HERE COMES TOBIN
Full marks to the publisher for bothering to depict one of the girls from the story. She's scandinavian-looking and in a skimpy maids outfit. And is she gorgeous? Of course she is. We're ALL gorgeous. This is the last of the 3 books published on the Futura imprint and therefore the last book to have this cover design. I love the 70s graphic design elements, but I think the jackets suffered from not featuring the Russ Tobin character. Sadly this trend continued until the final Tobin book of the 1970s and was only rectified 26 years later when Tobin Goes Cuckoo arrived in 2005. 8/10
WILL YOU BE WANTING BED AND BREAKFAST SIR?
The story begins in Liverpool where Russ is staying the night at the Adelphi Hotel prior to his flight to Dublin (yet another iconic hotel for Russ, where many famous people have stayed). Russ tells us that he has spent a few days with his parents in Cheshire in between this and returning from Australia. It's still January although it must be nearly February as he received Patrick's invitation on the 23rd January in Australia! Anyway - off he flies to meet his destiny yet again (chatting up ANOTHER Air Stew - Angela Bell) and this time it's an old castle turned hotel. There is a constant stream of female visitors and aside from the bedroom action with the Swedish Maid (Heidi Johansson) and the American tourist (Greta Lawson) not much happens until a Pony-Trekking accident in which Russ badly bruises his thigh. Cue lots more love and attention from the residents and that's where it ends.
Page 6. Russ sees a girl struggling with her head under the bonnet of her broken down Mini. He can't HELP but notice her shapeliness!
Page 28. Russ chats up said bird, fixes her car and finds his way into bed with her. Turns out that she is an art student called Pauline Lorenson, and of course it's no surprise that she just happens to have an incredibly high sex drive. Yet another of Russ's seemingly perfect love matches that end up as a one night stand due to his imminent scheduled departure. It's quite a sweet recurring motif in the series that Russ always leaves the lady with a sense of deep sadness that he couldn't stay longer.
Russ's "interview" for the Ballytatty Castle job consists of him being plied with Vodka by the owner's wife - Natasha O'Shaughnessy (who Russ describes as "Mick McManus in drag") and then thoroughly seduced. She won't let him have any tonic though as she tells him that is "a girl's drink"!
The very first page as Russ stands by the Mersey reminiscing like crazy over his days working in Liverpool.
That you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. When Patrick offers Russ the job he could easily have stuck it out down under - but no! With friends like Patrick - you'll never go without...
Nothing new on the Tobin front really - it's pretty much The Courier set in Ireland instead of Majorca - but so what? Good to see the return of Patrick Holmes and Russ sees plenty of ahem...action. No real plot to speak of and it ends with no clue as to where Russ will end up next time - he seems quiet happy where he is! 6/10