Comic Fiction

Novels & Novellas are available as eBooks or paperbacks

An Aptitude for Avarice: A tale of Perfidy, Posing & Pensions

by JB Duncan

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When antiques dealer Barry Salterton visits a downsizing elderly couple, he cannot believe his luck. Their home is stuffed with treasures and Barry is just the man to take them off their hands. His eye is drawn to a particularly rare and beautiful clock – but as negotiations begin, the deal becomes much less straightforward than Barry hoped…

An Aptitude for Avarice is a short story and can be easily read in one sitting. It appeals to people of all ages but will resonate especially with those who are in their autumn years.

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Not a Leg to Stand On: A tale of Pretence, Pride & Paradox

by JB Duncan

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Rev Canon Austin Pillinger, Bishop’s Chaplain, has lost his faith, embezzled diocesan funds, and gambled away a vicious loan-shark’s money. Realising he does not have a leg to stand on, he flees to Florence, Italy, where suicide seems his only option. Then, he has a strange dream that promises to change his life…

Not a Leg to Stand On is a novella that can be easily read in one sitting. It is mischievous, intelligent and subtle, and will appeal to readers who enjoy the piquant taste of black humour.

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The Curate of Cockleigh: a tale of Anglicans, Angels & Arson

Look Inside(Volume 1 of The Holy-Rude Diaries)

by JB Duncan

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It’s 1977 and Rev John Davidson is the newly ordained Curate of Cockleigh.

His ministry is quite ordinary until he meets an anarchist and begins to see angels…

As he navigates his way around mistaken identity, a vindictive detective, a teenager with romance on her mind and a septuagenarian Kung-Fu Rector, his life becomes a frantic rollercoaster ride towards an explosive conclusion.

The Curate of Cockleigh is clever, outrageous, insightful, provoking and very, very funny.

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The Vicar of Westfeil: a tale of faith, farce & felony

(Volume 2 of The Holy-Rude Diaries)

by JB Duncan

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It’s 1999 and, as the millennium approaches, the banks are exploiting the public.

St Jude’s Church in Westfeil though, is quietly exploiting the banks.

Faced with an enormous repair bill, The Vicar of Westfeil, Rev John Davidson, initiates a scheme that will fund the repairs. The scheme is ingenious, highly successful and has just one, minor problem; it is also completely illegal…

Set against the background of this fund-raising scheme, The Vicar of Westfeil follows the maverick ministry of John Davidson and the fortunes of the people of Westfeil as they move from failure to crowning success.

The Vicar of Westfeil is honest, moving, sly, scurrilous, challenging and, typically of JB Duncan, very, very funny.

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The Bishop of Banford: a tale of Crosiers, Cherubs and Crime

(Volume 3 of the Holy-Rude Diaries)

by JB Duncan.

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Maverick vicar, John Davidson, is the new Bishop of Banford and plunges headlong into a diocesan world of relentless work, financial anxiety, repressed sexuality and inspired lunacy. As his marriage falls apart and an old flame reignites he is forced to consider hard choices – but then he comes to the unwelcome attention of a crime-lord and finally experiences the most terrifying meeting of his life…

The Bishop of Banford is complex, mischievous, compassionate, astute and very, very funny.

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The St Jude’s Shuffle: a tale of Decision, Deceit & Dysentery

(Volume 4 of The Holy-Rude Diaries)

by JB Duncan

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With clergy interviews, a clandestine fund-raising scheme, a conceited Archdeacon, an uncandid candidate, multiple hidden agendas, devious church members and something nasty lurking in the refreshments, ‘The St Jude’s Shuffle’ follows the fortunes of Westfeil church as they hunt for a new Vicar. This volume of ‘The Holy-Rude Diaries’ is witty, compassionate, honest, shrewd and very, very funny.

The events in this novella take place concurrently with the early chapters of ‘The Bishop of Banford’ (volume 3 of the Holy-Rude Diaries).

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The Holy-Rude Diaries

While most readers will recognise the language and content of these novels as true to life, some may be offended by them.

JB Duncan

JB is a recently retired Parish Priest. He denies, absolutely, that his novels are, in any shape or form, at all autobiographical. Not even slightly…