The Code of the Vavasors by Jonathan Pinnock

The Code of the Vavasors

 by Jonathan Pinnock

The Code of the Vavasors by Jonathan Pinnock

was printed on 25th April 2024 by Farrago Books.

My thanks to the author and the publisher for sending me a copy to review and to 

Random Things Tours for inviting me on the tour.


Tom Winscombe and his ex-girlfriend Dorothy Chan are on a mission to crack a code – a code embedded in a chip inside two alpacas that used to belong to the famed dead mathematical geniuses, the Vavasor twins. Their search leads them to a secretive mathematical retreat at a country house. While there, various members of the party succumb to a succession of bizarre fatal accidents. Will Tom and Dorothy succeed in their mission – and get out alive? Join Tom and a cast of disreputable and downright dangerous characters in this witty thriller set in a murky world of murder, mystery and complex equations

My Review

This is one of those funny , farcical, mystery stories that is so tongue in cheek it will have you laughing your socks off. For a few hours of reading entertainment this is hilarious and, even though it is the sixth book in the series it is not necessary to have read the previous books in order to get the enjoyment out of this one. However, if you are like me, you may want to go back and read the previous books in the Mathematical series to find out what Tom uncovered and solved previously.

Jonathan has an incredible ability to describe everyone in such a way, that leaves you feeling that you have come across them before, even if like me this is your first encounter with Tom and Dorothy, whilst also not labouring paragraph after paragraph of description which is a style that I like.

The description of both the setting and the characters fires the imagination and moves the story on at a pace that is easy to keep up with and doesn’t tax the brain too much, making it an ideal read to chill and relax with in this castle on a remote island off the Scottish coastline. However, you will probably find yourself having to explain the laughter if you have anyone else in the room whilst you are reading it otherwise they will wonder what on earth you are reading.

Have fun, enjoy and let others know what a brilliant  comedic writer Jonathan Pinnock is.

About the Author

Jonathan Pinnock is the author of Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens, the Scott Prize-winning short story collection Dot Dash, the memoir Take it Cool and the poetry collection Love and Loss and Other Important Stuff


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