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After 22 years in the Royal Air Force, 5 years in the National Health Service and 10 years at one of the UK’s largest charities, Oxfam, Tony decided he’d done enough for Queen and Country and he was about due some ‘me’ time.
Consequently he took early retirement in 2010 to work on his writing. He lives in Oxfordshire UK with his Albatross and a pet monkey. (No, not really. That’s just a vain attempt to sound interesting.)
Rufus Cobb, Adele Curran and Jim Darby are the lead characters in a series of books – The Londum Series - written by Tony Rattigan. Set in an alternate Victorian Era, they recount the adventures of Rufus Cobb a private detective, his lady friend Adele Curran (who just happens to be a witch) and Jim Darby who is a jewel-thief and conman ... but whose crimes strangely only seem to benefit the poor. Cobb and his friends live in the city of Londum, in the country of Albion, the centre of the British Empire.
Georgina Anne Taylor
on Feb. 24, 2012 :
My rating 4.7 rounded up to 5 stars.
Ratings for the individual books that comprise this omnibus: 'Split Infinity' 5 stars, 'Hair of the Dog' 5 stars, 'The Speed of Dark' 4 stars.
'The Londum Omnibus', set within the alternative reality of Londum, is thoroughly enjoyable reading. Tony Rattigan's humour is genuinely funny, his puns witty. I found myself laughing aloud throughout the series. The plot lines are tight, each story wrapping up well. The characters are very likable, with a host of minor parts played to perfection. I am not easily entertained by fight scenes or battles, and these parts did not engage me as much, but I'm sure others will disagree.
I am looking forward to reading 'Snake Eyes' the next novel in the series. I can see myself re-reading these stories in the future.
I would love to see new covers for these great books!
(reviewed long after purchase)