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The Prisoner of Brenda (Mystery Man 4)

The Prisoner of Brenda (Mystery Man 4) [Kindle Edition]

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Bateman, described by James Nesbitt as 'a dark and brilliant champion of words' has written a stunning new novel of crime and conspiracy starring the hapless Mystery Man

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When notorious gangster 'Fat Sam' Mahood is murdered, the chief suspect is arrested nearby. But he seems to have suffered a breakdown. Incarcerated in a mental institution, he's known only as the Man in the White Suit. The suspect remains an enigma until Nurse Brenda calls on Mystery Man, former patient and owner of No Alibis, Belfast's finest mystery bookshop, to bring his powers of investigation to bear... However, before our hero can even begin, the Man in the White Suit is arrested for the murder of a fellow patient. But is he a double murderer or a helpless scapegoat? Intrigue, conspiracy, and ancient Latin curses all combine to give the Small Bookseller with No Name his most difficult case to date.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (25 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FQ1X6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 DIVORCING JACK and WILD ABOUT HARRY and the popular TV series MURPHY'S LAW starring James Nesbitt. Bateman lives in Northern Ireland with his family.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Best Man of Mystery yet.. They are all good books but this one is the best. Sometimes just wish they were longer.. or i read them slower!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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... just reach out for a Bateman book. The prisoner of Brenda will make your (face) cheeks ache from smiling and your ribs hurt from the belly laughs. Best read alone to avoid the 'just listen to this bit, just listen to this other bit' phenomena. What I took from this story is that electro-convulsive therapy is an effective, albeit temporary, treatment for hypochondria. I'm not sure if I preferred our Mystery Man with or without his hang-ups but Bateman has given me lots of new ideas for general misbehaviour. I particulalry enjoyed the breaking of all the forks in Purdysburn because I agree that plastic cutlery is an abomination. Looking forward to the next Bateman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 10 Mar 2013
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Another gem from Colin Bateman . Gripping and humour all the way as good as his other books.Excellent read again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great from Bateman 27 Feb 2013
By J. Bell
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Grab yourself a cup of tea, crack open a twix, sit back and enjoy. This has Bateman trademarked crime all over it. All the usual ingredients but another cracking original tale with a bit of wit from the Mystery Man.

Imagine buying meat, carrot and onions and putting them all in a pan every night and something very different and really tasty comes out - that is what Bateman is great at!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Mystery Man's finest hour. 7 Jan 2013
By irmt
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I'm been an avid reader of all of Colin Bateman's books for some years now and he's still one of those authors whose books I order as soon as they are released. I should really get myself on some mailing list so I know sooner although it's a nice surprise when I trawl through Amazon and see there's something new by him out. It always cheers me to find out.

Mystery Man is one of those characters who often defy belief. He's the kind of person you'd probably steer clear of at the best of times and like those guys in High Fidelity, real ale devotees and ski instructors he looks down on anyone who's not up to his level which isn't many. It's never really made clear how he remains in the murder book industry being so nasty to his customers. It's also hard to decide why his long suffering girlfriend (tm) remains with him. I'd have kicked him into touch years ago. However on he goes with girlfriend, new born son (he's pretty sure it's his but 100% positive), trusty side kick/lacky and mad mother and tries to solve another case.

Much like the other Mystery Man novels you'd be wise to suspend your belief at quite how he goes around solving these mysteries. Like Bateman's other novels the art is in the writing. The banter between characters fizzes by and there's enough one liners to have you chortling to yourself on the train into work. Certainly Bateman's ability to write hasn't diminished and there's enough cultural references to keep you going. Sometimes I'd like the narrator not to explain why he's called himself after the author of the first ever hard boiled detective novel. Let the reader find out...

However this is probably the first of the books I've come away from not feeling entirely satisfied.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
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Another riotous read from Bateman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Bateman!! 22 Jun 2014
By Davylee
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Have been waiting for this latest novel and have not been disappointed! Great plot, wit and writing. Well done Bateman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad 11 Jun 2014
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Same basic plot line. Dependency issues etc a bit dragged out and tiresome
Needs to develop characters more fully. Average
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. Mystery man cracks me up. Cant wait for the next instalment! Have read most of Colin Batemans books and he always ticks the boxes.
Published 9 days ago by Chrissie Oman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gripping plot. Well told and with plenty of humour.
Published 1 month ago by MICHAEL J BONHAM
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery man back and crazier than ever...
Another Mystery Man tale that will have you laughing out loud. If you've enjoyed the previous Novels with this wacky hero then you won't be disappointed - he is as awful(ly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs T E MICHEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prisoner of Brenda
What can I say - except I love this book - the entire series has had me laughing out loud and getting some very strange looks from people nearby - When notorious gangster 'Fat Sam'... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SammyF
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Another hilarious read from Colin Bateman that keeps you laughing from page one! Not to be missed and highly recommended
Published 8 months ago by davido6552
3.0 out of 5 stars More mystery man
I have been reading Bateman books for years and have always thoroughly enjoyed them with as always some laugh out loud moments in every book but I was a bit disappointed by this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars coin Bateman
Colin Bateman , as funny ,quick & witty as ever. Mystery Man is my favourite series of all his books.
Published 9 months ago by miss m
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
A good twisting story of the dysfunctional "defective detective" and "No Alibis" bookshop owner Anthony Boucher. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Wakeman
3.0 out of 5 stars i was a bit dissapointed
the service was great, but as an avid bateman reader I thought this book was a bit poor, not up to his usual excellent funny standard. well you wanted a review.
Published 13 months ago by pen
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Bateman
I have been reading Bateman books for years and have always thoroughly enjoyed them...laugh out loud reads but found this rather too close to One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tony Drudge
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