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“West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency. Doctor Ravinder Shah speaking. No case too weird, no problem too bizarre. Strangeness a speciality. How can I help you?” London Social Worker Rav Shah moonlights as a paranormal detective, aided by one of his clients and a Border Collie he rents by the hour. It was supposed to be a bit of fun: a search for truths out there; a q“West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency. Doctor Ravinder Shah speaking. No case too weird, no problem too bizarre. Strangeness a speciality. How can I help you?” London Social Worker Rav Shah moonlights as a paranormal detective, aided by one of his clients and a Border Collie he rents by the hour. It was supposed to be a bit of fun: a search for truths out there; a quest for a life more interesting than the one that fate, destiny, and personal apathy had granted him. But then a case involving a Yorkshire farmer and a herd of flying pigs leads him into a world darker and more dangerous than he’d ever dreamed. The truth is indeed out there. And it’s got Rav square in its sights....

Title : If Pigs Could Fly (West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency #1)
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ISBN : 9781512059083
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 227 Pages
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If Pigs Could Fly (West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency #1) Reviews

  • Becky Ottery
    2019-04-29 14:21

    I've been lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC copy of this, and thoroughly enjoyed it.'If Pigs could Fly...' is not actually unputdownable. It is instead, more-ish, like a packet of high quality biscuits. You know you won't let yourself binge on the entire thing in one sitting, but somehow it still disappears a lot faster than you expected. I'll just read one more short chapter...Dr Ravinder Shah is endearingly imperfect, without any significant advantages as a hero beyond a working brain, a reasonable amount of credulity for the weird things he has suddenly encountered, and some native stubbornness. The Professor and Jess are fit companions in adventure, although I'm hoping that the Professor's background and role as 'fount of information Rav needs' will be further examined in future books about the trio. With curiosity bringing the West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency's Lead Investigation Team into conflict with vampires, conspiracies and the cumbersome and sometimes inflexible nature of bureaucratic rules governing most public sector UK jobs, a simple case of flying pigs turns out to be a symptom of something much, much worse.The action moves along logically (allowing for the basic implausible nature of a paranormal investigation plot-line) and is sufficiently well paced to easily maintain the reader's interest. There is a certain level of graphic brutality, and certainly a degree of graphic language used throughout some of the higher tension scenes in the novel that would lead me away from recommending it to a young or young adult audience, however such scenes and language are never gratuitous and feel completely in keeping as Rav and co find themselves more and more desperate as they become more deeply enmeshed in the affairs of the conspiracy they have accidentally stumbled across.Jonny Nexus has a genius for setting his weirdness firmly in Britain, with what feels like first-hand local detail and a marvellous deadpan delivery of Ravinder's mishaps, whether at the hands of supernatural entities and their minions, the local constabulary or his boss. With shades of the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovich, classic British humour of the absurd treated logically and consistently, whether regarding human or non-human behaviour, a sympathetic main character, a beautiful Chekov's Gun moment and liberally peppered with self-aware pop-culture references, this is a more assured novel than the début 'Game Night'. This time round, Nexus lets the plot carry the humour, rather than the humour warping the plot, and the experience is all the better for it. There are enough dangling threads left to make further adventures plausible without any kind of cliffhanger nonsense, and I'm pleasantly looking forward to reading a second outing from Ravinder and crew.

  • Tim Gray
    2019-05-11 15:30

    I really liked this book - I won it on Goodreads - but on the strength of this bought another of his books straight away. A social worker for a hero is almost a paranormal event on it's own, especially a male one!It's funny, pacy, and original. Lots of nice little in jokes, but also a good plot, and engaging characters. Hopefully there will be more in this series.

  • Valerie
    2019-05-02 15:29

    I have had this Goodreads win on my "must read next" pile for too long. Well I have just finished it and it is now being moved to the "must tell everyone to read it" pile. I absolutely loved it, Rav, the social worker, the adorably patient Professor and the amazing Jess are the West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency and this book is a brilliant mix of very British humour with some genuinely laugh out loud moments. The villains are so unexpected and absolutely terrifying I cannot say too much more without spoiling it, just to say read this book, lets hope Jonny Nexus writes lots more adventures for these three brilliant heroes and maybe a television series could be made - I already have my ideas of who could play these fabulous characters.

  • Cat Tobin
    2019-04-29 16:08

    I thoroughly enjoyed Game Night, the first Jonny Nexus book, and so I've been eagerly awaiting If Pigs Could Fly. If Pigs Could Fly might deal with a different theme, but Jonny's trademark quick-witted style and Pratchettesque descriptions shine through, as we chase the eccentric professor, Rav, and Jess the Dog (the main West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency) on their harebrained schemes around the UK.

  • Alan
    2019-05-12 18:21

    So pleased to have a won this book in the recent Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.I really enjoyed reading this book, which soon had me turning the pages. Loved the humour which is a first for me, as I never really enjoy books that have humour. It made a change to read a book by a local author. I never write what a book is about, for fear of spoiling for others. I do highly recommend this book.

  • Ali
    2019-05-27 15:16

    I won this in a First Reads giveaway.Being more of the demographics associated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula as opposed to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, I was not sure how I would enjoy “If pigs could fly”.However, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, with likeable characters and humour throughout.In fact I am off to renew my membership of the W.I now.

  • Bob Jamieson
    2019-05-12 13:29

    This was brilliant.Fantastically funny and very very British. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the next case!

