I just had to share this launch by Penguin firstly because I did a triple take when i saw the name , I then had a serious giggle. 

I loved the intro to the book and then was struck with great sadness when I heard that the Author passed away last December in a car accident ...so very sad.

Here have a lookey and tell me what you think? ... 


How to Look After Bert Reynolds by Laurence Cramer.


From the Publishers 
'Anja DesMoine lives a quiet life and works at a crisis hotline in a small town in northeastern Kentucky. But when a man is found gruesomely murdered, a boy commits suicide under strange circumstances and an Australian bearded dragon called Bert Reynolds goes missing from the scene of a crime, things start to get uncomfortable for Anja, who has a few secrets of her own. 

Anja goes on the lam, and the murder investigation, under the dubious leadership of Lieutenant Simon Kretzmar, takes on the quality of a comedy of errors. As the bodies pile up, Anja and Kretzmar must confront the things they most fear in life: family, failure and being alone.' 



About the author
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Laurence Hamilton Cramer was born on 4 September 1970 in Kimberley and died in a car accident on 15 November 2013. He wrote short stories, essays and screenplays, and his first novel was Psychocandy (Oak Tree Press, 2005). He and his fiancĂ©e, Tracy Rudling, ran a restaurant in the small, eastern Free State town of Rosendal. He was the father of four boys, Jaden, Michael, David and Ethan.








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