A Rum Do
Bob is in Barbados, and trying to have a reasonable holiday with his unreasonable wife and a collection of strange guests.
Major things are afoot.
Curious fishing trips are arranged, cars explode, covert meetings are held. All roads seem to lead to a broken-down house deep in the pallid underside of Barbados.
Bob investigates ... More
Bob and his wife Cleo are visiting Barbados for about the fourteenth time – a fact that makes them think they are part of the Caribbean furniture and, more importantly, best mates with the young owners of the beachside hotel, Katie and Webster Cropover.
The reality is somewhat different. Cleo is generally considered to be a tiresome snob, who would not be averse to a romantic fling with anyone who owns a hotel. Especially neighbouring hotelier Royston Splashers, who might easily have given her a second glance when she was wearing her low-cut hibiscus number once.
And Bob. Well, Bob. The guy who produces a major wit for his two weeks in Barbados, and then packs it away, with his worrying shorts and dated sunglasses, until the following year.
Why do people seem so tired all the time? Guests, and even hotel owners are dropping like flies.
Bob gets a much needed shot of adventure. There is some kind of rendezvous in a foul and broken-down house in the less than touristy hills of Barbados. He gets out of his car at the wrong moment, get covered in mud to the extent that his shape is silhouetted on his door, and wrongfully decide to go to someone else’s hotel to get cleaned up.
Disaster strikes after some American guests eat too much Caribbean curry on board a boat, and Bob is left to explain to the police in a missing persons enquiry.
Cleo is kidnapped, or has wandered off, which kind of ruins a Bridgetown excursion, and Bob, fuelled with a couple too many rum punches, approaches his friend Webster with the story of a plot that he feels sure will mean a coup and the overthrow of the Barbados government.
The tropical island of Barbados parties like never before – a nationwide curry party that leaves almost every guest and every resident, not to mention most of the security services in a high, but short lived, state of elation. As Bob had suspected, the potage from hell has had its wicked way, and the time has come for the evil faction to take command of the somnolent population.
Bob engineers an emergency meeting of the evil rebels, and has them rounded up by the honest law enforcers from the bowels of the Long John.
Barbados is saved, and Bob is a hero.
For a little while . . .
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