  • Louise
    2019-05-15 20:22

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of If Pigs Could Fly in one of the Good Reads giveaways.The first few chapters were a great introduction to the characters involved in the story but I did wonder what I had let myself in for when vampires and pigs featured prominently! However, I was pleasantly surprised by a very engaging story....Rav is an extremely likeable protagonist. Together with his two sidekicks; the professor, who a man after my own heart, likes a bit of adventure but also nothing better than afternoon tea and cake and Jess the Border Collie who is a very intuitive and entertaining canine.The humour Jonny Nexus uses throughout the book is great. I agree with other reviewers who liken his snippets to Pratchett - never a bad thing in my mind!!I look forward to reading more of Jonny, having enjoyed this interesting taster of his work.

  • Chris Amies
    2019-05-09 16:11

    Excellent addition to the vampire, er, nexus. Suitably abhorrent vampires - there is nothing sparkly or suave about these undead - and self-doubting heroes who do indeed buckle up and Do What Must Be Done. And a dog. Who is also suitably heroic, and quite evidently written by an author who has a dog of their own. The West Kensington Detective Agency? Well, when I used to live in the area generally known as West Kensington I described it as 'West _of_ Kensington' (as it was actually in Hammersmith / Shepherds Bush) and this particular outfit is even further West. I enjoyed this story very much.

  • Steve
    2019-05-03 14:20

    I read Jonny's new book last week and really rather enjoyed it. Our hero, a London social worker and his fearless crew, one of his elderly clients and a sheepdog he rents by the hour, become embroiled in a tale of flying pigs which soon become the least of his worries. This and other dangers that leads me to believe that the North should be avoided at all costs. Jonny has a nice eye for detail and the plot buzzes along bedecked with Pratchett-esque observations. If you liked the Dresden Files but longed for the occasional cup of tea and better manners, or Rivers of London but found the good guys just a bit too competent, then this should be right up your street.

  • John
    2019-05-23 19:31

    Game Night was an amazing novel, and so I've really been looking forward to reading Nexus' second novel, If Pigs Could Fly. He's transferred from roleplaying games to urban fantasy, and whilst my heart will always be more in the realm of Game Night, this is also a very good novel. It's funny, it's compelling, the characters are interesting, it's better plotted than a lot of novels and it's just generally worth a look! I'd definitely recommend giving it a go.

  • Tim Maidment
    2019-05-10 16:26

    Dry wit, an eye for the absurdities of how people see what they want to see and a mystery that drew me in far quicker than I thought it would. Having grown up in West London, and in particular the Hounslow area, there was a lot here that had me chuckling in recognition, but the story didn't suffer from being overwhelmed with in-jokes. Instead it builds on your expectations with a slick shuffle that then pulls the rug from underneath you.An urban fantasy that manages to be urbane and humane, with more than a dash of exasperation.

  • Michael Carter
    2019-05-17 18:19

    Another wonderfully funny bookI loved Game Night when I first read it, and this is as good or even better. With a metric shitload (equal to 2.2 imperial shitloads) of jokes, but also suspense and some true excitement. I eagerly await the next installment of the adventures of Rav, Jess and the professor ( and of course Reese must be there too, and maybe even poor lovesick Alan) I just hope it isn't seven more years until Jonny Nexus' next book.

  • Sue Gill
    2019-04-30 18:10

    I managed to get hold of an ARC of Jonny Nexus' most recent work, 'if pigs could fly '.I couldn't put it down! A relaxed and enjoyable style, weaving the mundane, the supernatural and great humor. I was intreagued by the plot and had to find out what happened next whilst also finding myself giggling in self recognition at some of the characters social situations.I hope we hear more from this series.

  • Richard
    2019-05-15 20:09

    Loved it - and I hope there will be a series of these.I don't normally read things with "paranormal" in the title. On this occasion, that element didn't get in the way of my enjoyment and fun of the story. In fact, looking back, I just accepted the characters as regular folk that happen to be just a bit different from regular humans.

  • April
    2019-05-11 13:13

    I really enjoyed this book, the pace was good and the characters were very interesting

  • Edel Ryder-hanrahan
    2019-05-11 13:29

    Excellent humorous fantasy from the pen of Jonny Nexus.

  • Carla
    2019-05-20 20:26

    I just won this in a First Reads giveaway, and look forward to reading and reviewing it.

  • Nini
    2019-05-16 15:05

    After enjoying another book on my to read list I decided to try my luck again and found myself a copy of If pigs could fly. I found this book to be well written and enjoyed the comic undertone throughout. Having worked in social service I also greatly appreciated the social worker "stand off" that appeared later in the story. I wasn't as keen on the ending and would liked to have found out a bit more about the mysterious Reece but overall this was a fun read and certainly helped my recent train journey fly by.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-05-20 20:12

    This novel was a adventure fantasy within Paranormal areas. Meaning, an Investigator, his mentor, and a border-collie mix, comprised the West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency who are hired to see about a recent influx of Vampire Pigs!This is a book written in todays times and language, so please do not expect a Sherlock Holmes style of writing. The language and subject matter can make an older person uncomfortable, however, it does contain the British Wit that is admired over the Pond.Dr. Ravinder Shah, his mental health client, Professor Quentin Richardson, and their rented pooch, Jess, are needed to solve this pig issue. Upon investigation, they find not only Vampire Pigs, but Vampires themselves who have emigrated to the UK for reasons of their own.This story is a fantasy (we hope,) and is filled with action, adventure, conspiracy theories, and more. I found myself following their adventures and wondering how on Earth they were going to get out of this 'one.' If you enjoy British humor and adventure tales this book will delight you.

  • Baker​ St Shelves
    2019-05-03 14:04

    Just like with his previous book Game Night, Jonny Nexus once again does a great job with satire. In particular with the urban fantasy tropes. It moves at a brisk pace and has such great dialogue. I recommend it to fans of Dirk Gently or Game Night.