Derek has not had much success getting his first great novel started – in fact, the research it requires has nearly cost him his marriage and ruined several pairs of his wife’s tights. All he needs is a better topic, maybe he should be writing non-fiction, he is a journalist, after all… As is normal for Derek, things go pretty rapidly and hilariously downhill from there!
by Mac Black
Was Alexander a villain? An injured hero, having survived WW1, dies, unexpectedly, in Glasgow leaving a shameful secret. This six generation mystery starts when Tom visits the loft “looking for the ‘jeely pan’…”
Roses are Amber –
More comedy from Derek
Derek Toozlethwaite is a journalist in Newingsworth who is trying to write a book. So far he has failed to find a suitable subject for his book, instead his research has got him into trouble. He’s also been thinking about his past, he’s never known his Mum, Granny and Grandad Smith raised him and there has never been any talk about his Mum. Fans of Derek know that his life if full of crazy adventures and comical characters and to this end we find Derek quickly in trouble stuck sideways inside a caravan in a ditch with Hammy. With the help of the local fire brigade the rusty relic finally finds its way into Derek’s garden.
Café owner Anton, provides Derek with an idea for his book when he reminisces about a local rock band, who once used the café as their meeting place. They later found fame in America calling themselves Rabid Revenge. Derek decides he’ll write up the story behind the band and sets out to hunt down the band members.
There’s a surprising romance for Hammy, another falling out between Derek and wife Sally and Grandad is accused of stalking a lovely young American lady in Bisko’s supermarket. Will Derek get the story he needs? And finally write his book Rabid Revenge Revisited?
Another greatly entertaining book in the Derek series written by Scottish author Mac Black, with his distinctive style of comedy.
A. Rose (Devon & Menorca) –
Derek At His Unwitting Best
This is the third book in the ‘Derek’ series and, for me, the best. The style of this one is a little different from the earlier two Please… Call Me Derek and Derek’s in Trouble in that we go back in time to before Derek’s birth and meet his mother. In the previous two books we only really know that Derek has been brought up by his grand parents having never met his real mother or father although he did have a happy childhood and a good upbringing. The same characters from the earlier two books are all lovingly and credibly in this one and give a great roundness and answers to earlier plot lines. There’s plenty of humour and broad Scottish lingo as you would expect in a ‘Derek’ novel, and also plenty of trouble with his wife.