“Checking Out; Clockwise” is eclectic British author T.W.M. Ashford’s second in a whimsical time travel series that posits hotel Le Petite Monde as a junction point for time and space travel. The multiverse the reader is lured into is full of strange creatures and different human ages, and in this outing, concierge Pierre (a marvellous hero), teamed up with ex-gangster Viola and barman Wesker, need to chase a mysterious inspector through various worlds. It’s a light-hearted concoction laced with wit and nifty plot twists involving time-shift quandaries, a combination that, weirdly enough, reminds me of Doctor Who. Such fun and games, and intelligent at that.