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No Laughing Matter Paperback – 11 Jan 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Speck Press (11 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972577645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972577649
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Guttridge has read far more crime fiction than is healthy for anyone: for eleven years (until 2011) he was the crime fiction critic of the Observer. He is the author of the Brighton trilogy: City of Dreadful Night, The Last King of Brighton and The Thing Itself and two follow-up Brighton novels - The Devil's Moon and Those Who Feel Nothing. He has also written six satirical crime novels featuring the yoga-obsessed Nick Madrid and the hard-bitten but irresistible Bridget Frost. (The series runs from No Laughing Matter to Cast Adrift.) His non-fiction writing includes his definitive account of The Great Train Robbery and a forthcoming history of smuggling. His e-book original, The Belgian and the Beekeeper, is the first of three novellas featuring Sherlock Holmes and a certain foreign detective. The second novella, The French Hospital, will be published in August 2015. A stand-alone e-book original thriller, Paradise Island, was published in March 2015.

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Finding a murderer among 250 comedians is no joke...
My debut comic crime novel was inspired by my years writing about the comedy industry in the US and the UK - believe me, hanging out at festivals like Just For Laughs in Montreal or at the Edinburgh Festival with a couple of hundred comedians is no laughing matter. They're not like normal people - in any situation, they're always looking for the punchline. So my main protagonists, Nick Madrid and his journalist sidekick Bridget "Bitch of the Broadsheets" Frost find there's no rest from the witty - except when someone start knocking them off. I wanted to write the funniest book I could whilst making it very suspenseful (is that a word? If not, it should be). That's tricky because the laughs can often release the tension of the serious bits. I wanted the novel to seem real so I filled it with real US and UK comedians - everyone from Jim Carrey to Paul Merton. The climax in Hollywood, at a huge party at Randolph Hearst's old castle, also features every modern movies star, from Jack Nicholson down (no expense spared in this novel, I tell you). Originally, they were all blabbing away, comedians cracking wise but my publishers got nervous about copyright on the gags so now all the comedians are still in it - but mute. The critics gave my little masterpiece good reviews, though my favourite was one that I didn't understand because, on first reading it sounds clever, then you think: huh? It went: "This is a funny novel masquerading as a very funny novel." Mmmm. Good reading - oh, and don't try the yoga position at home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2001
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What I didn't appreciate when I first raced through this to find out whodunnit was just how smart the comedy is. It's painful what happens to Nick Madrid but without the laughs ever feeling bolted on after the plot. I was especially taken aback by a glorious chase sequence that has Nick flailing through every slapstick circus gag you can imagine. Completely necessary to the plot, it was tremendous because it successfully managed to be visual humour in prose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2001
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I do yoga so I bought this book because the main character does yoga. I'm not really a crime reader but I LOVEd this. I thought the characters were great, the story - it's all set in the world of comedy on stage and in films - was really interesting and the humour was non-stop. What was best was that however harsh the jokes, all the characters had something going for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2001
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I have little new to add to all the other positive reviews. This is a funny, interesting murder mystery. You want to find out what happened, and why. And it makes you laugh. I think I am going to try the yoga position, though, and see what happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2001
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I laughed from page one and read it all at one go. I'm now a fan who has read the next two and can't understand why they're not on the telly. I couldn't see how the writer could top the first couple of pages but he did - there are so many wonderfully stupid scenes (you have to read it for this to make sense but here goes - bloke with nail up his nose, snake and pet cat, toads - has this man got an animal complex?? - stand-up comedy routine etc etc) - and I still cared about who-did-it.
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