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Don't Point That Thing at Me: A Charlie Mortdecai Mystery | [Kyril Bonfiglioli]

Don't Point That Thing at Me: A Charlie Mortdecai Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 incomparably named Jock Strapp, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving stolen paintings, a vintage Rolls Royce, secret police, a whirlwind trip to the United States, a dead client, and a ravishing and wealthy young widow, all to make a dishonest living. He's not one to pass up a drink, and he prides himself on being stylishly dressed for whatever occasion may present itself, no matter how debauched. Don't miss this brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.

©1972 Kyril Bonfiglioli; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Wickedly entertaining....A sure-fire, acid-tongued winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"[A] laugh-out-loud nasty tale of international intrigue." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Jack Reynolds Springfield, IL United States 09-03-06
    Jack Reynolds Springfield, IL United States 09-03-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Dashed Amusing, Dontcha Know"

    A blend of Lord Peter Whimsey, Lovejoy and Bertie Wooster all mixed up and resulting in something original and incredibly fun. Simply one of the best I've heard recently. Simon Prebbles accent is spot on and the various voices he takes for the characters are distinctive and nicely done. The plot is intricate, the characters are well fleshed out (particularly Johanna) and I found myself amused and entertained throughout. I'm giving this one five stars and can't recommend it highly enough.

    Jack

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 07-27-08
    Holly 07-27-08
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    "snarky fun"

    This is a prime example of how a great narrator can improve a book by a superb narration -- Simon Prebble is perfect for Charlie Mordecai, and I look forward to hearing more adventures.

    This is good, snarky, fun. I wouldn't want to buy art from Charlie, but I think I'd love to have a few drinks with him, and Jock. They are wonderful characters in a romp of a tale.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Jones 02-06-10
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    "Pulp Fiction Pleasure"

    Kyril Bonfiglioli's Charlie Mordecai triology is funny, raunchy, pornography, surreal, and ultimately fatalistic. In these strange novels - where Jeeves meets James Bond meets Quentin Tarrantino - Bonfiglioli produces the rare pulp fiction that rises to the level of art. The narrator, Simon Prebble, gives the same perfectly nuanced performance as he did with the Bertie Wooster and Jeeves stories that are the inspiration for Mordecai and his servant-enforcer Jock. He understands every word and every joke, and brings the writing vibrantly to life. "Don't Point that Thing at Me" and the rest of the series are not for the faint-hearted. I, on the other hand, loved them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "A charming scoundrel"

    I'm not sure why stories about likable ne'er-do-wells are so appealing, but this is a fine example. Good prose and narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 03-06-12
    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 03-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my favorite!"

    I listen to this book once a year or so and it never fails to make me laugh. Simon Prebble narrates better than I could read it in my head. A fun combination of Wooster and Bond. If plot is very important to you it might let you down a bit, but I wouldn't let it stop me from enjoying this book. I wish there were more that just 3 installments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paris Granville Issaquah, WA 04-27-07
    Paris Granville Issaquah, WA 04-27-07 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting but not pleasurable"

    Engaging prose makes the language enjoyable. For me, the story wasn't credible or even pleasurable

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 01-23-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "He can call me a turnip"

    Mordecai can insult my intelligence by saying brain is the size of a pea or I have the IQ of a turnip, but I don't get it. You can't help to like Mordecai, even if he repels you, and the sarcastic wit of the author is superb. Yet, I could not make head or tails of the plot. To add insult to injury it ends on a cliffhanger, but can't say the humor is enough to compel me to the next in the series. Part of not understanding has to do with the narrator. He seemed to speedy and, though I've never encountered this before, the accent became unintelligible. I hoped to like this much more and guess I'll wait for the movies instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keri Cornville, AZ, USA 09-22-07
    Keri Cornville, AZ, USA 09-22-07
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    "Bertie Wooster...He's not!"

    While readers might recognize the Wodehouse style, the hero of this work, Charlie Mordecai, has none of the wit or style of Bertie Wooster. The maze-like plot would confuse even the most determined Minotaur. Enjoy it for the great narration by Simon Prebble, but don't expect the plot follow even the minimum of logical sequence. It's not worth wasting a full credit...maybe if Audible offered bargain basement price...or maybe not.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 09-17-07
    Kathleen 09-17-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Confusing Plot"

    I was looking forward to this audible as I enjoy both Lord Peter and Bertie Wooster, as the first reviewer posed. However, I found the plot confusing, very little humor and kept waiting for something to happen to redeem the story. Nothing did, and I was very glad to hear the end. Don't think I will give this author another try - pity.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Boston, MA, United States 05-08-12
    Patricia Boston, MA, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Beyond disappointing"

    Wooster, Whimsey, Bond, and Lynley must be turning over in their fictional graves to find themselves compared to this lout. I bought this book because I am very fond of British humor, snarky anti-heroes, outright villains, and Simon Prebble, but Charlie Mordecai is just a mean-spirited annoying loser murkily entangled in a complicated and idiotic non-plot. Audible should set up a minus points option for books like these.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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