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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oasis-WERP; 2 edition (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957306245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957306240
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There are well crafted twists and turns ... witty observations of people
and their motives.' -- 'Lothian Life Online' (www.lothianlife.co.uk) October 2006

Bob Burns is not as dark as Rebus - he ploughs his own rather more humorous furrow. -- Welsh Books Council - www.gwales.com - May 2009

It's a great read, action-packed, funny and thoroughly entertaining. -- bibrarything.com, April 2007

A combination of suspense and comedy.
-- The Scots Magazine - December 2006

A complete departure from his previous books ... 'The Mallorca
Connection' makes perfect holiday reading.
-- 'Spanish Magazine' November 2006

Peter has a killer way with words.
(Edinburgh Evening News) -- Edinburgh Evening News, July 27, 2206

Whodunit fans will love this first in a new series ... a murder
hunt with funny and frightening results!
-- 'Sunday Post Plus ' September 3, 2006

With further Bob Burns novels in the pipeline, let's hope that
Kerr's 'Mallorca Connection' lasts for many years to come.
-- 'H! Society Magazine', November 2006

Written with gusto, the action moves at a rate of knots and revs dramatically ... -- The Scotsman - 26 August 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Having said 'hasta la vista' to the real and whimsical world of the Mallorcan characters who populated my 'Snowball Oranges' series of books, I'd like to welcome you to the fictional domain of Bob Burns, a maverick Scottish detective with a twinkle in his eye and doggedness in his bones.

There's nothing funny about murder, and nobody could be more serious in the pursuit of justice than Bob. Yet a fair sprinkling of humour infiltrates his investigations, thanks in no small way to the antics of his two unlikely sidekicks, sexy forensic scientist, Dr Julie Bryson, and gullible rookie copper, PC Andy Green. What's more, free-spirited Bob isn't one to let national boundaries hold him back, so (by happy coincidence) the Spanish island of Mallorca features strongly in this, his first chronicled case.

And there are many more humour-laced 'crimes sans frontieres' for Bob Burns and Co to solve, so I hope you will enjoy reading about their exploits in this opening story.

Peter Kerr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I rarely pick up a whodunnit book but I took a chance with The Mallorca Connection, not least because I am aware of Peter Kerr's other titles and know Mallorca well. The book's main protagonists, Bob Burns and side kick, Andy Green, offer a great deal of slapstick humour and fun reminding me at times of the madcap duo, Dogberry & Verges in Shakespearean comedy. However there is a complex murder to be solved and the investigation weaves its path from the UK to Mallorca. There is added poignancy and romance in the various sub plots. An enjoyable read for those wanting a racy whodunnit with added humour.
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As a fan of Peter Kerr's delightfully descriptive and humorous observations in his 'Snowball Oranges' series of travel books, I admit to having had misgivings about this crossover into 'crime' fiction. Other authors have tripped spectacularly over such tricky hurdles.

However, it seems that Peter has succeeded in making the leap by tackling the challenge in his own (apparently) simple way - i.e. as in his travel writing, he comes over first and foremost as a story-teller and he doesn't let genre demarcations get in the way.

Here is a mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very last sentence. But along the way, your concentration is steered into tongue-in-cheek diversions that, while giving you a laugh or two, also introduce you to key features of the characters who, I guess, will become regulars in future Bob Burns yarns.

In fact, this is reminiscent of the formula that proved so popular in Kerr's travel books, but with the added freedom of imagination that fiction writing invites. He has certainly made the most of that freedom, especially in some hilarious action sequences. Thankfully, he has managed to maintain a strong travel element in the story line as well.

It's quirky, one of a kind, and I'm already looking forward to 'The Sporran Connection', which, according to its Amazon blurb, promises to be even more off-the-wall than this first Bob Burns whodunnit.

Crime 'purists' beware!
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Just like his brilliant travel writing, Peter Kerr's "Bob Burns investigates" is extremely well-written; highly entertaining; witty; and the characters and places are so vividly described that they spring to life in one's imagination. The plot of the murder mystery that Bob Burns investigates is so well constructed that the reader is left guessing until the end. To create great suspense, but at the same time inject humour in a detective story is no mean feat and just shows that Peter Kerr is one of today's most accomplished writers. What I appreciate most in his books (which I have all read avidly) is that he knows how to keep the story flowing without ever a dull passage or unnecessary digression.
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Once I got into this, I couldn't put it down -- the main characters are so warm and genuine, and the plot is quite intriguing. It's also fun to flit from Scotland to Mallorca. A highly enjoyable weekend's reading, and I'm looking forward to immersing myself in the next book in the series.
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If you're already a fan of Peter's Mallorca series, then have no fear you will enjoy this too!

It's an entertaining read, with a good plot and plenty of humour too.
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This book combines a touch of Tom Sharpe's humour with the intrigue of a perfectly crafted 'whodunnit' novel. The characterisation is engaging - even the minor characters all come to life - and the story twists and turns, pulling you through to the surprise ending. Kerr writes with maturity and linguistic flair. Most enjoyable.
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I bought this on the strength of the customer reviews. Five stars?? For writing in Scotland, that means Rankin, Rowland and Mina.

This book is very pedestrian and not very credible.
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