Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry
Metropolitan Books, New York, 2008
A graphic novel that is rich and dark like the finest chocolate.
A story starring the sad-faced detective Fernandez Britten as the "The Heartbreaker", a dectective famed for finding out what you didn't really want to know about those you love.
Britten and his diminutive partner, Brulightly, take on the mysterious death of Bernie Kudos. Is his death a suicide or a murder? Lovely Charlotte Maughton wants to find out the truth about the death of her fiancee. As Britten digs deeper he uncovers blackmail and revenge and the startling possibility that to do the right thing one may need to be remain silent.
Beautifully drawn, with subtle washes of color, this book is a stunning first effort. I want to see more from Hannah Berry.