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Private Detective For Hire. No Previous Experience. Eugene Blake’s quit his job to become an old-fashioned private eye. He’s got everything he needs: a 1940s raincoat, a detective’s notebook and a little clicky pen. When he meets the mysterious Melissa White she takes his breath away. Tasked with finding her missing husband, Eugene is drawn into the shadowy underworld of Private Detective For Hire. No Previous Experience. Eugene Blake’s quit his job to become an old-fashioned private eye. He’s got everything he needs: a 1940s raincoat, a detective’s notebook and a little clicky pen. When he meets the mysterious Melissa White she takes his breath away. Tasked with finding her missing husband, Eugene is drawn into the shadowy underworld of London and has to solve the dangerous puzzle of his very first case. Once he’s been chased, punched and shot at, he wonders whether he should have stuck to his day job. If you like your novels hardboiled you will love this funny, thrilling and very British twist on the private detective genre. The Fat Detective is the first book in the Eugene Blake trilogy by London novelist Christian Hayes. Read The Fat Detective now to discover how to solve a case when you’re completely unqualified…


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Private Detective For Hire. No Previous Experience. Eugene Blake’s quit his job to become an old-fashioned private eye. He’s got everything he needs: a 1940s raincoat, a detective’s notebook and a little clicky pen. When he meets the mysterious Melissa White she takes his breath away. Tasked with finding her missing husband, Eugene is drawn into the shadowy underworld of Private Detective For Hire. No Previous Experience. Eugene Blake’s quit his job to become an old-fashioned private eye. He’s got everything he needs: a 1940s raincoat, a detective’s notebook and a little clicky pen. When he meets the mysterious Melissa White she takes his breath away. Tasked with finding her missing husband, Eugene is drawn into the shadowy underworld of London and has to solve the dangerous puzzle of his very first case. Once he’s been chased, punched and shot at, he wonders whether he should have stuck to his day job. If you like your novels hardboiled you will love this funny, thrilling and very British twist on the private detective genre. The Fat Detective is the first book in the Eugene Blake trilogy by London novelist Christian Hayes. Read The Fat Detective now to discover how to solve a case when you’re completely unqualified…

30 review for The Fat Detective (The Eugene Blake Trilogy Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Martin

    Hit the mark I don't hand out five stars lightly. But this little book tickled my fancy. It's quirky with the right balance of humour, pathos and action from a talented writer. Hit the mark I don't hand out five stars lightly. But this little book tickled my fancy. It's quirky with the right balance of humour, pathos and action from a talented writer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pearl Barley

    This was a very entertaining read and you really develop a fondness for this hapless sleuth. The ‘accidental’ detective I call him. Eugene Blake is an accountant in a position he’s been in for way too long with colleagues he barely likes and a boss he hates with a passion. He’s rapidly losing the will to live. He dreams of better things but hasn’t a clue how to get out of this rut. His only comfort is his love of unhealthy food, hence being so fat. Then the oddest idea occurs to him; to reinvent This was a very entertaining read and you really develop a fondness for this hapless sleuth. The ‘accidental’ detective I call him. Eugene Blake is an accountant in a position he’s been in for way too long with colleagues he barely likes and a boss he hates with a passion. He’s rapidly losing the will to live. He dreams of better things but hasn’t a clue how to get out of this rut. His only comfort is his love of unhealthy food, hence being so fat. Then the oddest idea occurs to him; to reinvent himself. So with no experience whatsoever, he posts an ad as a Private Detective (no job too small) and almost immediately is contacted to help solve the mystery as to what has happened to a missing husband. His first client employs Eugene to find him and, as it turns out, this is no simple matter. A body does indeed turn up, but not before Eugene himself is targeted as having something to do with the disappearance, he’s accused, threatened, beaten up, even kidnapped, and then there’s the missing money. And who is the real victim here anyway? If Eugene thought his life was dull before, he has now completely gone to the other end of the spectrum with his first case amid a series of events that are not what they seem, and he lands himself in trouble; the like of which he’s never encountered. He hasn’t a clue what he’s let himself in for, and he’s never quite sure what’s around the next corner, but he’s determined, despite the fearful obstacles, to see it through to the end … and hopefully in one piece. I obtained this just last week, I’ve found it the proverbial page turner – I simply couldn’t put it down – it was an amusing yarn set in a City-of-London backdrop, and I’m avidly awaiting the next instalment. Thank you, Christian Hayes, for introducing me to a most unlikely hero.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Different - but not different enough" The problem with creating quirky characters is that they need to be different enough to stand out above the others vying for our attention. Many writers in this genre follow the traditional style for the main protagonist; and then surround him/her with the occasional oddball. I think that works better. Unless your main character can become endearing (like a Poirot for instance) then they're doomed to be forever in the shadow of the tall, dark handsome PI, or "Different - but not different enough" The problem with creating quirky characters is that they need to be different enough to stand out above the others vying for our attention. Many writers in this genre follow the traditional style for the main protagonist; and then surround him/her with the occasional oddball. I think that works better. Unless your main character can become endearing (like a Poirot for instance) then they're doomed to be forever in the shadow of the tall, dark handsome PI, or the stunning, leggy blonde detective. The story itself was okay, but not strong enough to encourage me to finish the trilogy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Schechter

