Sunday, 12 November 2017

Book Review: Dinner at the Happy Skeleton by Chris Chalmers.

I was honored to be asked to read an early edition of this title and provide a cover quote. It was many months ago, but this gem has now been unleashed on the reading public. Highly recommended!

My Review

Dan is fast approaching forty, has just lost his job and is nowhere near settling down with a man. In fact, he is happily plodding along as a plus one in an existing partnership and spending far too much time into online gay chat rooms. His newfound freedom from the 9-5 world means he now has more time to consider what direction his life is heading. Past conquests and a disastrous relationship with a handsome young waster are all floating around his mind as he logs online to find quick hook-ups. Is this what he really wants?

Dan is everything you want in a protagonist. Flawed yet endearing; clever but blinkered; content to live alone but seeking company. He is cute, funny and solvent. His string of one night stands include liaisons with a well-endowed porn-star and online flirting with men who want to know if he will ride bare-back. The gay online dating world is fast, furious and limited to location.

Chris Chalmers uses his snappy style to bring Dan to life. A novel full of wit, comedy and unflinching honesty, it is like reading a gay Nick Hornby. The world of Dan is one that hops off the page, bringing you through the streets of London and online sex-fuelled dating sites. Cynicism is ever-present but in a thoughtful way. The true gem of this book is it’s wry and witty character, Dan. Wonderfully drawn, he is someone that will remain in your thoughts long after you turn the last page. Sharp, sassy and completely believable. I want to be part of his circle of friends. You don’t have to be perfect to be memorable.

This is clever contemporary fiction at its finest. I dare you not to connect with Dan from beginning to end...

About the Author

Chris Chalmers is the author of Dinner At The Happy Skeleton, Five To One, Light From Other Windows, and for children, Gillian Vermillion — Dream Detective. He lives in South-West London with his partner, a quite famous concert pianist. Chris has been the understudy on Mastermind, swum with iguanas and shared a pizza with Donnie Brasco. Aside from his novels, his proudest literary achievement is making Martina Navratilova ROFLAO on Twitter. 

You’ll find him on Facebook @chrischalmersnovelist, on Twitter @CCsw19, and at

Dinner at the Happy Skeleton is published by J. Mendel Books and is available in PB and ebook format. You can order your copy in your local bookshop, or via amazon link below:

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