Troubador The Gentleman Shopkeeper

Released: 28/04/2017

ISBN: 9781788036733

eISBN: 9781788038201

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Gentleman Shopkeeper

A Mystery Novel


An over-respectable shopkeeper in an English country town encounters a wheel clamper who accidentally dies. He fears he will be accused of murder. To cover himself, he decides to avoid reporting the death and to investigate it himself. The Gentleman Shopkeeper is his own politically incorrect account of his adventures. But he thinks there’s an important truth we must all remember. He did once score three runs in a school cricket-match! This is why we see three old cricket stumps on the cover... His bowler hat and his briefcase are the other two main elements in the mystery which quickly engulfs him. The Gentleman Shopkeeper doubles as an audio-script and is a mystery novel which will appeal to readers looking for a witty but thoughtful story.

At first, I wasn't sure where this was going and the main character didn't seem to know either. But what a fun read! The quirky characters, the twists in the plot, and the eccentric language all joined together for a really fun time.

by Brandi Welch (NetGalley)

Full of original characters who are all bonkers with crazy stuff going on in the background. Sub-plots that are just bonkers.
I felt that the book was a little longer than it needed to be but nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it and actually laughed out loud once or twice which rarely happens to me.

by Cassie Pawpads (NetGalley)

I highly recommend "The Gentleman Shopkeeper" for both its clever intrique, original and intricate plot, and well-developed characters. And, whether intentional or not, it produces quite a depth of psychological insight into human nature.

by Nancy Kline

One of the most original and amusing books I have read in a long time. Such an engaging plot, such a cast of characters, how does something so off beat manage to be so entertaining. I actually quite liked the main character and totally disliked his shop assistant, some of the other characters reminded me of the successful Inspector Hobbes book by a totally different author. I hope that there is another book in production, very strongly recommend for a mind taxing read.

by Carolyn McVicker-Wilson (NetGalley)

This will keep you laughing but it is certainly not lightweight. It is a murder story in reverse. Instead of whodunit, the reader knows that from the start and the mystery is what happens next. It is very well written and the main character is typical of buffoons we all probably know.

by Douglas Osler (NetGalley)

"The Gentleman Shopkeeper" was a wonderfully clever, humorously engaging mystery. To say I enjoyed it is just not enough. The characters were all so well developed, you just truly were "in" the story, and you didn't want It to end. DV Haines is a skillful writer, and I look forward to reading more of (his/her) writings. I will definitely recommend this book.

by Vickie Hemmelgarn (NetGalley)

Very enjoyable read, although the hero can be very frustrating at times. I felt like grabbing hold of him and giving him a good thump. Shows how much I was into the book! Look forward to any more in the series.

by Nigel Greaves (NetGalley)

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