Firstly I wish to thank Emma Mitchell of EDM Editorial & Publicity Services for inviting me on this Blog Tour for We Have Lost the Coffee by Paul Mathews
London, 2045. Three months into the Coffee Wars and Britain’s caffeine supplies are at critical levels. Brits are drinking even more tea than usual, keeping a stiff upper lip and praying for an end to it all.
A secret Government coffee stockpile could save the day … but then mysteriously disappears overnight.
One man is asked to unravel the missing-coffee mystery. His name is Pond. Howie Pond. And he’s in desperate need of a triple espresso. Meanwhile, his journalist wife, Britt, is hunting royal fugitive Emma Windsor on the streets of the capital.
Can Howie save the British Republic from caffeine-starved chaos? Will the runaway royal be found? And just what will desperate coffee drinkers do for their next caffeine fix? Find out, in Paul Mathews’ latest comedy-thriller set in the Britain of the future…
‘We Have Lost The Coffee’ is packed with dry British humour, political satire, dozens of comedy characters and enough coffee jokes to keep you awake all night. It’s full of crazy action and adventure in London, and beyond, and is guaranteed to set your pulse racing faster than a quadruple espresso.
So, join Howie, Britt and friends – as well as some enemies – as you travel forward in time to 2040s London.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is just a funny and really tongue in cheek look into the future, well London 2045 to be precise. The Royal family don’t head the country anymore and we have a bit of a dodgy president. That isn’t the news of the day though the country is facing one of its biggest problems this century, the coffee supplies have stopped and most of the population is facing huge withdrawal symptoms for their normal shot of expresso. One thing that keeps flowing is the continual one lined dry humour that did keep me giggling.
Howie Pond is a civil servant working in the offices located in the former Buckingham Palace where after a series of events he is called upon to investigate who has stolen a secret supply of coffee. Love the play on words here, of Howie Pond’s name and the instant connecting with another famous secret agent. It is a bizarre investigation with some very funny characters. At times it made me gag at the lengths people would go to in order to seek that coffee high. My cup of tea will never taste the same again!
There two stories running side by side in this book the other being of Howie’s wife Britt, a journalist on the trail of Emma Windsor, a former member of the Royal family and now fugitive. It all becomes a madcap story.
This is the third book in the series of ‘We have lost the…..’ books although this is the first one that I have read. This book gave me laughs and a couple of mysteries to solve but I felt it was always going to have that light read feel about it, nothing heavy of gory. Just entertainment and that is what it gave me. I really did enjoy the humour in this book which was dry, corny and that silliness that you have to laugh at. In my mind Rowan Atkinson was playing the role of Howie, more than the usual James Bonds I am use to. It was a perfect relaxing in the sun read for me.
I received an ARC of this book but my review is purely voluntary.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Mathews is a 40-something British guy who’s given up his 9-to-5 job in London to become a full-time comedy novelist. Why did he make this bold step? Well, he’d had enough of crazy managers and uncooperative printers. So one afternoon, after nearly 20 years working at the heart of the British Government, he shut down his computer, deleted all his emails and escaped the office – never to return. (Okay, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as that, but he is a fiction writer, so please cut him a little slack.)
His two decades working as a Government press officer gave him an invaluable insight into all the key elements of modern government: bureaucracy, bungling, buffoonery, buck-passing and other things that don’t begin with the letter ‘b’ – such as politicians with huge egos and very little talent. He’s now putting that knowledge to use by writing about a British Government of the future – where, believe it or not, the politicians are even bigger idiots than the current lot.
Before becoming a PR guy, he was an accountant. But he doesn’t like to talk about that. And going back further, he went to Cambridge University and studied philosophy. Despite thousands of hours of thoughtful contemplation, he still hasn’t worked out how that happened. The highlight of his university years was receiving a £300 travel grant to visit Prague and ‘study philosophy’. It was a trip which ignited his love of Eastern Europe where he spends a lot of time writing and drinking black beer.
Other interests include wearing sunglasses and having his photograph taken.
Visit his website for more info on this (allegedly) humorous man: http://www.iamthe.website