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They say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. Well, as far as Dan Starkey's concerned, 'they' can stick it where the sun don't shine because right now helping his wife with the unpacking is the least of his worries...No sooner than Dan has moved into his new Belfast home, his best mate, Mouse, is murdered - leaving him to catch a killer, become EditThey say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. Well, as far as Dan Starkey's concerned, 'they' can stick it where the sun don't shine because right now helping his wife with the unpacking is the least of his worries...No sooner than Dan has moved into his new Belfast home, his best mate, Mouse, is murdered - leaving him to catch a killer, become Editor of the obscenely successful scandal magazine, Belfast Confidential, and compile the much-coveted Power List...

Title : Belfast Confidential
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ISBN : 9780755309269
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Belfast Confidential Reviews

  • Incandragon
    2019-07-03 18:46

    This was a pleasant murder mystery, and I was surprised to find that it was the seventh and latest in a series of seven Dan Starkey novels. It had humor and nice pacing, good characters and interesting twists. More than twice I thought I knew where it was going, and then it didn't go there -- so, kudos. "Well intentioned but inclined to stupidity" is how the protagonist is described, and that's got Starkey pegged. As interesting as the plot, though, was seeing the portrayal of a community and culture trying to reclaim itself from a recent history of violence and terrorism.There is, be warned, cat death.Extra points for the audiobook experience, because it's narrated with an Irish brogue, and that's nothing but lovely.I feel I must add that after the recent debacle with Grimes's "Belle Ruin," I was pleased to see that Bateman wrote a book where someone who isn't up to speed on the history of the series isn't left in crippling ignorance. Still bitter 'bout that.

  • Scotchneat
    2019-07-08 14:57

    Definitely enjoyed this one. This time, Patricia and Dan have moved house, and if that doesn't drive him to drink, then the death of his good friend Mouse will.But first he's got to take over Mouse's leading gossip/trendsetter mag "Belfast Confidential", and maybe figure out what happened along the way.Needless to say, drinks will be drunk, mayhem will ensue, and Patricia will be pissed.

  • Alex Breck
    2019-07-23 11:47

    Absolutely LOVED this book, from start to finish. Literally had me laughing out loud. His dark sense of humour is often just a couple of feet past the line of decency but you just know that Bateman has his tongue firmly in his cheek. He is very funny but also has a razor-sharp insight into 'post-Troubles' Ulster and if you're tired of mundane fiction, give Bateman a try. Can't believe they still drink 'Harp' over there...!

  • Claire Smyth
    2019-07-09 16:48

    I really enjoyed reading this book! It was funny, exciting, and I like how it ended! I didn't really like Dan as a character, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment for the novel.MORE THOUGHTS:

  • Shreya Nimma
    2019-07-10 17:59

    Well, it cannot be described as a bad book but neither can it be described as an amazing one. Frankly, it is quite boring at times but I found it was due to the dullness of the plot, not the writing. The author made a brave attempt to inject humour with his writing style but it just didn't work. The story dragged in places and was predictable at times. When I looked it up on the Internet, as is customary with me as soon as I finish a book, I was surprised to find that it was the seventh in a series of books. It certainly hadn't given that impression.::: Okay read, but pass over if you have something better to do.

  • Amy
    2019-07-10 19:10

    I picked this audiobook up at the library, from the free table. This was my first audiobook. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The story was interesting, with lots of twists, but I did figure out "whodunit" by the mid-point of the story. I liked the narrator quite a bit, even though there were a few moments when his accent made it a bit difficult to understand all of the words. There was a fair amount of humor and I found myself laughing out loud several times. I did think that the profanity was a little heavy-handed, so if it offends you, you might not want to listen to this one.

  • Deanna Against Censorship
    2019-07-11 18:07

    Not really sure why this book missed the mark with me. Gave it 3 stars because it made me laugh at times. Other times the "hero" Dan just irritated me and so did his wife. There was no character in this book that I liked. There was no suspense as to who done it only why. Okay story. Not interested in reading more about Dan as I just did not like him. I usually like British and Irish humor, just felt empty after finishing this book.

  • Fiona Groves
    2019-07-03 14:48

    My husband suggested I read this book. Initially I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it. The main character, Dan Starkey, is a journalist, a shambles, pretty irritating and he thinks he's funny. However, I quickly got into the story and became almost fond of him towards the end. It's a clever story with a high body count and many laugh out loud moments. I'll definitely read more about Dan Starkey.

  • David Campton
    2019-07-10 17:58

    Bateman's publishing company has pretentiously dropped his uncool name "Colin" yet the recipe remains the same. A repackaging of stories from Northern Ireland's painful past in a mad-cap comedy thriller, with a clever title culled from something more famous. That's the theory... but the franchise is just a little bit stale. Don't spend your book-token's on it.

  • Mary
    2019-07-03 11:46

    This was a fun read. A few times I laughed out loud. The characters were good - a nice mix of quirky and normal. The setting, Belfast in northern Ireland, was interesting and well done. And the murder mystery plot unfolded nicely. Clues led the reader to think one way, then another. The book passed the do-I- want-another test.

  • Jennifer
    2019-07-24 15:51

    Another Crime/Comedy - I'm sure I've read other books of his before. Although they are some quite serious crimes, and the protagonist Dan is dealing with other 'heavy' issues the book is v. funny and quite entralling. Some laugh out loud moments, and certainly not a cheesy example of the genre...

  • Amanda
    2019-06-23 11:50

    I stuck with this despite being turned off by the salty language very early on and often. The story twists and is complicated. Overall an OK read, but didn't compare with my favorite detective series by Ian Rankin.

  • Henry Sheppard
    2019-06-29 18:50

    This a Dan Starkey mystery. A good read. His wife dumps him, as usual, then takes him back, as usual. Lots of people die violent deaths. Not his best, but pretty good anyway.

  • Martin Willoughby
    2019-07-20 14:04

    Very funny, but not for those easily offended by swear words.

  • Rkb 2015
    2019-06-25 14:46

  • Glenys Parslow
    2019-07-22 16:58

    Fast-paced, witty and full of colourful characters. I bought it for the cover and because I enjoyed the movie, "Divorcing Jack."

  • Glenys Parslow
    2019-07-04 18:46

    Very funny and entertaining.

  • K J Bennett
    2019-07-01 18:53

    Second funniest of the Dan Starkey novels. Beaten only by Driving Big Davie

  • Chris Moore
    2019-07-14 11:51

    Re-read and enjoyed just as much as before.

  • Mike Worth
    2019-06-30 13:58

    Have read most of his books and can't remember all exactly - just that I have never been let down and have enjoyed Mr Bateman's writing immensely

  • Shirley
    2019-07-07 17:56

    A thriller with a difference. A very good deck chair read and one I enjoyed.

  • Eli
    2019-06-26 15:12

    I liked the combo of humor & crime. Dan is a wanker, but unapologetically so, and is tolerable despite the ill-timed & un-PC jokes.

  • Terry Foster
    2019-07-16 16:58

    Marketed as an Ulster Carl Hiaasen, not sure I'd agree but still a light, fun read

  • Valerie
    2019-07-02 18:46

    Am I being too picky?, he lost all credibility when he got the whole "Sandy Row, UVF, Maccabi, Linfield" thing completely back-to-front.Is he that out of touch with what's going on in Belfast?

  • Steve
    2019-07-04 17:48

    Love the British-style humor (Northern Irish actually).But the book would have been ever better if edited down to about half the length.

  • Vanessa
    2019-07-24 14:07

    I really enjoy that the city of Belfast is an important character in its own rights in Bateman's books.

  • Ian Lambert
    2019-07-01 17:47

    Fast, fun and quite silly.