Historical fiction, Humour

Psycho by the Sea by Lynne Truss

I have reviewed another book by the author in this series : here

Narrated by Matt Green

I liked the other book that I read out of context in the series but was not fascinated by it. When I saw this as an audiobook, I had to give it another shot.
I loved the narrative style and listened to it another time, almost completely once I finished it. In this audio mode, the author’s subtle humour really shines through and makes the whole thing hilarious. It is almost as if the characters were written to be listened to, some of the jokes being too subtle for me until I heard the tone in which it was delivered.
The story plays out in the backdrop of the seaside town of Brighton, which is milling with shady people who are out to make easy money the illegal way. The best part about this instalment was that it talks of all the things that have gone on in the previous works and the intricate and delicate balance of the main people we follow around. Their idiosyncrasies and eccentricities made all of them (even the villains) endearing.
There are multiple plots ongoing when the story begins. We are first walked through the people we are meeting (like in a play), and then the disturbing influences that will overturn the normal order of things make their way onto the main stage. Some truly dangerous times befall the people, but the tone is light and engaging for the most part. It was easy to imagine the people and their faces as they deliver their dialogues based on the words they used.
I would love to listen to the next in the series if given a chance. Now that I know how the conversations sound, I am not averse to reading the next instead either. I would highly recommend this to others who like subtle humour in historical fiction.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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