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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime is no laughing matter
It looks like there is still plenty of life left in Bateman's Mystery Man series, so clearly the court injunction filed by the owner of the real No Alibis crime bookstore in Belfast must have failed - either that or he's got a good sense of humour. Which is good news for those who like dumb, stupid comedy writing that plays knowledgeably with the conventions of crime...
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by Keris Nine
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes Mess
The Bookshop Owner With No Name is back to his crime solving at the expense of his book sales, and once again the crimes are finding him rather than him having to go out looking for them. Unlikely deductions - how a victim cuts his cigars, for instance - knowing references to other authors and the blackest of black humour are once again ingredients of the mix, but it may...
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by John Grimbaldeston
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime is no laughing matter,
This review is from: Dr. Yes (Hardcover)It looks like there is still plenty of life left in Bateman's Mystery Man series, so clearly the court injunction filed by the owner of the real No Alibis crime bookstore in Belfast must have failed - either that or he's got a good sense of humour. Which is good news for those who like dumb, stupid comedy writing that plays knowledgeably with the conventions of crime writing, while making fun of them at the same time. Respectfully of course, after all, crime is no laughing matter.
Here in Dr. Yes, our pathetic, snivelling, neurotic bookseller shows some signs of kindness and decency and even seems to develop a spine when he helps out an obscure but brilliant failed local crime author Augustine Wogan, and it's got nothing to do with the chance of getting signatures on those first editions of his out-of-print Barbed-Wire Love trilogy of books gathering dust in a cardboard box in the shop, nor the promise of being given the opportunity to print the unpublished sequels to his underrated masterwork.
With Augustine's wife missing after going under the knife of mysterious plastic surgeon Dr. Yeschenkov, The Case of the Pearl Necklace (don't ask) proves however to be a particularly dangerous one. Our bookseller isn't going to let a busty, beautiful femme fatale distract him from his duty, or let the fact that his temperamental girlfriend Alison is pregnant prevent him from confronting a dangerous hitman and serial killer who keeps his victims heads in a hatbox - or to be more precise, it's not going to prevent him from putting Alison forward to confront those dangerous situations.
Dr. Yes and the continuation of the Mystery Man series is living proof, or at least literary proof (if literary is not too strong a term for this kind of crime fiction), that you can never get too much sarcasm, bad taste humour and stale old jokes in that grand old Northern Ireland tradition of having a laugh at things when the going gets tough. (And you have to laugh really when you see what they have for politicians in Northern Ireland). Bateman is thoroughly steeped in that tradition and the humour here is brilliant and unforced, arising out of those familiar local character types. There's still more laughs to the page than the recommended EU limit, so make sure you read this before the politically correct mob ban it or No Alibis succeed in their court injunction.
Until then, Dr. Yes is available in all good crime book stores on Botanic Avenue in Belfast.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't say 'no' to Dr Yes!,
One of the most enjoyable things for me to encounter when reading Bateman is the peppering of laugh-out-loud humour he includes whilst on the crime solving trail. Dr Yes didn't let me down on this score. Always refreshing and adds much to the enjoyment of the read.
If you want a good tale that makes you really keen to find out 'whodunnit' as fast as you can (I finished the book in 3 days) - don't say 'no' to Dr Yes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yes - Dr Yes,
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough!,
This review is from: Dr. Yes (Kindle Edition)The Mystery Man is back, along with his long suffering girlfriend Allison and assistant Jeff for another dose of murder, mayhem and calamity.
I really enjoyed this, as I did the previous 2 Mystery Man novels, but this is, in my opinion, the best so far, full of very dark, sarcastic humour, vey well written and pacy - a joy to read.
Some of the humour is certainly not PC, some of the jokes the protagonist comes out with are old, but they always hit the mark.
However, be warned, I read some of this on while using public transport and received some very odd, disapproving looks because it made me laugh out loud, that, in itself is enough to give this 5 stars.
Fantastic - bring on the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC,
This review is from: Dr. Yes (Paperback)I am a huge fan of bateman books and especially the mystery man series, they just keep getting better and better.
My advice to you, potential reader, regarding this book, is to buy it, read it, love it, then read it again. You wont be dissapointed!
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Yes,
For those new to the series, Bateman's neurotic crime-fighting bookseller runs No Alibis bookshop on Belfast's Botanic Avenue (lawsuit from the real shop of that name [still] pending?). He loves the books but is rather less keen on the selling aspect and so channels his [extremely limited] energies into solving mysteries and remedying misadventures. There have been two novels in the series so far, Mystery Man and The Day of the Jack Russell, with another one apparently due out next year.
