TV naturalist ‘Prof Leo’ Sanders makes it to his deathbed without a whiff of scandal — then confesses his career-defining wildlife discovery was a hoax. A National Treasure shattering his own reputation on YouTube is enough to spark a media frenzy, and the curiosity of part-time journalism student Claire Webster who makes him the subject of her dissertation.
Her investigations lead to Prof Leo’s estranged family, and a high-flying advertising guru he also slandered in the video. Ultimately Claire uncovers the truth behind the discovery of the Potley Hill Lemming — the first new species of British mammal in a century. It’s a mystery spanning four decades; a tale of greed, obsession and long-forgotten murder at a lonely beauty spot.
‘A revered TV naturalist with a guilty secret, a cute critter, a brand of stout and a lovelorn personal trainer all collide with tragi-comic results in this witty whydunnit. The Last Lemming combines pathos, humour and mystery to irresistible effect.’ Suzi Feay, literary critic.
[If Leo’s wife thought he was mad it was a small price to pay]
(J. Mendel Books, 10 July 2020, 336 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 11 July via @RandomTTours)
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I’d never heard of the author before but the blurb intrigued me. I’m so glad I got a chance to read this book. I had such fun reading it. The book touches on dark subject matter as Claire uncovers Prof Leo’s darkest secret while investigating his life but for the most part, the book is very fun, well written and entertaining. I enjoyed the way the book explored the concept of fame and celebrity and the media frenzy that’s unleashed when Prof Leo’s video is unleashed on the world. The characters are well written as if the book which held my attention from start to finish. I plan to read other books by the author because I enjoyed this so much.