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‘The Hapless Valet’ by Lenhardt Stevens

Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:


  1.  Grab your current read.
  2.  Open to a random page.
  3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  5. Remember to share the title and author too.
  6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.



My teaser lines are taken from the 50% marker on my Kindle download.

So as not to show any spoilers, I have not included a synopsis for this book, however, if you want to find out more about it, just click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.


“My Mexican grandmother served huevos rancheros to Clark Gable and Carole Lombard in this nook”, the innkeeper said after topping off James Delaney’s coffee.

He put the pot on the table and gazed out the window at the aircraft flying over the ocean lapping at the rocky outcrops on which bands of fir trees grew green and crowded like pins on a cushion.


As this was an author  invitation to read and review, a Kindle download was sent to me free of charge by Lenhardt Stevens, in return for an honest and unbiased opinion.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.



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    • Hi Naida,

      Clark Gable and Carole Lombard … there are a couple of great names from the film world of a bygone era!

      I am not sure that his current patron, James Delaney, is going to have quite the same impact in the acting business, nor as a name to be remembered in this particular establishment …. not if the first few chapters of this book are anything to go by any way!

      I haven’t read on as far as my teaser lines yet .. so who knows!

    • Hi Sonia,

      I can see where you are coming from, but this book is just about as far removed from science fiction as you can get!!

      I do like the way that the fir trees are likened to pins on a cushion though, that’s a great analogy.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comment is much appreciated.

    • Hi Beth,

      The storyline so far has been quite quirky, as befits a ‘mystery caper’, so I am not sure yet where these quite descriptive and serious lines fit in, as I still have to reach this point in the book.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always appreciated.

    • Hi Kriss,

      I have only recently discovered this style of mystery writing and so far I am thoroughly enjoying the examples I have been asked to review.

      Those reflective and descriptive teaser lines are probably a little deceptive, as overall, the pace of the book is quite frenetic, both in storyline and dialogue.

      Your comments are always appreciated, thank you.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks for stopping by today, it is always good to ‘meet’ new people and I love to chat, so please don’t be afraid to visit often, even if your comment isn’t always book related.

      ‘The Hapless Valet’, isn’t exactly packed full of ‘imagery’ in the writing, it is all very busy, with the cast of characters forever rushing around, so this little interlude sounds nice, even though I haven’t quite reached that place in my actual reading yet.

      Your comments will always be appreciated.

    • Hi Laurel Rain,

      This definitely isn’t the kind of breakfast I would enjoy, a dish of cereal, orange juice and black coffee, is about my limit …. Unless of course I am away on holiday, then there are no holds barred and I would probably try anything. Isn’t it funny how just reading about food can set off all kinds of cravings?

      Thanks for the visit today, it is much appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      They don’t really give away anything about the plot, so in that respect, I couldn’t have landed on a better page … mind you, the plot at the moment is so quirky and so fast-paced, that I couldn’t explain it if I tried!

      Thanks for leaving a comment today.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Glad that you like the lines, you are always in the lap of the gods as to whether you are giving away too many spoilers, when you open at a random page of a book, especially if you haven’t actually reached that page in your reading!

      Definitely no spoilers here and there were a few good, lengthy lines to choose from.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to talk with you.

    • Hi Malcolm,

      Thanks for choosing to introduce yourself, here at Fiction Books today .. It is great to meet you and your valued comments are appreciated.

      The title of this book was one of the first things to catch my attention, when it was reviewed by a fellow blogger, along of course, with that quirky fun cover!

      The world of the mystery caper was a great temptation, even though it was so far out of my normal reading genres and I am so glad that I decided to expand my horizons.

      The teaser lines are not strictly indicative of the book’s style of writing, but as keeping up with the frenetic pace of the story and the myriad of characters playing small bit parts, is a full time job, then a few calm moments when I get to them, will be good!

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      The world of the mystery caper is quite new to me, but I am enjoying everything I have read so far …. Quirky and off-beat, with snappy dialogue and fast action, just about sums it up!

      It is definitely up for sale on Amazon.com at $1.23 for the Kindle download!

      I hope that you manage to find it okay and if you decide to buy, that you enjoy it.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out the book and leave a comment, it is truly appreciated.

      • Hi Vicki,

        At that price you can’t go wrong really, can you?

        It is right down to 77pence on .co.uk, which is about the same equivalent price as you are paying.

    • Hi Vicki,

      This is certainly proving to be a real tongue-in-cheek, fun read so far, although I am still only about half way through!

      There are a multitude of ‘bit part’ characters, who are all very eccentric and quirky, but none so extreme as the main protagonist Draper Burns …. I just can’t figure him out at all!

      I have no idea of the outcome for the storyline … anybody’s guess!! but it still has the real smile factor!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

  • The title of this book makes me smile. The Hapless Valet. Reminds me of Wooster and Jeeves (not that I’m assuming the humor/style is going to be the same – but now I’d like to check out this book).

    • Hi HKatz,

      The title is quite catchy, isn’t it and the cover is very quirky and great fun.

      The humour is definitely very dry and witty, rather than laugh-out-loud and much rests on what isn’t said, as much as on what is!!

      A fellow blogger has reviewed this one already and they also made the comparison between Draper Burns and Wooster and Jeeves.

      I am still only about half way through the book, so any kind of comparison doesn’t seem that well defined to me yet and I am definitely still making up my mind up about the whole presentation style.

      I do hope that you consider ‘taking a punt’ on this one and if you do, that you then enjoy reading it!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your considered comments, you are always welcome.

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