In Dr. Yes Belfast's favourite Consulting Bookseller is pitted against charismatic plastic surgeon Doctor Yeschenkov in `The Case of the Pearl Necklace' (and, before you ask, No Alibis does not keep a copy of the urban dictionary in stock). Of course our Man Behind the Counter doesn't bother himself with such frippery as striving for physical perfection, not when there are important considerations such as organising the Christmas Club (it is June after all) and dodging SOS phone calls from the Sunny Day nursing home (our Man's Mother may be out of sight, but she's still stubbornly refusing to be out of mind) to be dealt with anyway, and so it takes something a great deal more important than cosmetic interest to draw him into the case.
Our Bookseller might not like to exert himself, but even he couldn't ignore the sight of a distressed and dishevelled Augustine Wogan hurrying past the window of No Alibis and so, quicker than Jeff can invoke Amnesty International policy, he rushes after the man to see what the problem is. No doubt this laudable concern for his fellow man is heightened by the fact that Augustine Wogan is a reclusive yet respected crime writer whose [currently out of print and therefore rather valuable if signed copies could be made available] Barbed-Wire Love trilogy is much admired by crime aficionados. As any Bookseller worth his salt knows: just because a writer is unknown, it doesn't mean that he isn't a legend.
Wogan, it turns out, has bought a gun and was dashing off to murder Doctor Yeschenkov before he was interrupted with the promise of bourbons, companionship and a few autograph requests. Wogan's wife Arabella had checked herself into the Yeschenkov Clinic for his world-famous Million-Dollar Makeover and, after telephoning her husband to say that the surgery went well, promptly disappeared. While the official story is that Arabella had left Wogan and run away to Brazil, he believes that Dr. Yeschenkov has killed her. Keen to help one of his literary heroes, and even keener to have the chance of republishing the author's works, our Bookseller jumps [metaphorically of course] at the chance to help/exploit Wogan and is soon knee-deep in mayhem, make-up, thuggery and porn star names.
He might be appallingly self-centred and generally disagreeable and infuriated, but this Belfast Bookseller is one of my favourite crime fighters of the moment. Both his personality and his ailments are as bad as always in Dr. Yes, but impending fatherhood [although he is, admittedly, still awaiting DNA confirmation of his role in the affair] is at least giving him the occasional, very occasional, moment of sensible thought. The regular witticisms and dramatic flair are, however, still present and so his investigations are just as funny as in the previous two books. You also have to admire the way he is now selflessly willing to allow Jeff and Alison to take risks in investigations when his own preferred method of deduction is to sit in a dark room with a plentiful supply of Opal Fruits [never Starbursts] and think things out. Speaking of his [mostly] trusted sidekicks, both Jeff and Alison have large rolls to play in Dr. Yes. Jeff may have cooled off on the poetry front, but a night-time visit to a popular Belfast towpath in search of a missing photographer gives him plenty to occupy his mind. As for Alison, she still has the patience of a saint and the mouth of Colin Farrell and is determined not to let her pregnancy get in the way of showing our Bookseller how the detective game should really be played.
DI Robinson and Mother - the other series regulars - are present in Dr. Yes, but to a lesser extent than in the previous two novels. DI Robinson is mainly left to raise a weary eyebrow during the early stages of the investigation but does get to be present, if rather uninvolved, during the delightful denouncement. I do wish that Mother had been featured more. It's nice to know that, even if her general demeanour is as crotchety as ever, her joint pain must be easing somewhat if she is able to regularly squat down for a number two on the floor of the TV room at the Sunny Day home. Still, when she is involved, she is on top form and raises some real belly laughs.
Comedic crime fiction is hard to get right but with Dr. Yes Bateman has once again triumphed. Dr Yes is an inspired satire on the clichés of the crime genre and manages to be a hoot and a half while still offering an intriguing mystery to unravel.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant,
This review is from: Dr. Yes (Kindle Edition)The "man with no name" does it again, funny with mystery and intrigue, great combination to keep you laughing and hooked till the end.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.,
This review is from: Dr. Yes (Kindle Edition)It took me a while to get into the book and used to the style of writing, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bateman gold again,
This review is from: Dr. Yes (Kindle Edition)Been reading this series for a couple of months and love the authors comic writing. Characters are brought to life and a wonderfull picture of a hypochondriac detective with a little backbone.
Suitable for those with a cynical outlook on life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Giggles,
This review is from: Dr. Yes (Kindle Edition)I had great fun reading this book. Only problem being I was often stared at on the train as I kept giggling during the quiet London commute.
Definately give it a go, it's dark yet funny at the same time.
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Dr. Yes by Bateman