Megan Harlan
January 09, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Felix in the Underworld

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
John Mortimer
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

In Felix in the Underworld tweedily amusing mystery that spoofs the British publishing industry, John Mortimer (of Rumpole fame) has smirky fun throwing middle-aged novelist Felix Morsom—author of sensitive, hopelessly unsexy books about life in his English seaside village—into a wellspring of mayhem. In short order, Felix is slapped with a paternity suit; becomes the prime suspect in a related murder; and, while in jail, grows addicted to soap operas. But American readers will be less astonished by the identity of Felix’s tormentor than by the comparatively literary British culture—in which a mid-list novelist’s love child could make tabloid headlines. B

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