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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Mystery, humor & literary nuances - GREAT
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.
That I was never bored and continually entertained.
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.
Murder is the business of this mystery bookshop.
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.
- Toby "Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too."
Great beginning to a wonderful series...
I really enjoyed this series - humorous and dark at the same time. Quirky characters that you can't help but become friends with.
Mystery Man himself was a delight - I wish that there were more than just the three books in the series.
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!
If you haven't tried this series - do so! You won't be disappointed.