Life at St Cadfan’s is never dull. There’s the cellar full of unexplained corpses. There’s the struggle to find food when the island is placed under quarantine. And there’s that peculiar staircase in the cellar…
Being a demon in Hell has its own problems. There’s the increasingly impossible torture quotas to meet. There’s the entire horde of Hell waiting for you to slip up and make a mistake. And there’s that weird staircase in the service tunnels…
Brother Stephen of St Cadfan’s and Rutpsud of the Sixth Circle, natural enemies and the most unnatural of friends, join forces to solve a murder mystery, save a rare species from extinction and stop Hell itself exploding.
The fourth novel in the Clovenhoof series, Hellzapoppin’ is an astonishing comedy featuring suicidal sea birds, deadly plagues, exploding barbecues, dancing rats, magical wardrobes, King Arthur’s American descendants, mole-hunting monks, demonic possession and way too much seaweed beer.
Hellzapoppin’ is the fourth book in the Clovenhoof series and whilst it is part of a series it can easily be read as a stand alone.
The story is set in St Cadfan’s, which unbeknown to the occupants, has a staircase leading down to Hell. The reader gets a sense of how cut of St Cadfan’s is to the outside world by the drawing of the island that pops up quite often through out the story.
Nothing ever seems to go straight forward on the Island and the monks seem to be forever running out of food. Luckily one of the monks is able to do wonders with seaweed! I have to admit to developing a craving for jelly babies after reading the novel, thanks to one of the characters having a bit of an obsession with them.
There is a whole array of characters, some that we have met before in previous books and some that are new. I always have great fun imagining what a lot of the characters look like in the story as they are just fabulous characters.
As usual the authors have created yet another very tongue in cheek story that is just ‘heavenly’ to read. This is one series where you wouldn’t mind going to hell and meeting demons and the devil as they seem to have the most fun! Another highly enjoyable read.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Hellzapoppin’ is available to purchase from Amazon.