Presenting the last post of 2014



Title: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery

Author: Kyril Bonfiglioli (finished by Craig Brown)

Why did I chose this book? I got this book as a Christmas present after being in hysterics – which led to many an embarrassing bus commute – over the Mortdecai trilogy that I had discovered myself earlier this year.



The Hon. Charlie Mortdecai (and his intrepid moustache) is invited to Oxford to investigate the cruel and most definitely unusual death of a don who collided with an omnibus. Though her death appears accidental, one or two things don’t add up – such as two pairs of thugs who’d been following her just before her death. With more spies than you could shoe horn into a stretch limo and the solving of the odd murder along the way, The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery is a criminally comic delight.

Review: The fourth of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s books that feature Charlie Mortdecai does not disappoint it is gut-bustingly funny, outrageous and the crime at the centre is entirely ridiculous. In a word splendid. I want more but unfortunately there is only one left at my finger tips and that features an ancestral Mortdecai – watch this space.


3084081Title: Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death

Author:Gyles Brandreth 

Why I chose this book? I am a huge fan of the author’s radio and broadcast work so I thought I’d dip a toe into his writing.



‘I see murder in this unhappy hand…’ When Mrs Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde’s palm she cannot know what she has predicted. Nor can Oscar know what he has set in motion when, that same evening, he proposes a game of ‘Murder’ in which each of his Sunday Supper Club guests must write down those whom they would like to kill. For the fourteen ‘victims’ begin to die mysteriously, one by one, and in the order in which their names were drawn from the bag… With growing horror, Wilde and his confidantes Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, realise that one of their guests that evening must be the murderer. In a race against time, Wilde will need all his powers of deduction and knowledge of human behaviour before he himself – the thirteenth name on the list – becomes the killer’s next victim.

Current thoughts: Only on chapter 2 but already showing signs of being a very satisfying and satirical read. Although I would prefer less full-naming of the likes of Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle during the narrative as it gets slightly tiring



Title: The Churchill Factor

Author: Boris Johnson (this makes me slightly sceptical)

Why did I chose this book: Just look at the front cover.

Synopsis: Not sure we really need one but here goes….


Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the ‘Churchill Factor’ – the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays – with characteristic wit and passion-a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.

 And there we have it – happy new year fellow readers and see you for more literary and foodie delights in 2015!


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