    Downright painful Reading this is like pulling off a fresh scab...slowly. A dull, dreary tale about a dull dreary individual dragged out too long

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob Ely

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a srange book and hard to get into. I found myself skipping parts of chapters. A man, quits his job and decides he will become a PI, with no background or experience. He has only read novels. He puts an add on line and a lady hires him to find her husband, who has gone missing. Eugene stiumbles around and around, trying to find out something. The lady's husbands car is found with a body in it and identified as the husband. And so we try to conclude the case here. This was a srange book and hard to get into. I found myself skipping parts of chapters. A man, quits his job and decides he will become a PI, with no background or experience. He has only read novels. He puts an add on line and a lady hires him to find her husband, who has gone missing. Eugene stiumbles around and around, trying to find out something. The lady's husbands car is found with a body in it and identified as the husband. And so we try to conclude the case here.

  6. 5 out of 5

    BonusMom

    Interesting Sometimes it's better to stay where you are and keep doing what you do. Sometimes not. This is a pretty good book, if a little confusing, with a really big twist. I thought I had it figured out, then not, then maybe, then not. There are a few typos but not enough to detract from reading. Interesting Sometimes it's better to stay where you are and keep doing what you do. Sometimes not. This is a pretty good book, if a little confusing, with a really big twist. I thought I had it figured out, then not, then maybe, then not. There are a few typos but not enough to detract from reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Hurrelbrink

    Cat Detective A page out of the old Columbo TV series. Often times confusing. Made sense at the end. Not sure I will purchase the next two in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hannum

    This wound up being quite forgettable and disappointing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pat Kahn

    Obviously quite a few people liked this book. I wasn't one of them. Reasonably well written but just not my type. Silly but not witty, clueless trying to end up like clever. I didn't actually finish. After 1/2, I skipped to the end. I wanted to like it but just couldn't. Obviously quite a few people liked this book. I wasn't one of them. Reasonably well written but just not my type. Silly but not witty, clueless trying to end up like clever. I didn't actually finish. After 1/2, I skipped to the end. I wanted to like it but just couldn't.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Couldn't finish it.....too much something and not enough of something else:-) I just couldn't enjoy reading it.....that's me, someone else might really enjoy it....Worth trying. Couldn't finish it.....too much something and not enough of something else:-) I just couldn't enjoy reading it.....that's me, someone else might really enjoy it....Worth trying.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Gulley

    I didn't find this very funny, silly, but not as much humor as promised. So many tangents. I didn't find this very funny, silly, but not as much humor as promised. So many tangents.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Strand

    slow but interesting. A little too predictable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    fiona

    Biggest load of rubbish I've ever read. Gave up half way through Biggest load of rubbish I've ever read. Gave up half way through

