Britten and Brülightly

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Macmillan, 2008 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 112 pages
6 Reviews

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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Review: Britten and Brulightly

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Far be it from me to second The Daily Telegraph, but indeed, it is "one of the most gloriously inventive and appealing comic-book debuts in years"! The art is attractive and necessary to the story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mabel - Goodreads

I could hardly believe, immediately after finishing this book, that it was the debut book from a writer/illustrator in her mid-twenties. I don't usually read mystery thrillers, but this was fantastic. I feel compelled to read it again to more fully understand the hints and conclusion to the story. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Brighton-based Hannah Berry, twenty-five years old, has contributed numerous illustrations to U.K. magazines. Britten and Brülightly is her first book.

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