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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2009 Colin Bateman (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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By Toby on 09-06-13

Mystery, humor & literary nuances - GREAT

What did you love best about Mystery Man?

The wry, black humor was enticing as well as the author's knowledge of mysteries in general. I love how unique it was and the witty prose.

What did you like best about this story?

That I was never bored and continually entertained.

What about Stephen Armstrong’s performance did you like?

He was a most engaging reader and I loved the Irish lilt. Very easy to listen to and the articulation great. He didn't "overdo" it as some readers do. I could listen to him for hours on end.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Murder is the business of this mystery bookshop.

Any additional comments?

It is not often one encounters a truly amusing mystery that is contemporary and draws on history. This novel did both. I have bought one of his books before and now shall buy more. The author reminds me a bit of David Lodge and Tom Sharpe. I really applaud this author.

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By Karen on 12-26-11

Great beginning to a wonderful series...

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed this series - humorous and dark at the same time. Quirky characters that you can't help but become friends with.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Armstrong – was your favorite?

Mystery Man himself was a delight - I wish that there were more than just the three books in the series.

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

This book made me laugh out loud at times... which could be a bit akward as I walked to and from work. I must have made many passersby wonder just what I was up to!

Any additional comments?

If you haven't tried this series - do so! You won't be disappointed.

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By Caroline on 04-28-13

Just get it

Don't bother reading anything else. Just listen to this book. It is the best credit you will spend.
I said don't read anymore...why waste your time scrolling down when there is an " add to basket" button up there.
Buy this book and you will already have your next 3 reads lined up. As soon as you finish you will want to read the other 3 mystery man books. Story, characters, narration are top rate. The laughs, sarcasm and general humour in this book are proper, laugh out loud. Buy and enjoy.

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By S. Donohue on 09-26-13

Dont know if I love him or hate him?

NEVER has a book confused me so much - I am not sure if I LOVE or HATE the main man! sometimes I am listening and laughing my head off others I am thinking what a *********
i have told so many people about this book yet still find it hard to describe to anyone, its is both funny, sad, insightful, thrilling, twisting and clever - in short brilliant really. The main mystery man is both genius and idiot but it is one of the best things i have ever listened to, went straight on audible and got the next one! I am a really picky listener often only getting books that are either Dr Who, Terry Pratchett or something I have already read and want to listen to, this grabbed me in a sale and I am so glad I took a chance well worth a listen

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