The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery

 
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Kyril Bonfiglioli's final novel follows the Hon. Charlie Mortdecai from adventure to misadventure via Jersey and Moscow to a final showdown in a Buckinghamshire bungalow of unparalleled hideousness. Tackling en route an unhealthy sprinkling of well-seasoned academics, a cryptic monk, an aristocratic Chief Constable, and more spies than you could shoehorn into a black stretch limo, Mordecai finds himself embroiled in another mission of international insecurity. Left unfinished at the time of the author's death, the celebrated satirist and parodist Craig Brown supplies the penultimate, plot-resolving chapter.

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A rare mixture of wit and imaginative unpleasantness

Wonderfully offbeat...The often hilarious narrative voice owes something to P.G. Wodehouse (Mortdecai and his thug, Jock, are a through-the-looking-glass Wooster and Jeeves), but Bonfiglioli pays the debt by layering his homage with a loony blend of classical references, groan-worthy asides, and a playful dismantling of Golden Age detective novels.

What are the books like? They are darker, stranger and more interesting than any film of them (or at least any film cleared for general release) could be...The novels are extremely funny, first of all. They deal, like Wodehouse, in sentence-by-sentence sparkle, in gestures of grand insouciance.--Sam Leith

About the Author:

Swordsman, scholar, wit and eccentric, Kyril Bonfiglioli was author of the deliciously funny THE MORTDECAI TRILOGY. He died in Jersey in 1985.

Craig Brown writes weekly columns for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph and Private Eye. He lives by the Suffolk seaside.

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