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Publisher's Summary

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
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4 out of 5 stars
By Dennis on 11-09-12

Fun diversion from the usual fair

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sophie Tomms on 12-30-13

Brilliantly quirky and funny thriller!

If you could sum up Dr Yes in three words, what would they be?

Observant, clever, humorous

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Stephen Armstrong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

Start with the first book in the series,"The Mystery Man" and enjoy!

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5 out of 5 stars
By W on 06-15-13

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.

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