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A Very English Murder Mystery,
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This review is from: Green Manor Vol.1: Assassins and Gentlemen: Assassins and Gentlemen v. 1 (Paperback)
This looks and reads like a picture book version of a long lost Disney movie.
And that's no bad thing.
The artwork is highly reminiscent of late 60s Disney (Aristocats, 101 Dalmations) while the short stories are all very Roald Dahl with unexpected twists and strong characterisations.
The Green Manor club is used as a link between different stories with different characters in different time frames, all told in flashback and neatly tied together by a bracketing tale of the old club butler - a nice nod to the traditional "what the butler saw" theme.
The artwork is detailed and evocative of period while also conveying action and character, working well with the text. Although translated from French, the text shows no obvious signs of having suffered the transition, the tone and humour coming through intact.
Huge fun and an unexpectedly successful device to get our resident reluctant reader to sit quietly with his nose in a book. For that alone I am grateful and recommend this book. Vol 2 is already on order.