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The Mortdecai Trilogy (Mortdecai #1-3 omnibus)

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Don't Point that Thing at Me finds Charlie momentarily distracted by a police charge accusing him of stealing a priceless Goya; a nuisance that he overcomes without passing up a single glass of fine wine or plate of foie gras. In After You with a Pistol Mortdecai is roped into a marriage with a beautiful Viennese heiress, who is willing to blissfully accompany him on his l...more
Paperback, 519 pages
Published 2001 by Penguin Books (first published February 14th 1991)
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Bill Kirton
I like and am grateful for books that make me laugh. The extremes of the early Tom Sharpe novels, Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure (much funnier than the Wilt novels for me), the glory that is Catch 22, the continuing inventiveness and wit of Carl Hiaasen, the over-the-top characters of Janet Evanovich – they’re uplifting, life affirming, even when (as in Hiaasen and Heller’s case) they’re frequently conveying a serious underlying message. The Mortdecai Trilogy, a hit when it first appeare...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Maybe I'm just an uptight, moralistic American, but I was never charmed or particularly entertained by the Hon. Charlie Mordtecai, described in the jacket copy as a degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and knave about Picadilly. All that sounded very promising, but by halfway through the book I decided he was just a tiresome slime ball caught up in unbelievable shenanigans. The book is often very funny --actually I only read the first novel, Don't Poi...more
Howard Warwick
Very funny moments with "larger than life" characters. From first book to last there is change in scene, some in style and to a degree in genre. Very believable and realistic situation at the start of the first book which gets increasingly disconnected from real life. Characters and situations move away from the mundane - which is very funny - and into more bizarre situations. The final book is different again and although the narrative does take you from 1 and 2 into 3 I found the change a bit...more
Dan Schwent
This book is what I expected The Gunseller by Hugh Laurie to be like. The ending was really dark but the journey getting there was very enjoyable. And isn't the journey more important than the destination most time?
Very interesting. I came upon the Mortdecai Trilogy quite by mistake and saw a review that said it was a cross between P.G. Wodehouse and Ian Fleming! Amazingly that proved to be a fairly accurate assessment. Bonfiglioli is clearly a Wodehouse fan, the three books are littered with sly references to P.G's works and the main character, Charlie Mortdecai, even has his own butler - Jock. Jock's problem solving methods are a little more direct than those of Jeeves but they're every bit as effective....more
The first two books are great fun to read, with lots of great chracters, especially the witty Charlie Mortdecai himself. The plots border on the ridiculous (James Bond-style secret agent training camps etc.), but Bonfiglioli's wit carries the books.
The third book is different in setting and the tone is much darker. The witticisms take a backseat and are replaced with excess violence and Satanism, This does not combine very well with Bobfiglioli's light narrating style, but it still contains some...more
Bonfiglioli is a very funny writer. The first two books are great. Don't worry about the plots, and just enjoy the Mortdecai character himself. Having some knowledge of the Jeeves and Wooster stories before reading these books helps, as they function at times as a parody of Wodehouse, but is not necessary. The trilogy loses a star in my review because of the last book. Even Bonfiglio's witty style can't make a comic novel about rape funny. I'd recommend skipping the third book entirely.
This book was recommended by Hugh Laurie. I've just read the first of the trilogy, "Don't Point That Thing At Me." The hero of this super fantastic series is Charlie Mortdecai who is to Basil Seal as Basil Seal is to Bertie Wooster. Mr. Charlie describes his manservant thus: "Jock is a sort of anti-Jeeves: silent, resourceful, respectful even, when the mood takes him, but sort of drunk all the time, really, and fond of smashing peoples faces in." Have some.
I tried, Dan, I truly did. 'Don't point that thing at me' kept me entertained while camping, but I got bogged down on 'After you with the pistol.' Not enough Jock, too much Johanna (and a seemingly completely different Johanna from the first story). ILL only let me have it for two weeks & time ran out, and . . . there you have it. Didn't finish. Much much darker than I anticipated, too. Although I guess that's not a bad thing.
Three books back to back that tell a continuing story. The first is the best and we slide gently downhill from there. I did like them all, but the stories kind of ran out of steam by the end. Once again, I like the humor of an upperclass Englishman with his clothes, food and alcohol. This time he is a sort of private investigator/adventurer with a real occupation as art dealer. Definitely oddball stuff, not for everyone.
I quite liked these three linked short novels although I suspect many people wouldn't. An odd mixture of perverse and sometimes hilarious characters and some pretty horrific action. The dissipated anti-Wooster and the thuggish anti-Jeeves are very funny indeed. Had some difficulty following the plot, especially the ending of the middle story. All in all, an eccentric and perhaps acquired taste.
Full of chauvinism, racism, and annoying British upper class eccentricity-and not the charming kind. The plot was hard to follow and there was so much silly banter and superfluous descriptives (in the style mentioned above) that I couldn't got a clear picture of the story. A waste of time when there are so many other detective novels with charming British characters and locales.
Extremely witty writing but in my opinion it lacks some substance. Bonfiglioli's black humour is okay, often hilariously funny, however, occassionaly it becomes a tad disagreeable, unfortunately more so towards the end of this trilogy. This book is not for everybody but, I guess, it can absolutely satisfy about as many readers as it can dissapoint.
Justin  K. Rivers
It's as delightful as they say, but with a streak of melancholy that I think some people don't pick up on. Savagely overlooked lit, all three. I found "sociopathic Jeeves and Wooster" an apt characterization, though that glosses over the fine depth of these characters - Bon takes the richness of Wodehouse and veers into subtler and darker domains.

This is possibly the greatest book ever written. Mortdecai is an art dealer/pillhead with his own personal thug to keep things in order. More than a little influenced by the Jeeves & Wooster stories, this is what would happen if Bertie Wooster had a few more brain cells and Jeeves had some muscle and they all had a swinging time.
Gordon Riby
Really excellent stuff. Very funny and at times surprisingly dark.
A very enjoyable read, although it took me a little while to get used to his verbose style. However, his witticisms and spoonerisms do grow on you. They are action novels mostly, the last one is more reflective.
I recommend having a dictionary close by when you read this - he has a large vocabulary.
Radim Kučera
Nečetl jsem stále třetí díl (protože přeloženej ještě nevyšel?) a tak jsem využil příležitosti a hmátl i po prvních dvou v originále - zejména proto, jak moc se mi líbil překlad jsem chtěl okusit, jak těžká to musela být práce. Odpověď zní: obrovská! Klobouk dolů.
Jan 28, 2009 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This book starts brilliantly and stays fantastic for about half the book and then loses its way. A shame because I had high hopes for it at 100 pages in.
If Bertie Wooster were a degenerate art dealer and Jeeves a taciturn thug . . . hilarious and biting.
James Robbins
I tried to like this. It is too dated. I've read other books similar to it also. I just wasn't amused.
Nov 05, 2010 Kathleen is currently reading it
Part James Bond, part P.G. Wodehouse, part something all its own, this series is a winner. Check it out!
Aug 02, 2010 S. marked it as to-read
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pretty funny, only slightly marred by a total absence of plot.
Top quality 'Gentlemen dectective' stories.
Tremendously good fun!
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Kyril Bonfiglioli was variously an art dealer, editor, and writer.

He wrote four books featuring Charlie Mortdecai, three of which were published in his lifetime, and one posthumously as completed by the satirist Craig Brown. Charlie Mortdecai is the fictional art dealer anti-hero of the series. His character resembles, among other things, an amoral Bertie Wooster with occasional psychopathic tende...more
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