Title: Hellcorp by Jonathan Whitelaw
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Date Published: 5th July 2018
Genre: Thriller | Supernatural | Humour
“A writer to watch.”
– Gareth L. Powell, winner of the BSFA award for best novel
Sometimes even the Devil deserves a break!
Life is hard for The Devil and he desperately wants to take a holiday. Growing weary from playing the cosmic bad guy, he resolves to set up a company that will do his job for him so the sins of the world will tick over while he takes a vacation. God tells him he can have his vacation just as soon as he solves an ancient crime.
But nothing is ever easy and before long he is up to his pitchfork in solving murders, desperate to crack the case so he can finally take the holiday he so badly needs…
This is a perfectly-pitched darkly comic crime novel that is ideal for fans of Christopher Fowler and Ben Aaranovitch.
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I want to thank Kelly at Love Books Group for inviting me on this tour and Urbane Publications for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Devil is drowning in paperwork with a constant headache and he just wants a break.
So he goes to see the Pope, God’s supposed eyes and ears, telling him he wants Hell to become a legit business, a place for arts and culture. Of course when God hears about that he has other plans and proves He can be just as tricky as the Devil.
Thrust into a human body, with the help of Dr Jill Gideon he must uncover the murderer of Anton Baggio but it’s not going to be easy, especially when Hell wants to drag him back again.
I have to say this has to be one of the quirkiest and funniest detective books I’ve ever read! The Devil playing detective is definitely an original concept or at least I’ve never read anything like this book.
I know this sounds a bit wrong but I think I’d like to meet The Devil, if he’s the way he’s portrayed in this book mind. He’s sarcastic, unintentionally funny although he does have the habit of getting himself and those around him into trouble. He also has a bit of a thing for his receptionist Alice, a larger lady (he likes a big bum) who’s in Hell for killing her husband.
Then we have Doctor Jill Gideon who is incredibly likeable. She’s tough but vulnerable at the same time and there were times that I just wanted to give her a hug! I loved the way she and the Devil bounce off each other, trying to show him that humans are just the animals he thinks they are, occasionally he listens to her.
I do wish though there had been a little bit more creepiness, just because he is the devil and all but that’s just me being a bit fussy.
Hellcorp is a very cleverly written book, with plenty of humour, perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different.
Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. ‘HellCorp’ is his second novel following his debut, ‘Morbid Relations’.
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