The hilarious new Mystery Man crime caper from the master of menace and mirth. Beauty is in the eye of the be header. The wife of crime writer Augustine Wogan disappeared shortly after entering the exclusive clinic of the mysterious Dr Yes, plastic surgeon extraordinaire. As fatherhood approaches, the Small Bookseller with No Name is persuaded to investigate. He soon finds himself up to his neck in murder, make-up and madness - and face to face with the most gruesome serial killer since the last one.
©2010 Colin Bateman (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
This series by Coln Bateman has been fun and the quirky lead character with all his phobias is a unique bit of work. I enjoy the series, the narration is tremendous and the mystery and cast is well set to provide some diversion and enjoyment. This story is a bit like P.G. Wodehouse crossed with Agatha Christie - if that means anything. There is a true mystery set behind the humor of the main character and the little book shop, in addition the ending is delivered with a flair which the author purposely structures as an ode to "Agatha". I would recommend this story, after reading the first two in the series, which are well worth the price of admission. My feeling is that there will be another tome in the series and I wonder what Mr. Bateman will do to keep the story fresh as the phobias and quirks of the protagonist may become a little stale by then, but so far it has stood up and that is a concern for the future.
"Brilliantly quirky and funny thriller!"
Observant, clever, humorous
I love this series of Colin Bateman's books. The main character is a self- centred hypochondriac who attracts trouble and then in his efforts to extricate himself from it drags both himself and those around him further into the mire. I love the dispassionate way he observes the people around him. His personality is perfect as the narrator of the story because a more socially aware character would not compute people in the way he does. As someone who knows Belfast quite well I love the references to streets and places around the city and the humour is dry and clever and real.
Stephen Armstrong tells the tale the way the main character would tell it. His accent is easy to listen to and the story is told perfectly.
I love this series of "The Mystery Man" books. I have read some and listened to some. They are all funny page-turners/the audio book equivalent. You are left with an affection for the main characters.
I think the voice of a Northern Irish Narrator does add something to the authenticity of this audiobook.
Start with the first book in the series,"The Mystery Man" and enjoy!
"Clever and funny"
I do love this series - nicely dark and funny, and full of fab twists and turns. The mystery man is an unlikely hero, completely flawed, often pretty unpleasant and for some reason you can't help but root for him. Not a wasted word and cleverly plotted.
Irritating non-stop pseudo-comedy. Jokes were telegraphed in the rather patronising style of Jeremy Clarkson. This will be to the taste of some. I gave up
"A Great Laugh"
I would punch the lights out of the bookshop owner with no name. Yet I lkve to read his exploits. AnotherBateman classic and superbly told by Armstong, again.
I enjoyed Mystery Man, so bought this.
The trouble is the author is desperately trying to make the book funny. Whereas in the first book the main character is quirky, by now he is just irritating. Most situations are engineered for a gag. However, the punchline is so predictable that the situations are usually lost. I wish I'd read some more reviews before committing, the one star reviews are spot on.
This author has written some funny enjoyable books, not this one I'm afraid. I've got 4 hours left, but I think I'll watch some paint drying instead.
Narrator is excellent, the only reason why I persevered.
Much of the book. Cut out the nonsense about strapping some mince to a seal......not even funny in a surreal sense.
"loved this book"
I just love this author. He has a very vivid imagination and I learn something from each book. I learned a lot from this one. Above all you get a lot of laughs and the narrator is excellent. I am going to download another of this author's books now.
I love this series by Colin Bateman; they're all well-writen and humorous - they make me smile even on a dark, dreary winter Monday morning bus ride to work.
The humour is the outstanding element of these books. The stories are a bit fantastical but great fun.
Stephen Armstrong's narration is brilliant, he really catches the essence of the characters.
I listened to this book in several chunks while travelling to and from work. It really brightens up dark winter travelling!
I don't want to write a bad review as I really like some of his other stuff, but I just got bored with this. I had to keep rewinding as my mind was wandering off and I missed bits.
The mystery man has gone from being quirky to a pain in the neck and I don't know why the girlfriend sticks by him. An author's wife has gone missing and a plastic surgeon may be the culprit.
"got us through the 'flu!"
Husband and I downloaded the weekend before Christmas - we needed something light and entertaining to listen to as we were stuck in bed with proper 'flu! It kept us going through the worst of the fevers and shivers.
The main guy's neuroses were hilarious and loved the feisty attitude of his girlfriend.
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