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No Laughing Matter

(The first book in the Nick Madrid series)
A novel by


"Made me laugh out loud and wince in sympathy at both the violence and the humiliation meted out to the narrator . . . enormous fun."
Val McDermid

"This sparkling debut fires volleys of one-liners . . . Romping good stuff."-Daily Mail

"An original and highly readable debut for journalist-turned-gumshoe, Nick Madrid. But a word of warning: never let this man house-sit if you value your pets."-Lynne Truss

Tom Sharpe meets Raymond Chandler in No Laughing Matter, a humorous and brilliant debut that will keep readers on a knife's edge of suspense until the bittersweet end.

When a naked woman flashes past Nick Madrid's hotel window, it's quite a surprise. For Nick's room is on the 14th floor, and the hotel doesn't have an outside elevator. The management is horrified when Cissie Parker lands in the swimming pool-not only is she killed, but she makes a real mess of the shallow end.

In Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival, Nick, a journalist who prefers practicing yoga to interviewing the stars, turns gumshoe to answer the question: did she fall or was she pushed? The trail leads first to the mean streets of Edinburgh and then to Los Angeles, where the truth lurks among the dark secrets of Hollywood.

Used availability for Peter Guttridge's No Laughing Matter

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Hardback Editions

May 1997 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: No Laughing Matter
Author(s): Peter Guttridge
ISBN: 0-7472-1931-1 / 978-0-7472-1931-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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Paperback Editions

November 2009 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: No Laughing Matter (Easyread Large Edition)
Author(s): Peter Guttridge
ISBN: 1-4587-3971-6 / 978-1-4587-3971-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: No Laughing Matter
Author(s): Peter Guttridge
ISBN: 0-9725776-4-5 / 978-0-9725776-4-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Speck Press
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December 1997 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: No Laughing Matter
Author(s): Peter Guttridge
ISBN: 0-7472-5645-4 / 978-0-7472-5645-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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