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Britten and Brulightly (original 2009; edition 2008)

by Hannah Berry

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Title:Britten and Brulightly
Authors:Hannah Berry
Info:Jonathan Cape (2008), Paperback, 104 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:graphic novel, mystery, noir, comics, detective, crime

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Britten and Brülightly by Hannah Berry (2009)

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An excellent noir mystery, with a wonderfully complex plot. Large format, dull colored watercolor pencil look. Gorgeous. ( )
  blurble | Aug 17, 2014 |
Dark. From the story line to the drawings. Excellent graphic representation of the story. Britten, a private investigator, and Brülightly, his sidekick (a teabag), investigate a death to determine whether it was murder or suicide. Britten reeks of depression and Brülightly of dry wit. Not my usual cup of tea, (pun intended), but I liked it, all except for the very last page, although even that was in keeping with the story.

A couple of quips:
“…a mouth that speaks unimpeded by thought.”
“All you can do is take their ego by the hand and lead it to the dance floor.”
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  countrylife | Jul 8, 2014 |
Graphic books are relatively new to me and I am still sampling them from different genres within the genre. This one is billed as a mystery graphic novel and mysteries are some of my favorite books, so I grabbed it. It has also been praised as a great first book by this author, who is based in Brighton. The story takes place in London, the home base of the main character, who is a private detective. I haven't read many British mysteries so probably missed a lot, but certainly enjoyed it. The famous British understatement is found here and makes for lots of smiling in the middle of a murder. Hmmmm.....is that a good thing? Not sure about the talking teabag, but I intend to check out Berry's other books. 3 stars ( )
  mkboylan | Jun 8, 2013 |
A noir-ish graphic novel detective story featuring troubled PI Fernandez Britten, who is hired to prove that an apparent suicide was in fact murder and along the way discovers some truths that neither he nor his client really wanted to know. The artwork is wonderful, full of dark, rain-washed street scenes, and the writing is also great, combining an air of melancholy with a dry, droll sense of humor. My one big complaint is that the narrative text, written in a cramped, handwritten font, was uncomfortably difficult to read, I also think I probably should have read this when I was a little more awake, as the solution to the mystery, once it was unveiled, did not come together in my brain nearly as readily as it should have. Even given that, though, it was still a highly worthwhile read. ( )
2 vote bragan | May 23, 2013 |
Sharp writing and fantastic artwork, with a plot that gets muddy and convoluted at the end and lettering that is, at times, a struggle to decipher. Worth a read for noir fans. ( )
1 vote librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
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As the detective and his faithful teabag wander through a city where it's almost always drizzling, they encounter sleazy businessmen, uncover a blackmail-and-murder plot so Byzantine it threatens to collapse into a black hole, and sink into inescapable existential despair.
 
More than a comic book, this graphic novel gives noir a new dimension.
 
...what makes Berry's graphic novel linger long and move into a remarkable strata is how it understands the terrible price and awful sense of loneliness that comes to those seeking salvation when there is none to find.
 
Although Berry has her bit of fun with the genre traditions — notably in the bizarre detail that Britten’s trusted partner, Stewart Brülightly, is (quite literally) a lecherous tea bag that, under stress, infuses in the detective’s waistcoat pocket — she writes in a darkly poetic vein about love and betrayal, deceit and despair, in a plot so complex it would give Raymond Chandler a headache.
 
"As it did every morning... with spiteful inevitability... the sun rose." So begins one of the most gloriously inventive and appealing comic-book debuts I've come across in years.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805089276, Paperback)

A gorgeously drawn, strikingly original graphic-novel murder mystery

Private detective Fernández Britten is an old hand at confirming the dark suspicions of jealous lovers and exposing ugly truths of all varieties. Battered by years of bearing ill tidings, he clings to the hope of revealing, just once, a truth that will do some good in the world. It is a redemption that has long eluded him.

Then Britten and his unconventional partner, Brülightly, take on the mysterious death of Berni Kudos. The official verdict is suicide, but Berni’s fiancée is convinced that the reality is something more sinister. Blackmail, revenge, murder: each new revelation stirs up the muddy waters of painful family secrets, and each fresh twist takes the partners further from Britten’s longed-for salvation. Doing good in the world, he discovers, may have more to do with silence than truth.

A haunting story of love and grief, sharply written and luminously drawn, Britten and Brülightly is sure to establish Hannah Berry in the front rank of graphic novelists.

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"Private detective Fernandez Britten is an old hand at confirming the dark suspicions of jealous lovers and exposing ugly truths of all varieties. Battered by years of bearing ill tidings, he clings to the hope of revealing, just once, a truth that will do some good in the world. It is a redemption that has long eluded him. Then Britten and his unconventional partner, Br?ulightly, take on the mysterious death of Berni Kudos. The official verdict is suicide, but Berni's fiancee is convinced that the reality is something more sinister. Blackmail, revenge, murder: each new revelation stirs up the muddy waters of painful family secrets, and each fresh twist takes the partners further from Britten's longed-for salvation. Doing good in the world, he discovers, may have more to do with silence than truth.… (more)

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