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"Guttridge's series is among the funniest and sharpest in the genre, with a level of intelligence often lacking in better-known fare."-Balitmore Sun

"[The] Nick Madrid mysteries are nothing if not addictively, insanely entertaining . . . but what's really important is the mix of good suspense, fast-and-furious one-liners, and impeccable slapstick."-Ruminator Review

"Peter Guttridge is off to a rousing start . . . a serious contender in the mystery genre."-Chicago Tribune

When the grave of the legendary King Arthur is discovered in the West Country, Nick Madrid and trusty companion Bridget Frost can't resist going in search of Camelot themselves. But instead of chivalrous knights, they find rival heritage-industry marketing men willing to go to any lengths to make money from the discovery. Cue Camelot casinos, Avalon theme parks, medieval Excaliburger banquets, and a frenzy of feuding archaeologists as the tourism and heritage industry goes loopy for Lancelot and company.

When Nick does some digging of his own, it's not relics he finds but murder victims. Is there a Camelot-crazy serial killer on the loose? And what about King Arthur himself, who promised to return if his country needed him? If the bones in the West Country grave are his, who is that guy on the white horse riding out of the mists of time?

Peter Guttridge has written about music, film, literature, and the comedy industry for The Times, Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. The Once and Future Con is the fourth title in the popular Nick Madrid mystery series. He lives in Sussex on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.7" Width: 5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  1933108061  
ISBN13  9781933108063  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Guttridge is the Observer s crime fiction critic, and a longstanding fiction prize judge and chair at a wide range of literature festivals and events. He lives in Brighton, Sussex, where this novel is set.

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Funny dialog but the plot limps . . .  Nov 28, 2006
This appears to be the fifth in a series of mysteries featuring Nick Madrid, freelance journalist and something of a wimp compared to his unofficial partner, Bridget. In this one, the pair are drawn into investigating a series of deaths relating to the rediscovery of the supposed tomb of Arthur and Guinevere, stolen from Glastonbury Abbey after the Dissolution. Conveniently, it's located on the property of a Somerset lordling who plans to build an Arthurian theme park on the investments of old college chums and with the assistance of a heavily clichéd American PR man. While Guttridge has a nice, dry wit, and while he has some deservedly acerbic things to say about the distinction between real history and the "heritage industry" in Britain, the mystery plot itself is pretty lame, pretty thin, and wasn't able to hold my attention past the halfway point. Maybe if I had begun with the first volume, I'd get it -- though a series author ought not to rely on such consideration by the reader, and most successful ones don't.
The Once and Future Con  Sep 21, 2002
I decided to borrow this book from our library because of it's interesting cover... and I found myself reading something that was as interesting as the cover (well, we have to judge a book on something, don't we?).
I'd never heard of Peter Guttridge before, but now I've read as many of his books as I could get my hands on!
This book is about Nick and Bridgit who go to stay where some of their old friend's live, which is also supposedly the site of King Authur & Guinevere's grave. Nick digs up a couple of other bodies too... but that's not the point of the book (as I see it). The book actually has a lot of references to real-life-fact... it confused me at times. For example: is there really a type of yoga that involves people putting milk-soaked gauze in their mouth? And were all those Authur trivia pieces fact or fiction?
Hell, I'm not from England, so I don't even know if it was set in a real place, although I know the Cornwell Eclipse existed, as does Venice. Probably all I've succeeded in doing is confusing you, but it was a really great read!!
Well done, Peter Guttridge!
Thank god there's another  Jul 24, 2001
I have read A Ghost of a Chance, No Laughing Matter and Two to Tango.. as well... in fact they are 3 of the few books I transported from the UK to my new posting in the US. I was gagging to get my hands on this book, and with one click, I did. His books are excruciatingly funny, rich with plot and wit... and always keep me sniggering to my self in an alarm-your-neighbour type way on the train to work. To mention much of the content kind of gives away the sublime way the most insignificant thing works it's way in to the fabric of the major plot line towards the end. I worship at the alter of Mr Guttridge.. may his pen flourish forever! Thanks.
The funniest writer in the world???  Apr 30, 2001
Pathetic when, because nobody else has done so, the author has to write the first review of his own satirical masterpiece (I can have an opinion can't I?) . Check ... for genuine readers reviews (and of the other novels in the series) but here's a story from me about this, my fourth satirical crime novel. The book is about what happens when the grave of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere is found in the West COuntry in England (theme park selling Excaliburgers etc, heritage centre - oh and several murders). I'd just started writing it when my publishers asked me for some idea of the content so they could plan the cover. My books always have some odd things happening with animals (no, not THAT odd) so after I'd told them there would be knights in armour, jousting, all that medieval stuff, they asked me which animal would feature. Off the top of my head I said it would be a hedgehog, then forgot about the conversation. IN the course of writing the book I dropped the hedgehog idea. I'm two chapters from the end of the novel when I get the proof for the cover from my publisher. The only thing on there, aside from the title and my name, is ... a hedgehog. I had to rewrite the book so that it would match the cover. Don't tell me I'm not a professional. But the funniest writer in the world? Of course not, though The Good Book Guide in the UK regards my novels as "essential reading". Happy reading.

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