Charlie Mortdecai - minor aristocrat and art-dealer banished from
London for crimes against, well, art - has decamped to the tiny
island of Jersey with his wife Johanna and manservant Jock.
Kyril Bonfiglioli was born on the south coast of England of an English mother and Italo-Slovene father. After studying at Oxford and five years in the army, he took up a career as an art dealer. He wrote three Mortdecai novels (of which this is the third), a historical novel involving an ancestor of Mortdecai, and left a fifth novel unfinished at his death in 1985. Since he died, the Mortdecai novels have achieved cult status.