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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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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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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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Colin Bateman continues to deliver top quality.

Mystery Man is on another case!
Mother is abroad in the shop and Belfast.
Forces of evil are also out there... only in Belfast!
Fall off your seat funny!

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loved this funny book

really funny, and yet rivaled many other crime books with the plot. fantastic. would recommend

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  • 23-12-19

This is a great series

Quirky and laugh out loud funny the mystery bookseller solves crimes. I really enjoyed this book the narrator is excellent.

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

I love Colin Batemans Dan 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 meaningful plot, no great powers of deduction, Totally disappointed

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  • 02-05-13

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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a bit of a shaggy dog's tale

Frustrating and disappointing. Story seemed to be being made up as it went along, with no clear (neat) end to aim at. This was particularly evident towards the close when a character had to be brought back on in a contrived encounter just to tie up a crucial loose end.
Also let down by mono-voiced narration, which more or less stayed the same for all characters.
The story did have moments of humour though; so there's that.

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Very good choice of narrator.

Still mad, still hilarious, the Man of Mystery continues to weave his eccentric path through life.

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Funny, gritty and wonderfully absurd

Need a wee bit of neurosis, hypochondria and political incorrectness in your narrator? This is a series of books for you.

Mystery Man, his long suffering partner and their perpetual student assistant take us on wild adventures from graffiti to murder, add to the mix a drunken lovey author called Coyle and this ragtag bunch of characters are like Black Books meets Sean Bythell, in a poor man's Christie Novel. Definitely not for those who offend easily or lack a funny bone. I love them.

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  • 09-11-11

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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