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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (661 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Bateman Narrator: Stephen Armstrong Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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A superbly gripping and blackly funny mystery by the king of the comic crime caper.

He's the Man With No Name and the owner of No Alibis, a mystery bookshop in Belfast. But when a detective agency next door goes bust, the agency's clients start calling into his shop asking him to solve their cases. It's not as if there's any danger involved. It's an easy way to sell books to his gullible customers and Alison, the beautiful girl in the jewellery shop across the road, will surely be impressed. Except she's not because she can see the bigger picture.

And when they break into the shuttered shop next door on a dare, they have their answer. Suddenly they're catapulted along a murder trail which leads them from small-time publishing to Nazi concentration camps and serial killers.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 2/3/2014

    " Loved it. Quirky, witty, funny. Loved the ending - thought it was really clever and a really entertaining read. Made my work commute for the past week really enjoyable. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ardyth | 1/20/2014

    " Easy reading with a handful of surprise guffaws. Our hero is a bit too neurotic for my usual taste, but I found this a fun read nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/16/2014

    " Really dull. It's a humourous mystery but it's neither funny enough to be humour nor mysterious enough to be mystery. The main character investigates a disappearance that may be linked to the holocaust survivors. The holocaust pretty much gets used as lurid horror fodder. It's use in this book is salacious, pandering and cheap. Nothing rings with emotional reality, not even a humourous emotional reality. The story rises and falls on its only real creation, the self-centred hypochondriac protagonist, who, if like me, you don't really come to like, this book makes for a long slog indeed. The 'reveal' of the mystery manages at once to be both ludicrous and predictable. By the time I got round to it I was only half paying attention. In short, this is supermarket fiction, and not even very good supermarket fiction at that. If you are even just looking for something as light as read for the beach, this will still disappoint you. It's boring, pick something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/14/2014

    " Classic Bateman: unpretentious, fast paced, silly, witty. Does what it says on the tin and does it really well! Deffo would give another Mystery Man book a look soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 11/27/2013

    " Enjoyed this book- very tongue in cheek style. Narrated by the main character who has some significant mental health issues but is written in a comedic style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowen Farrow | 11/26/2013

    " good read, tailed off towards the end but the hilarity of "the case of the missing FA cup" kept me going for hours! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penelope | 11/21/2013

    " A fairly predictable plot but the excellent writing, the cosy bookshop setting and a ridiculously amusing amateur detective who made me laugh out laugh on several occasions will have me searching out the rest of the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Myrna | 11/5/2013

    " Mildly humorous, but too flighty for my tastes. Life's too short. Moving on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 9/22/2013

    " This was a wonderful book! It has a funny dark sense of humor from the main character. And the story was gripping. Can't wait to start the next one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 8/19/2013

    " Dang Benedict Cumberbatch recommended this for the Richard and Judy book club so then I had to read it. And it was good! Narrator is so flawed it is hilarious, the main mystery is gripping and the ending really surprised me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JackieB | 8/12/2013

    " This is brilliant. It's full of black humour but at the same time it's contains a really good intruiging sinister mystery. I wouldn't have thought it possible to combine those two elements if I hadn't read this but Colin Bateman pulls it off brilliantly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Declan | 7/15/2013

    " Really loved this book, especially since it was set it Botanic Ave in Belfast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tess | 3/20/2013

    " Quirky fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayleigh | 4/24/2012

    " This book is a comedic crime novel, it's actually hilarious and thrilling at the same time. As an independent investigator is killed next door to a crime bookshop, the owner begrudgingly takes it into his own hands to help the public solve cases with hilarious results. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Febry | 7/9/2011

    " Brilliant. The humour is fantastic, the plot and characters original and interesting but it is the final twist that grips. Strongly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 4/26/2011

    " A fun read, our hero reminded me very much of the type of characters Bob Hope used to play. A refreshing change but beware there is some bad language. What a great ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 1/1/2011

    " Probably the funniest book I've ever read and Bateman's weirdest anti-hero to-date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 6/10/2010

    " Fluff, but amusing fluff that takes place down the street. Not a fan of the Norman Bates-esque elements though -- just too much . . . "

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About the Author
Author Colin Bateman

Colin Bateman was a journalist in Northern Ireland before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, Divorcing Jack, won the Betty Trask Prize, and all his novels have been critically acclaimed. He wrote the screenplays for the feature films of Divorcing Jack, Crossmaheart and Wild about Harry. He lives in Ireland with his family.

About the Narrator

Stephen Armstrong is a Northern Irish actor and voice-over artist. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and did two tours with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His voice-work clients include Volvo, Beamish Beer, and Guinness, and he has read audiobooks for several publishers.