Literature: J.W. Wells & Co.
aka: The Portable Door
J. W. Wells & Co.
is an ongoing humourous fantasy
series by Tom Holt
, revolving around a fictitious firm of magicians in modern London. The firm (and the series) is named for the main character from Gilbert and Sullivan
's light operetta The Sorcerer
The business of magic is a competitive, cut-throat one, even if your average man on the street is not aware of it. J.W. Wells & Co. have the best love potions in the business, but you need more than one product to remain viable in this business. The firm is determined to keep up, and its leaders are Not Nice People.
The novels in the series are:
- The Portable Door
- In Your Dreams
- Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard
- You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps
- The Better Mousetrap
- May Contain Traces of Magic
- Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages
The first three novels revolve around Paul Carpenter, hapless new hire, who finds himself a bit over his head. In fact, most of the novels revolve around new hires who find themselves a bit over their heads, although The Better Mousetrap
stars Carpenter's son, Frank, who has his own business using the portable door from the first novel.
Tropes in this series: