Bateman was a journalist in 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 screen plays for the feature films DIVORCING JACK and WILD ABOUT HARRY and the popular BBC TV series MURPHY'S LAW starring James Nesbitt. He lives in Ireland with his family.
November 2009 Book of the Month. Since his first novel, Divorcing Jack, Bateman has delighted his readers with his quirky, dark and comical crime novels. The protagonist usually finds himself caught up in crazy situations through some unfortunate mishap and in this follow up to Mystery Man our Bookseller come PI finds himself drawn in to the murky depths of murder, MI5 and mayhem. Bateman's books really are great fun so give them a go if you haven’t already.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 17 June 2009 A gripping and blackly funny mystery. A bookshop manager becomes a reluctant private eye after the real private eye's business (whose premises were next door) closes down. After a few easy cases he thinks he's got his new profession sussed - then he finds himself with a murder on his hands.