Pub landlords are being murdered in Norfolk! Thelonious T. Bear, ursine photojournalist, leaves behind the big city life of London to take an assignment in the Norfolk countryside, where he hopes to find the real England. Instead he stumbles upon gastropubs, crazed Audi drivers and murder. As the hapless Thelonious keeps ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time, he attracts the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Horatio Sidebottom of Norfolk Constabulary CID, who's determined to tie Thelonious to the crimes. Add in a pair of hoods from London's East End, celebrity TV chef Paolo Louis Black, and plenty of oddball local characters and it all adds up to a madcap journey through England's most quirky county, where everything is normal (for Norfolk)!
"For anyone who's ever wondered what Paddington at Large would have been like if it had been written by Raymond Chandler--and who hasn't?--Mitzi Szereto has the answer. Like Philip Marlowe, Szereto's Thelonious T. Bear is a modern knight errant who plays it cool even as the light of suspicion shines on him. And like Paddington, he's short of stature and long on charm. If you like your sleuths tough, cynical and cute as a button, Normal for Norfolk is the book for you." - Steve Hockensmith, author of Holmes on the Range and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
"A rural crime novel I found approachable and engaging, featuring an oddly detached hero who just happens to be a small bear.... I enjoyed my visit to Norfolk and I could certainly bear another outing (sorry)!" - The American magazine
"Normal for Norfolk has it all: magic, gritty realism, humor, cultural commentary, intelligence, charm, and suspense. The hero of this novel, Thelonious T. Bear, finds himself at the heart of a mystery. He's a photojournalist like no other, a pub-loving, anthropomorphized bear who wears cologne and a deerstalker hat. I am eager to read the next book in Mitzi Szereto's series." - Janice Eidus, author of The War of the Rosens and The Last Jewish Virgin
"Tongue-in-cheek humor, including some clever political and social commentary, hair-raising escapades, and eccentric characters that you know you've met before (in your own life!), despite their very Englishness, all add up to a laugh-a-line read. I loved this book." - Readers Favorite Book Reviews
"Our tableau involves a bear, you see...and not just any old bear, but a teddy bear. Erm, make that a talking (also driving, employed, and somewhat-irritable) teddy bear (yes, really, so kindly lower those eyebrows!), positioned as the main character in author Mitzi Szereto's - and writing buddy Teddy Tedaloo's - delightfully-quirky spin on the traditional cozy mystery... I'm looking forward to Thelonious' next big adventure... because after Normal for Norfolk, you just know there's gotta be more to come." - The Literate Kitty
Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. She has her own blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a web TV channel Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the quirky side of London. Her books include Rotten Peaches (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) and Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) - the quirky crime/cozy mystery series co-authored with her sidekick bear Teddy Tedaloo; Love, Lust and Zombies; Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance; The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray; Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire; Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; Dying For It: Tales of Sex and Death; In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; and Silk Sheets: Collected Stories of Mitzi Szereto.
Teddy Tedaloo is a celebrity teddy bear, trendsetter, world traveller, and the production assistant extraordinaire/co-star of the web TV channel Mitzi TV. Widely popular in social media circles such as Facebook and Twitter, he's known for his entertaining commentary as well as being an animal welfare advocate. He lives (and goes) wherever Mitzi lives (and goes). Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) is his first novel.