31 March 2011

Forgotten Book: ANGEL HUNT, Mike Ripley

This week's Friday's Forgotten book for the meme hosted by Patti Abbott on Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books is the first entry in my records for 1993.

Publisher's Blurb
Angel is house-sitting for a relative of his landlord when a body drops in through the bathroom skylight. Things start to get really complicated, however, when the corpse turns out to be an old fellow student trying to cut loose from an Animal Rights splinter group.

Between 1988 and 1996, the CWA presented an award for the year's best humorous crime novel; this was initially known as The Punch Award, but subsequently changed to the Last Laugh Dagger. (The Last Laugh Awards are currently presented at CrimeFest)
Mike Ripley won it twice
1989: Angel Touch and 1991: Angels in Arm.

ANGEL HUNT is #3 in a 15 book series of comedy thrillers published 1988-2008. The central character of the series is Band-leader, Fitzroy Maclean Angel.

More about Mike Ripley: source
Mike Ripley is the author of 18 novels, including the award-winning “Angel” series of comic thrillers and about a dozen short stories; and was also a scriptwriter for BBC TV’s “Lovejoy”. As a critic of crime fiction since 1989, he has reviewed over 1,000 crime novels and thrillers, including a ten-year stint as reviewer for the Daily Telegraph. He now writes the monthly “Getting Away With Murder” column for the crime fiction website www.shotsmag.co.uk and is the Series Editor of Top Notch Thrillers, which aims to revive Great British thrillers from the Sixties and Seventies which ‘do not deserve to be forgotten’.

2 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - What a great choice for Forgotten Books! It's not easy to combine comedy and an interesting murder mystery and it sounds like Ripley has done it here.

Mike Ripley said...

Thank you. It's nice not to be forgotten completely.

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