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Publisher's Summary

The Small Shop Keeper With No Name is back. Hired to find the vandals responsible for spraying graffiti on an insurance magnate's advertising hoarding, he soon finds himself battling to solve murders that echo in the corridors of power.

With MI5 involved and everyone on the hunt for a missing Jack Russell, can our hero stay alive as well as keep his world renowned bookshop afloat?

©2009 Colin Bateman (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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Quirky, funny worthwile suspense novel

Bateman has a talent for writing and describing odd, fun characters in his stories. The situations are comical even though there is danger lurking in the shadows, and Bateman pulls off the story and makes it work. I like his stories and have enjoyed the two books in this series. The main character is an odd duck an one wonders what Colin Bateman must be like in real life to be able to describe him so well - but the stories are fun and the dialog moves along and is well written. This book is a good time and worth a read.

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  • Patricia
  • 11-08-13

I smiled and laughed a lot

I found this the funniest book I have listened to in a long time and also the one I have enjoyed the most. The plot was improbable as was the main character. The narrator was very good. A dog in the plot always improves a book. I would strongly recommend this book.

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  • Caroline
  • 04-28-13

absolute classic

The whole of this series is possibly the best I have listened to ever. very clever and very very funny. Worth starting at the begining with colin batemans " mystery man" and going through all four books.



A definate credit worthy book

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 07-05-13

Mystery Man's Back

First off, this was a great title, and secondly we finally meet the dreaded mother. It's no wonder he's the shell of a man he is, the mother is AWFUL (in a great, Thank God she's not my maw way!).

A new assignment involving You Tube, kidnapping and a stuffed Jack Russell interferes with love and parenthood. A good listen.

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  • W
  • 05-02-13

Something missing...

I enjoyed the first in the series (Mystery Man) so much, it was a tough act to follow. The story here wasn't quite as good, but I might change my mind about this on subsequent listens - I often do. Some audiobooks need time to bed in. I really enjoyed the narration - just the right tone to round out the protagonist I imagine the Mystery Man to be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-18

It will get interesting eventually........No

I love Colin Batemans Fan Starkey series so I thought I would try the Mystery Man. This could have been a 1 hr book. Full of useless paragraphs about the characters ailments which you believe will be relevant to the storyline, but no, just words to drag out the story. No meaning plot, do great powers of deduction, Totally disappointed

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  • Peter G.
  • 12-15-17

Thoroughly enjoyable

Well written, engaging characters, frequently causes for unexpected chuckles, and such an unexpected twist in the end. Well worth it.

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  • edin
  • 10-24-17

An annoyingly addictive set of characters

Excellent second book in the series. Narration is sympathetic which is perfect for this cold fish of a central character.

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  • Wickerman49
  • 06-07-15

hilarious but more swearing than necessary

I love this series of books which really do have those laugh out loud moments, but even I feel there is not enough justification for the amont of foul language and this series would be just as funny with half as much of this.

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  • Adele
  • 10-09-14

Brilliant and funny

Great story, and funny characters. Fab narration and really engaging. It brightens my long drive to work.

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  • janice
  • 03-21-14

Clever title, little substance.

What disappointed you about The Day of the Jack Russell?

The story could be so much better, lots of potential with eccentric book shop owner. The irritating girlfriend/boyfriend bickering throughout. Tedious"look how quirky and amusing us Irish are." feel to book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Colin Bateman again?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was okay.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Day of the Jack Russell?

The dog being run over!!