by A.L. Kennedy
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Plot Summary:Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency towards disappearance amongst the guests. She's tried talking to the manager, she's even tried talking to the owner who lives in one of the best cottages in the grounds, but to no avail. And then a tall, loping remarkably energetic guest (wearing a fetching scarf and floppy hat) appears. The Fourth Doctor thinks he's in Chicago. He knows he's in 1978. And he also knows that if he doesn't do something very clever very soon, matters will get very, very out of hand.
Review:This was a fun short read that tries a little too hard sometimes to be charming and witty, but that attempt to capture the Fourth Doctor's personality and his investigative approach to mysterious occurrences made the story on the whole very enjoyable. The mystery itself is pretty creepy though and I wish the story had more of an atmospherically ominous tone to make the most of the alien threat instead of keeping the tone so whimsical.
Since this is such a short read, I think the author did a great job fleshing out the main characters - Byrony and Patterson were great foils for the Doctor and the other villainous character besides the alien was an interesting touch - he's so outrageously selfish. The ending was a little rushed, but it was overall satisfactory. For fans of the Fourth Doctor especially, I think this is a great little read!
(I received this book from the publisher or author for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated for this review.)