'Derek's In Trouble' - As funny as ever and as unlucky as always, Derek is going through another unexpected crisis in his life. A local reporter with the partner of his dreams, his life is all set to be perfect. So, how will he explain his foray out in his wife's dress? Then, there's the leggy lady intent on making a lasting impression ...on top of that, there are everyone else's problems to sort. Is his Gran, the secret Radio agony aunt, capable of helping anyone?
The story of Derek's misfortune continues in Mac Black's Derek's In Trouble. Without doubt, Derek must be the most efficient trouble magnet to ever roam the earth. Seriously, trouble comes looking for him without him even trying to find it.
Mac Black displays his use of easy-going humour and fun characters well in this second book in the series. As you read these novels, you are reminded of people in your own life. The hilarious antics of the main character and his family reminded me of how odd life can really be on a day to day basis.
The conversations are fun and the use of Scottish Brogue was a lot of fun to read. It is so easy to listen to these characters in your mind and that makes them seem very real to the reader.
As Derek's adventures continue, he is older and (wiser?) Okay, maybe not so much wiser. He is married, has a different life than he did in the first book, but still has struggles he must face and overcome and they are still giggle-worthy.
I also really enjoyed the secondary characters in this story. There are quite a few things happening, and the author manages to tie them all together in the end without it ever becoming confusing.
Hands down, my favourite character this time was Gran. She is an 'agony aunt' (advice columnist/radio personality--think Dear Abby for those of you who aren't familiar) and she is one tough lady.
When you get started with these books, Derek becomes a member of your own family. He touches your silly side, but also your heart. I can't read these books without feeling a little sorry for the guy.
I would suggest reading Please... Call Me Derek to get a better feel of the writing style and Derek's story. Actually based on the first chapter it might just be a good idea because of the completely bizarre situation the main character is in the middle of. You have to know Derek to understand why eccentric is the norm for him. Black has a very distinctive style. The humour is quirky and often whimsical with an underlying wit. Think on the lines of one man telling the story of his life in a low key satirical way. The first book covers his childhood. This one is about his adult life and the beginning of his marriage. The author has been honing his craft because this second book has more focus, better structure and the character have more depth. It might not be every readers cup of tea, as I mentioned before the author has a very distinctive style. Black humour, taking the proverbial urine out of his character and the situations. I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author.
Derek's in Trouble is the second book in the Derek series of witty humorous tales about newspaper reporter Derek Toozlethwaite. Derek is surrounded by a cast of delightful characters who add to the chaos and calamity which is Derek's life.
The book opens with recently married Derek caught dressing up in his wife's clothes as part of research for a newspaper article. However wife Sally doesn't see the funny side of her best pair of shoes being ruined and takes off to stay with her parents while her temper cools down.
Meanwhile there is so much else going on; Derek's Granny gets a secret slot on the local radio as Granny Wisdom. Poor Hamish Macintosh is forced to sell up his farm. Aunt Thelma wants a motorbike and the lovely Sophie Clerkenwell-Brown wants to sign up the author of The Big Squeak, the mysterious Ivy Bloom. Then there are Arthur and Charlie, gardeners who are training for the Marathon and looking for sponsors and finally what is growing on Hamish's old farm now being run by Tipsicorus International?
Just how much trouble can one man get himself into? You will have to read it and see, and like me, become a fan of Derek.