The Hon. Charlie Mortdecai is, variously, a crack pistol shot, a very crooked art dealer, a gourmet, a pervert, and the unlikely hero of three of the funniest comedy-thrillers ever. Accompanied by his thug Jock Strapp, Charlie thieves, shoots, eats, fornicates, cowers and occasionally gets tortured on the way through three delightfully dark thrillers. "Don't point that thing at me" and "After you with the pistol" are pure delight with some nasty moments; "Something nasty in the woodshed" is considerably darker and more brutal, yet still shot through with the same cutting irony.
Bonfiglioli [...]holds unlikely characters, far-fetched plots, a soupcon of gastronomy and a fair slice of art history together with a deftness of touch (and a style) reminiscent of Wodehouse at his best, although his plots are as complex as anything Raymond Chandler ever tried. These are outstanding novels you'll read and read again.
If you haven't made the acquaintance of the Hon Charlie, now's the time. These marvellous novels have only intermittently been in print (they last re-surfaced in the early 90s).