The Prisoner of Brenda Audio CD – 25 Jan 2013
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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, Belfast's finest mystery bookshop owner, to bring his powers of investigation to bear... 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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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.Read more ›
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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This Bateman novel, is once again absolutely hilarious, read all of his practicallly since his debut divorcing jackPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyable, different to anything i've read in a long time. Some laugh out loud moments. Left me feeling good.Published 2 months ago by Nicenurse
Luv this Authors writing : no messages like many authors today just a good yarn with a dollop of humour.Published 10 months ago by Monster D.
If you are familiar with Colin's work and you came back for more you won't be disappointed by this bonkers thriller. It's almost worth it for the epilogue alone.Published 13 months ago by Dave Ross
Our Mr. Bateman always seems to like to paint himself into a corner, but he may have overdone it this time. As with all his books this is very funny and well crafted. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Verney