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Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men: A Dan Starkey Mystery | [Colin Bateman]

Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men: A Dan Starkey Mystery

Journalist Dan Starkey has signed on to cover the heavyweight title fight between the Irish national champion, Fat Boy McMaster, and Iron Mike Tyson, in New York City. Starkey is hoping for a fat paycheck and a quiet holiday, but when the stakes are this high, the Big Apple has more to dish out. As Starkey's quiet holiday crumbles, his chronicle morphs into a quick-paced thriller complete with kidnappings, inner-city commando operations, and an elaborately sinister whale-watching cruise - none of which is enough to stem the flow of Starkey’s crackling repartee.
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Publisher's Summary

Journalist Dan Starkey, hero of Divorcing Jack, is back, a few Guinnesses past sober, but quick as ever with the sarcastic rejoinder - and this time his knack for adventure, and misadventure, takes him to the unsuspecting streets of New York City.

Starkey has signed on to cover the heavyweight title fight between the Irish national champion, Fat Boy McMaster, and Iron Mike Tyson. McMaster is a far cry from Evander Holyfield, but despite the hundred-to-one odds against them, the St. Patrick’s Day fight promises to be a monstrous payday for the entire Irish contingent: Fat Boy himself, his wife (the only Catholic in the whole bunch), his doddering trainer, his small-time manager, and his childhood chum turned recently unemployed terrorist. And it’s a lucky break for Starkey himself, who is more desperate than even this ragged bunch for a relaxing sojourn away from the bloody conflict of his homeland - and of his home itself, where his marriage is dissolving as quickly as the ceasefire.

But when the stakes are this high, the Big Apple has more to dish out than fat paychecks and peaceful vacations. At his pre-fight press conference, McMaster sets off racial and political mayhem when he makes a few ill-advised remarks about the preponderance of black people in New York City, incurring the immediate enmity of a Black Muslim paramilitary group.

As Starkey's quiet holiday crumbles, his chronicle morphs into a quick-paced thriller complete with kidnappings, inner-city commando operations, and an elaborately sinister whale-watching cruise - none of which is enough to stem the flow of Starkey’s crackling repartee. It turns out his sidesplittingly funny gallows humor is only that much more inspired when Starkey himself is barely dodging the hangman’s noose.

©2013 Colin Bateman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Martin Grimsby, United Kingdom 01-19-14
    Martin Grimsby, United Kingdom 01-19-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Northen Ireland is very different from Canada"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Colin Bateman writes wonderful stories the time spent reading them or usually listening usually just flys by, but when you read them, you read them with the Belfast accent of the protagonist. Hearing them spoken by someone who was Canadian take away from the experience.


    What other book might you compare Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men to and why?

    All of Colin Bateman has two series taht are broadly similar, the Mystery Man series and the Dan Starkey series of which this is one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I feel sure that the narrator is better suited to the North American metier. He struggles with some of the Ulster idioms, changing the sense of the book, sometimes adding hilarity where there shouldn't be. The pronunciation of fenian as 'finian' rather than 'feenyan' was a bit annoying. The characters taht weren't Northen Irish were African American, so again the Canadian accent was less of an issue, but still didn't feel right.


    Could you see Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Thw Dan Starkey series would make for good TV, though it would need a predominantly Northen Irish cast. James Nesbit springs to mind, though he has been in another Colin Bateman series that transferred to TV - Murphy's Law .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James SEATTLE, WA, USA 05-11-14
    James SEATTLE, WA, USA 05-11-14 Member Since 2003
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    "A Colin Bateman book read by an American"
    Would you try another book from Colin Bateman and/or Glen Murrant?

    Yes, they are typically terrific


    If you’ve listened to books by Colin Bateman before, how does this one compare?

    I could not get past the first 30 minutes. I tried and tried to get into it but the American narrator with no sense of an Irish accent and sense of humor was awful. Bring back Adam Moore!


    What didn’t you like about Glen Murrant’s performance?

    just awful - he is in no way appropriate for the part


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    First audiobook for which I have ever asked to get my money back

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    "not my thing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i don't know who might enjoy this. i found the story meandered and was just plain ridiculous at points, lacking wit and tension.


    What was most disappointing about Colin Bateman’s story?

    i found the narrator irritating via some really strange instances of pronunciation, and quite a few audible (sharp) breaths taken between sentences - and there were too many insults back-and-forth between characters, which just annoyed me. plus the main character's just an idiotic drunk.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Glen Murrant?

    i don't know - the story isn't great so the narrator didn't make that much of a difference.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and anger: not worth it.


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