Character Interviews – Hobson & Choi series by Nick Bryan
Posted by kirstyes
Welcome to my stop on the Hobson & Choi series blog tour during which, series author, Nick Bryan kindly asks his characters from the series a few extra questions. But before we get onto that – here’s more about the books.
The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi #1)
“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”
Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.
But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.
With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?
The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.
Rush Jobs (Hobson & Choi #2)
“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”
Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.
After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?
Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?
Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series and part of what created that enjoyment was the characters, who I feel we are only just getting to know. With that in mind here’s some further insight from Hobson, Choi, and Hobson’s ex-wife Ellie. I’ll definitely be continuing to follow this series and thank Faye Rogers for introducing me to it.
How did you get into private investigating?
Have you seen the job market? It’s like begging for scraps outside a cheese shop while suffering a severe lactose intolerance. I don’t know if you’ve gotta love what you do, but I’m pretty sure I’d like to not hate it. All of which is a nice way of saying: I had contacts and some muscle, it was either this or join the cops. And between the awkward Christmas parties with my ex-wife and the likelihood of being stabbed for no reason, this seemed preferable.
How did you get persuaded to take on a 16 yr old girl as a intern for two weeks? Not your typical work experience placement.
Honestly, she was the first one who asked. And more to the point, even though I like ignoring the outside world and getting on with it, I’ve watched enough TV to notice that I probably need more internet than just having an email account. Once she’s finished with the Twitter account, I’m going to get Choi to hack into the MI5 mainframe so I never need to leave the office for work again.
And now you’ve had Choi with you a week, how do you feel about working alone again?
Well, I’ve seen enough movies to realise that when your seemingly mismatched partner leaves, you’ll most likely go nuts having fun for the first few days, eat crisps over your keyboards and install a table football game, get drunk and chuck up over her old chair, then things will go quiet and you’ll realise you secretly miss them. So yeah, it’ll probably be something like that.
What’s the story with you and Ellie then?
Ever seen that George Clooney movie Intolerable Cruelty? Go watch the whole thing while I leg it.
Why intern with a PI and not the police?
Well, I was interested in mysteries and the real nitty-gritty and not so much in actual law enforcement. I figured that if I applied to the police, I’d be mostly doing admin and if I was lucky, I might get to ride along in one of their cars and watch them arrest a drunk. Whereas a one-man detective agency, you might actually see a mystery being solved. Like, a personal mystery about someone’s real background, say.
And the fascination with psychology?
If you’d seen my school’s list of available A Level subjects, you’d understand.
Can you tell me a little more about your relationship with your parents, you seem quite independently spirited?
My parents just want a quiet life. I can’t entirely blame them – my Mum especially, I can kinda appreciate that she wants the best for me. Even if she doesn’t seem able to accept when she’s lost. But they had to accept I’d get unsettled eventually, what with the circumstances I came to them in.
Hobson wasn’t what you were expecting, but how do you feel about him now?
It honestly seems to vary from day to day. Which isn’t boring, at least.
You are a Detective Sergeant – how important is your career, or is policing about something else to you?
It used to be about some higher cause. At some point, it just became about getting through the day. Then I divorced my husband and things improved again.
Hobson is your ex and often seems to be straddling that thin blue line, what’s the story between you two?
I try to support him in his endeavours to improve his life – probably out of guilt, to be honest. I’ll be very clear about one thing, though: there will be no straddling of any kind.
If you’ve enjoyed this – and I’m sure you have – do check out the other stops on the tour – you can find the links here.
There is also a tour-wide giveaway (click on link).
1 Signed paperback set of the Hobson & Choi series (The Girl who Tweeted Wolf & Rush Jobs)
3 e-book sets of the Hobson & Choi series
Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly
comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a
novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several
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When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and
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