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.
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
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.
"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.
"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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