  14. 5 out of 5

    Judah Kosterman

    Imagine a British version of Dilbert, with the pointy haired boss replaced by a wunderkind. Imagine further that British Wally is 100 pounds heavier. Now imagine Wally as the protagonist in a detective story. He places a classified ad stating that he’s a private investigator. All British Wally (named Eugene) wants is a change of pace and a chance to wear his second-hand, XXL trench coat. Find a lost dog or a stolen bicycle, that sort of thing. What he gets instead is a disappearing doctor and the Imagine a British version of Dilbert, with the pointy haired boss replaced by a wunderkind. Imagine further that British Wally is 100 pounds heavier. Now imagine Wally as the protagonist in a detective story. He places a classified ad stating that he’s a private investigator. All British Wally (named Eugene) wants is a change of pace and a chance to wear his second-hand, XXL trench coat. Find a lost dog or a stolen bicycle, that sort of thing. What he gets instead is a disappearing doctor and the wife thinly sincere about finding him. All Eugene knows about being a P.I. comes from the pulp novels he read in college, in the same way that all he knows about poker comes from a video game he played. Eugene isn’t so much competent as dumb lucky, and in his flailing about (sometimes literally), he occasionally lands a hit, finds a clue, or makes an escape. He also grows increasingly paranoid that he’s being followed, and the reader must wade through several chapters of unreliable-narrator Eugene to get to the climax. Does the fat detective solve the case and find the doctor? Sort of – more like the solution is presented to him because he’s getting too close to stumbling onto it. Does he get paid? Sort of, in an ill-gotten-gains kind of way. Is there romance? Sort of, or at least affectionate attention coming Eugene’s direction from a former colleague of the doctor. Most importantly, is there character growth? And to that the answer is a definite yes. Eugene embraces some of his shortcomings, regrets others to the point that he might work on fixing them, gets a new day job, and even alters his diet (somewhat). Thus our unlikely hero, no longer binge eating (unless it’s pizza), lives to grow bored and seek adventure in the classified ads another day. And that’s a good thing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tim Almond

    This reminded me of my childhood... reading comic strip stories but this time there are no pictures! It was also vaguely reminiscent of Billy Bunter and the Just William stories - but, unfortunately, not as well written. The adage 'lost the plot' is relevant - the author never has a real grasp of what is happening in his own story... It's never going to be more than light, inconsequential escapist reading - but there are many far better options if that is your preference. Self-publishing is a gre This reminded me of my childhood... reading comic strip stories but this time there are no pictures! It was also vaguely reminiscent of Billy Bunter and the Just William stories - but, unfortunately, not as well written. The adage 'lost the plot' is relevant - the author never has a real grasp of what is happening in his own story... It's never going to be more than light, inconsequential escapist reading - but there are many far better options if that is your preference. Self-publishing is a great innovation, but writers who choose to do that can't expect to get away without any attention to editing... To modify the well-known quote from Educating Rita: there must be better books to read...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael Mardel

    The fat detective by Hayes. Most people like me can relate to being in a boring job. Eugene Blake is boring, a boring life shared with his grandmother. He knows nothing about being a detective, other than what he has read in trashy novels. His first ad online gets a result but is it all above board, is there a husband really missing and why? A silver Merc is recovered but is it the husband in the driver's seat? More questions than answers until the police in the guise of the fraud squad show Bla The fat detective by Hayes. Most people like me can relate to being in a boring job. Eugene Blake is boring, a boring life shared with his grandmother. He knows nothing about being a detective, other than what he has read in trashy novels. His first ad online gets a result but is it all above board, is there a husband really missing and why? A silver Merc is recovered but is it the husband in the driver's seat? More questions than answers until the police in the guise of the fraud squad show Blake, who has retired as a D but somehow is still involved as thousands of pounds are missing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Prentice

    Odd but Interesting I don’t usually read mysteries, but the description of this one caught my attention. The main character is quirky and self-deprecating, and I found myself questioning his sanity several times. I thought I had everything figured out early on, but there were some twists I didn’t see coming. The oddity of the character (and seemingly random plot points) and his voice made me think a few times that it was not a “good” book, yet here I am, thinking about it hours after finishing it Odd but Interesting I don’t usually read mysteries, but the description of this one caught my attention. The main character is quirky and self-deprecating, and I found myself questioning his sanity several times. I thought I had everything figured out early on, but there were some twists I didn’t see coming. The oddity of the character (and seemingly random plot points) and his voice made me think a few times that it was not a “good” book, yet here I am, thinking about it hours after finishing it, and writing a review (which I never do). I will likely read the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Bradshaw

    Surprising good short read Christian Hayes description of a simple person trapped in the boredom of a monotonous job, literally rubbing elbows with work colleagues, so describes what many feel in our daily task driven jobs. Yet Eugene Blake manages to escape the fate of boredom and takes the reader on his discovery and creation of becoming a private investigator. A humorous yet skillfully written plot emerges.

