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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Flight of the Uberbites: No Time for an Epiphany by Ms Gabriele Martin is set in a small quaint town, Pastacula, in Italy. Algernon Uberbite, along with his wife, son, and two dogs leaves England to hide from Instapol. He decides to stay in Pastacula with his artist friend, Horatio, hoping nobody would find him. What follows is a hilarious and rib-tickling adventure where Algernon and his family find themselves caught in art fraud and Mafia activities. Their adventures awaken the sleepy little town of Pastacula.
What I liked about the book is that it is different. Though the story has a detective angle to it, the dialogue is laced with humor, making the read enjoyable, light, and funny. The Italian backdrop gives the story a historical feel. The plot is amusing and the twists and turns in the story support the humorous angle of the main events. Algernon, his wife Cornelia, son Alistair, and friend Horatio are all characters whose behaviors lend hilarity to the scenes. The author has chosen a novel approach to the detective theme by lacing it with humor.
The lighter moments at the ATM machine where Algernon's card is swallowed by the machine and the conversation and actions that follow is how almost all the scenes in the book play out. The whole book has dialogue that will tickle your funny bones. A detective story with a difference!