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Hobson & Choi by Nick Bryan

The classic mismatched detective partnership, except one of them is a teenage girl. Can they solve crimes, confront their own dark secrets and go five minutes without bickering? 

Enthusiastic teenager Angelina Choi has joined John Hobson’s one-man detective agency as an intern. Can she change the world before her two week stint ends, or at least find the undermotivated private eye a crime to solve? Can they solve a series of complex modern-day crimes, way out of Hobson’s comfort zone? Can they cope with each other’s dark secrets? Will they stop bickering long enough for any of that?

Hobson & Choi is a London-based detective comedy drama, described by readers as “by turns serious and darkly funny . . . my hat’s off to the author” or “fresh, witty and clever” or “I don’t want this story to end”. Updated every Thursday, around 1-2PM UK time.

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Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jun 4, 2013: Ever since I was little, mystery stories were some of my favorites. I can remember spending long afternoons happily curled up with some of my favorite detectives, many of whom were British. As such, I was happy to begin reading Hobson and Choi, a more modern detective story set in London.

One of the things that attracted me to the story, aside from the locale, is the way the author builds the characters up. At first, we’re introduced to high-schooler Angelina Choi, who’s a bit out of place interning at a low-rent detective agency of one and her boss, the preternaturally tall and non-technically adept John Hobson. As the story continued, however, I really liked how the author gradually began to reveal more of his characters’ internal selves and yet skillfully left little mysteries in readers’ minds. Why was Choi so interested in interning with a detective, anyway? And what about Hobson’s determination not to resort to violence? I found myself hoping to find out the answers in upcoming chapters.

One of the things that I especially liked about it was the way the author is by turns serious and darkly funny, both successfully. For example, the murders that Hobson and Choi begin investigating are by turns presented in a rather blackly humorous fashion (A wolf broke into people’s houses and ate them? In London?) and then seriously, such as when the two arrive at the location of the murders and Choi starts looking green as she thinks about seeing the actual room they happened in. To be able to pull off both of these moods is a pretty rare quality for a story to have, and my hat’s off to the author as a result.

Readers should note that this serial is presented on Jukepop, with its attendant inconveniences, but I found it worth the trip nonetheless. Technically, the writing has the occasional typo, but I didn’t find enough of them to interrupt the flow of the story for me. As a result, I’d definitely recommend this story to mystery enthusiasts, especially those who favor dark humor – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this story, if that’s your cup of tea.

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Hobson and Choi

By Colleen Vanderlinden, member

Dec 1, 2013: A giant, gruff, foul-mouthed detective takes on a shy, quiet, polite teenaged intern . . . and they actually end up making for a pretty decent team, all things considered.

When I started reading Hobson and Choi, I confess to reading mostly for Choi. I wanted to see how the teenage girl would handle dealing with gruff, kind of scary John Hobson. Would she stick with it? How bad would things have to get before she started second-guessing this particular internship?

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Good dark humor (teen) detective novel

By Dustinhonour, member

Nov 30, 2013: To say I found entertainment in this book would be a pretty accurate thing to say, so I’m saying it. Choi and Hobson are hilarious together and I enjoyed the adventure and I still am! I think this a book better left for the teen side of readers because I don’t think many others but them will get a lot of the references that make it the more funny.

The story line is great. The fact that a wolf is doing [more . . .]

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Shaky premise, alright execution.

By Wildbow, author of Ward

Jun 3, 2013: Hobson and Choi is about a spunky teenager (Choi) who ends up interning with a detective. Modern technology and attitudes crossing paths with traditional investigation.

The underlying premise, Choi wreaking havoc with social media, pushing for the detective to do a case for free and even fight a wolf, doesn’t ring true for me. Given that it’s the underlying foundation for the story, that isn’t good. Yet the story manages to be passable. I’ll explain.

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