  19. 4 out of 5

    J.T.K. Gibbs

    An intriguing new detective. Eugene Blake grows from a frustrated bookkeeper and abused employee to a discerning observer of humanity. Though hired for his inexperience in detection, he proves there is more to him than his eating binges! This is not an easy transformation, but Eugene proves two things: there is nothing like a good mystery to solve and you cannot keep a good detective down...for long. I'm looking forward to Book 2. An intriguing new detective. Eugene Blake grows from a frustrated bookkeeper and abused employee to a discerning observer of humanity. Though hired for his inexperience in detection, he proves there is more to him than his eating binges! This is not an easy transformation, but Eugene proves two things: there is nothing like a good mystery to solve and you cannot keep a good detective down...for long. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Doucette

    Entertaining Story I enjoyed reading this novel about an office worker turned amateur (and inept) detective who gets in over his head on his first case. Well-written and intriguing storyline. I plan to read the other novels in this trilogy as well as a free book offered by the author (thank you!) Recommended reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karl Fleet

    Sit down, put your feet up and dive into the slightly insane world of the Fat Detective. This is such a fun book to read and I greedily enjoyed every page of it. The author makes great use of the unreliable narrator and paints such a wonderful world around his main character, Eugene Blake. I’m looking forward to diving into more madcap adventures.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Concetta Kellough

    I enjoyed this story of a fat man who decides he doesn't like his ordinary job so hires himself out as a detective. I liked the fact that he didn't know what he was doing, and yet he had good ideas of what to do next. I also enjoyed the story's humor. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy. I enjoyed this story of a fat man who decides he doesn't like his ordinary job so hires himself out as a detective. I liked the fact that he didn't know what he was doing, and yet he had good ideas of what to do next. I also enjoyed the story's humor. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sue Cullins

    A good cozy mystery This is a good clean cozy mystery. It was a little confusing at times but it was a good read. It had a little bit of humor. It is a little long though. I still recommend it to anyone who likes to read a good clean cozy mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Bower

    Reddy to read the next one in this series. I was surprised with the end. I liked the charming fat man. I purchased the next book in the series. I am a reader - not a writer. The best I can say is that it had a amusing twist and I was so what surprised.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karl Hakimian

    This was quite a fun book. The main character keeps you smiling and there was plenty of humor. Often, with this sort of book, they mystery can take second place to the chacters. In this book, the mystery itself was quite good. I will be reading more by this author.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    I haven't quite decided how I feel about this book - whether I like the hero (?) or not. He is an interesting character and the book is an interesting read. I'll have to sit with this a few days and see then. I haven't quite decided how I feel about this book - whether I like the hero (?) or not. He is an interesting character and the book is an interesting read. I'll have to sit with this a few days and see then.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Enjoy The Fat Detective is a good story. It is funny, and has some of the best lines regarding soul sucking jobs and following your dreams. Give it a read, I think you'll enjoy it. Enjoy The Fat Detective is a good story. It is funny, and has some of the best lines regarding soul sucking jobs and following your dreams. Give it a read, I think you'll enjoy it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    annette williams

    I enjoyed the fat detective I liked his normalness, the every day Joe who wouldn't stand out in a crowd except for his weight. Taking on a real live case as if he's been a detective all his life. I'll miss Eugene and Friday night pizza with grandma. I enjoyed the fat detective I liked his normalness, the every day Joe who wouldn't stand out in a crowd except for his weight. Taking on a real live case as if he's been a detective all his life. I'll miss Eugene and Friday night pizza with grandma.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Quite funny and mysterious, a bit refreshing to see the protagonist not handling it well with his superhero powers. I kept wondering why he even tried to run away in situations... seems silly. All in all, not bad for a quick read. Reads more like a diary than a thriller novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Clemmie Jackson

    A silly crazy detective mystery

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