Source: Free copy from the author
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published: December 4, 2012
BLURB (from Goodreads) From the Bahamas to Heathrow airport, to the rain soaked streets of London the dead have ceased dying. This is inconvenient for a number of reasons but what’s the real reason behind the chaos? In London we find Nigel Reinhardt, a disgraced, confused, and gifted London police constable who owns a prophetic goldfish. In Ireland the Angel of Death questions the value and position of his current employment. At Majestic Technologies, Celina McMannis works diligently on a top secret project. At the South Pole there lives a very unhappy penguin. When the Devil hatches a nefarious plot to take over the world by possessing a cute little kitty and seizing a factory of robotic Christmas elves it’s up to Nigel and his group of unlikely companions to save the world or die trying… or both.
For very funny and fantastic twists to reality as we know it, Andrew Buckley is your man. Whether it be wrecking supernatural havoc on this world, or linking it (our world) to another through moving doors, Buckley’s British humour and sense of the ridiculous shine through. Death, the Devil and the Goldfish is a story of how the devil leaves hell, death quits his job and a gold fish foretells the future. Lucifer, or Luci as he is fondly called by the angel of death (much to his annoyance), signs a contract which allows him to leave hell and inhabit a human body for seven days,
only he forgets to read the small print, and as you know, the devil is in the details – pun not intended. The Devil does not get the body he expects, and so has to improvise. He plans to take over the world and wreck havoc, and actually does an impressive job of it, until Nigel, a newly fired Detective with an unusually calm demeanour and a slight gambling problem; Celina, an artificial intelligence genius who makes her Scottish ancestors proud with her legendary fits of rage; Gerald, a penguin in a human body; Eggnogg, the dancing elf; Death who previously quit his job citing under-appreciation; and a prophetic, information spinning gold fish are brought together to form a kick-ass team by Heinrich the waiter, who isn’t really a waiter at all. I have to say, there are quite a number of characters in this book, and a number of things going on at the same time, but most of them tie together in the end. There are still a few dangling parts, but I suppose those are for the sequel. All the characters are as real and mad as can be expected in a devil-hijacks-earth kind of story, but the angel of Death is my favourite. He felt the most real to me and he is cool in a “you-won’t-remember-me-in-the-next-minute” way. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.
If you like urban fantasy or if you love a good laugh, you should read this.