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Divorcing Jack was a brilliant satirical take on the Troubles and political progress since then, and his subsequent Wee Sweetie Mice and Men was as funny as Bateman can be, but the plot was just a tad too fantastical. Turbulent Priests stays true to Bateman's style of writing, but set in the more local Wrathlin Island and so Northern Irish pervades the entire book. Starkey arrives on said island with wife and baby in toe, to investigate the This is probably my favourite Dan Starkey book so far.

Starkey arrives on said island with wife and baby in toe, to investigate the acclaimed Second Coming of the Messiah, a six year old girl who actually rarely features. The focus is instead the islanders, and the corrupting power that religion can create I highly recommend this book, that had me snorting out loud for the duration. Oct 19, Jayne Charles rated it really liked it. There was an exhilarating originality about this novel - an isolated community off the coast of Northern Ireland becomes convinced one of its number is the second coming of Christ.

Journalist Dan Starkey arrives to investigate. It becomes clear that this is one of a series of books featuring Starkey, and given that I've not encountered him before it was a bit like crashing a party halfway through, but it was one where I felt welcome, and everything the reader needs to know about what has gone be There was an exhilarating originality about this novel - an isolated community off the coast of Northern Ireland becomes convinced one of its number is the second coming of Christ.

It becomes clear that this is one of a series of books featuring Starkey, and given that I've not encountered him before it was a bit like crashing a party halfway through, but it was one where I felt welcome, and everything the reader needs to know about what has gone before is economically conveyed without disturbing the narrative.

There's a lot of drinking despite the fact that the island is "dry" and a lot of wisecracking. The humour reminded me of my husband - frequently corny to an almost unbearable degree, but amongst it some really cracking humour that makes wading through the corn that bit less painful.

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And you really have to applaud the one-liner at the end of chapter 20, whilst acknowledging the complexity of the scaffolding that had to be erected around it to permit it to be delivered. I was hoping the book might bring me a tiny bit closer to understanding Northern Ireland and the whole religious divide.

I was none the wiser, but that observation summed up in a nutshell everything about sectarianism that is baffling to outsiders. I enjoyed the first half more than the second - there was a lot of good personality-driven plot and a lot of good humour. From halfway on, though, something happened. It became like a screenplay in waiting. Guns and fisticuffs and overwrought near-death experiences took over.


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Despite some pretty graphic action, you knew everything was going to be broadly OK: is the author really going to allow his serial character to be killed off? There are surely plenty more wisecracks to come.

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Jul 28, Jim Bartlett rated it did not like it. My 4th Bateman novel and I love the laugh out loud Irish black humour dialogue with original highly exaggerated and absurd characters particularly the central character and storylines There is a fine balance in the writing of exaggerated characters into an exaggerated plot I find his writing curiously addictive , but I felt in this novel the story degenerated from the absurd and imaginative crime fiction into contrived rubbish.

Totally believable Couldn't put it down. Read it in two sessions. First Dan Starkey novel that I've read but Will probably read the lot now. Dec 12, Gregory Totman rated it liked it. Religious nutters on a booze starved island! Crazy stuff. Another Bateman chilling but madcap romp, but with Dan Starkey in a somewhat different situation in both family and environment terms. He's on Wrathlin Island off the Antrim Close at the behest of a Cardinal concerned about a new Messiah and the island cult growing up around her.

I'm not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as usual, perhaps its Wicker Man-esque plot is too familiar. Feb 23, Richard rated it really liked it Shelves: comedy , crime , fiction , philosophy , religion.

A journalist is contracted to investigate a small island parish where locals report the Second Coming has taken place. This is a rip roaring comic story with strong thriller overtones. A great read.

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Sep 17, Emily rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction. Jan 07, Susan rated it it was amazing. If you like Bateman's other books, you'll like this one.

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Good Northern Ireland crime writing. Witty in tone with a nice undercurrent of darkness. Shades of the Wicker Man. It is also the first installment in the Mystery Man book series. The protagonist in this book is the owner of No Alibis, one of the leading mystery fiction bookshops in Belfast. In an exceedingly clever plot twist, the PI next door has been missing for quite some time.

Due to the fearless nature of the bookshop owner, he decides to take up these cases. The hero is the epitome of the paranoid hypochondriac. He eventually ends up with every personality disorder and disease that crosses his mind.

The girl next door is a self-proclaimed virgin, whose main work is creating graphic novels. Without the assistance of the girl, the hero manages to solve a safe case like missing trousers, derogatory graffiti on flyovers.

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However, when the exceptionally beautiful girl teams up with the armchair detective, danger backs its ugly head. With that said, the mystery man is an ingenious story, with an extremely paranoid hero. This book is downright funny.

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Medications, medical terms, and descriptions are spot on. The Mystery Man is filled with some laddish humor as well as some exceedingly interesting anoraky stuff about crime fiction present and past. The Day of Jack Russell is a comic crime caper that has been laced throughout with gags, humor and nonconformist characters. The readers will find themselves laughing from time to time. The author, Bateman has a gift of constructing a dialogue that crackles off the page.

The man has been made fun off on YouTube by several individuals, who had pornographically altered his features on one of the advertising billboards within Belfast. Randall wants the mystery man to find out who these men are so that he can be able to deal with them. Apart from this case, the mystery man is also presented with another case, where the Stuffed Dog of the Chief Constable of the town has been stolen. Yes is the third book in the Mystery Man book series. The book begins as the case of the cock headed man has just been solved and life has just returned to normalcy for the mystery man.

Despite having some normalcy in his life, the Mystery Man is still facing some challenges at home, when his girlfriend alleges that she is three months pregnant with his child. One Day, he spots one Augustine Wogan, a paranoid crime writer walking past his shop. Starkey, now a self-styled "upmarket private eye ", is hired to investigate the kidnapping and ascertain who might have been behind it — a significant task given the number of people offended by Caramac's illustration of the crime and corruption prevalent throughout Belfast.

Starkey's investigations lead him to the Miller brothers, officially the Chiefs of Staff for the Ulster Volunteer Force , although viewed by Starkey as merely a group of Shankill Road thugs intent on pedalling drugs across Belfast. The Millers have been attempting to evict a widow named Jean Murray from her house and Starkey intervenes, hoping his knowledge of their drug operation would dissuade any repercussions. Starkey's interference leads to the Murray's house being burnt down with Jean still inside.

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