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The Mablethorpe Connection by [Perry, B P]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
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  • Publisher: B P Perry (23 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OGOIJG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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Anyone who has ever listened to the cult comedy podcast "Watch with Mothers" may know the author in his guise as Napoleon (alongside partner Swineshead). Sadly, the good chaps have since disbanded that particular project. Lately, their former blog feed displays bizarre links that demonstrate where to find ethically sourced diamonds, how to get waterproofing for academic roofs (specifically in the state of Denver) and the best New York City clinics in which to have vaginoplasty performed. Oh, and the benefits of hardwood floors. Anyway, Napoleon's now gone Solo! (okay, that wasn't technically "funny", but I think it's fair to describe it is a pretty ingenious reference to the character in "The Man from Uncle" that was played by that guy off of Superman III. No, not that one! He's a white guy. You're thinking of Richard Pryor. Okay, seeing as you've obviously never even watched it, I'd probably better explain that the character's name was "Napoleon Solo". Do you see how clever I was now? Oh. Well, I'll just get on with the review then, if that's your attitude.)

Snake Wolfblane is a hard-hitting 70s style cop. Perry writes with an interesting style that alternates between vividly poetic use of descriptive language and the most utterly mundane banality. I'm pretty sure this is done deliberately, for the sake of humorous juxtaposition. However, he does hail from off of the north, so it's hard to be 100% certain. Anyway, among other things, the highlights include "Gimon and Sarfunkel" (a Simon and Garfunkel tribute act) and countless references to the Krankies, Keith Harris and Orville and Jim Davidson ("Britain's second favourite racist comedian"). All in all, there are four tales on offer here, in which Stake Wolfenstein proves to be a memorable presence. Fans of Viz will find plenty to enjoy. I wouldn't go committing any crimes in Mablethorpe if I were you, because Whipsnade Zoo always gets his man!
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I'm not really one for reading books, but every so often a book comes along that redefines a genre. And that book is The Mablethorpe Connection by respected artist B P Berry. Of course, to a large degree, he is inventing his own genre, as he stretches the boundaries of crime, comedy, war and horror, pulling the strands together into a sum that is greater than the whole of its parts.

Across, the five tales of Detective Inspector Snake Wolfbane, Perry reinvigorates the tired old cliches of standard crime fiction, infusing the stories with a wry twist that only needs a bottle of Scotch to make it complete.

My particular favourite was 'Hankie Krankie' which pulls together a tale of Scotch terrorism, pantomime and star of the seventies Keith Harris, into a story which will make you laugh and cry at the same time. A new star is born, and his name is written large.
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Fast-moving, preposterous and compelling in equal amounts, Perry's debut delivers on the reputation he has built up as a cartoonist and commentator, creating a wholly new British detective hero who doesn't just tick the crime novel boxes - he drives his Lagonda right through them. Doubtless other authors will rush to take advantage of Perry's genre-defining breakthrough, so although there's bound to be a slew of stories based in the murky world of Holiday Crime, this is the original and best. Don't wait for the movie - buy this book today. And a Kindle. Mine's now flecked with bits of laughter-spit.
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As a writer, B P Perry is a pretty good cartoonist.

"Voice of a generation" is a tag that is given out far too easily. He's definitely the voice of grizzled detectives from the Lincolnshire coastline.

Will that do?
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I've followed the amusing illustrations of author B P Perry for some time now, so I know he's a man capable of raising a few titters. But he's blown the roof off my titterbox with this thing... If you like laughing and reading books that aren't made of paper, then get on with it and buy the ruddy thing!
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The creator of Detective Inspector Snake Wolfbane of the Mabelthorpe Holiday Police is the reason I am going to shortly die from a combination of cholesterol poisoning (exquisitely written descriptions of Mabelthorpe's panoply of fried breakfasts inspiring a constant diet of eggs'n'pig flaps) and lack of oxygen (laughing so much at the travails of the Lincolnshire Jack Regan at the hands of vampires, cannibals, deep-freeze kingpins and the cream of the 1980s light entertainment establishment that I clear forgot to breathe).

This book is funny, filthy, frenetic, fantastical and Finnish. It will do for Mabelthorpe what Robert Rankin did for Brentford. Also, it's not Finnish.

I've just eaten a Cadbury's Fudge.

BP Perry is a monster.
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I bought The Mablethorpe Connection after reading and loving the first story in the book on the author's blog. Perry has up with a book that takes the standard, tired premise of much of British detective fiction - an alcoholic loner detective hiding away from the world in a provincial town and turns it up to 11. Then he's added the novel twist of setting the action in a down at heel (sorry, Mablethorpe) seaside town reliant on attracting D-list celebrities for its tourist trade. The result is a brilliantly funny collection of four stories that genuinely do make you laugh out loud. Perry has a fantastic eye for detail as well as an impressive knowledge of the more obscure areas of popular culture (this is a book where Condorman gets a mention), and he uses this to both keep the plot moving as well as keep the jokes coming. Recommended if you fancy reading a very different take on British culture.
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