Don't Point That Thing at Me: Charlie Mortdecai Series, Book 1 (Mortdecai #1)
A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don’t Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai, degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.
With his thuggish manservant, the incomp...more
I could probably draw parallels with another rogueish gentleman t...more
The plot is a bit confusing (and I wonder if it's...more
Nothing goes right or...more
In this first instalment, Mortdecai gets his hands on a stolen Goya on behalf of a wealthy and shady American client. This client has also decided to go in for a bit of...more
It's about a latterday Bertie Wooster (explicitly so, the narrator often invokes Bertie), only a tad more immoral, lost in the world of art and espionage. Reads like a parody on James Bond or a novel...more
Not only was Kyril Bonfiglioli a fan of PG Wodehouse, he flat out references Wodehouse through out Don't Point That Thing At Me. It's a level of sycophancy that I wasn't 100% comfortable with. But I guess if you're going to ape a writer's style, why not go full monty and let it all hang out? I mean, Bonfiglioli's writing style is sooo similar to Wodehouse's that it wasn't going to take the British public long to sniff it out, so hell, drop in...more
It is one of the most...more
One of the items that sold me on reading this book was the frequent comparisons to P.G. Wodehouse. While the influence of Wodehouse on this story is clear, and the aspects of this book I enjoyed were the same sorts of thing I enjoy in Wodehouse, the similarities don't go as far as one m...more
I've just finished Kyril Bonfiglioli's dark debut novel, and I can't wait to read the sequel, After You with the...more
It features the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and general knave-about-Piccadilly.
It was quite treat finding getting turned onto this trilogy. I don't I have laughed out loud for quite some time. I listened to this on my ipod and that is...more
The writer, Bonfiglioli, is sort of a 1970's crime noir P.G. Wodehouse, if you can imagine that, and was obviously very influenced by PGW. I love that Charlie Mortdecai sometimes quotes Bertie Wooster and that he refers to Jock, his dim but suprisingly effecti...more
Charlie is a middle-aged, amoral art dealer who cannot refuse a friend, nor a crook with with a loaded pistol. He finds himself embroiled in a dispute between a wealthy patron, a mobster, and the secret police o...more
Don't Point that Thing at Me is the first of three instalments making up the diary of Mr. Mortdecai, a dodgy art dealer. As a consequence of his dodgy art dealings he runs into quite a bit of trouble, or rather, it runs into him. The story itself is rather silly, probably deliberately so, but I felt that it crossed the line into becoming just a little too silly. The s...more
Take Harry Flashman, drop him into The Thomas Crown Affair, and you might wind up with something like this. Mortdecai is somewhat less charming than Flashman (though he balances this by also being less, er, rapey), but he has his own style and amusingly mordant wit.
No idea how the author pulls his nuts off the fire for the sequel(s), but no doubt it'll be some ridiculous and fun contrivance.
DPTTaM's main character, Charlie Mortdecai, is sort of like Bertie Wooster meets Dr. House. He's a cranky, snarky, hilarious British art dealer who finds himself in a heap of trouble after he smuggles a Goya painting into the US.
The writing is top notch. Bonfiglioli writes like PG Wodehouse (there are even a few nods in Wodehouse's direction), but his charcters are dirtier and more self-serving. All the characters are underhanded and they drink a lot. A lot:
"I washed myself all ov...more