Monday, October 20, 2014

Do Shut Up Mr. Simms

Do Shut Up Mister Simms: A Penny Dreadful Review

            In this delightful novella by Rachael Acks, Mister Simms, long relegated to the position of Adventure Assistant and Dog Walker, has an adventure of his own while the captain is away.
            An innocent shopping trip goes terribly awry when one of the pirate crew is nicked by security forces. If only Lucius had the patience to wait whilst the others perused teapots! Instead, Meriwether Octavian Simms, on strict instructions to avoid any “silly” courses of action, must accept help from the devious Deliah Nimowitz to break his crewman out of gaol. It goes about as well as he expects, and the price he must pay is embarrassing in the extreme. It involves dancing.
            It is marvelous to see a story from the point of view of Captain Marta Ramos’s long-suffering sidekick, and it is just the sort of lighthearted fun the series needs after the exceedingly bloody Blood In Elk Creek. It gives a detailed look into the psyches of a couple rather important secondary characters.
            I give Do Shut Up Mister Simms four gears out of five. It is a delightful addition to this series of adventures.

Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,

Penny J. Merriweather