. Sweeping Me is not responsible for the giveaway.< img src="http://sweepingme.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/sigsweep_edited-1.png"/>