Monday, 1 February 2010

Bateman awarded Honorary Degree for services to literature

Crime writer Colin Bateman has been awarded a well deserved Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster for services to literature. This is fantastic news for this prolific and incredibly talented writer. Bateman is the crime writer's crime writer of choice - his blackly comic crime capers have won him critical acclaim and an impassioned fanbase.

His first novel, Divorcing Jack, won the Betty Trask Prize, and in 2009 Mystery Man was selected as a Richard and Judy Summer read and was in the Top 50 Times/WH Smiths paperbacks of 2009. Bateman was also selected for the Daily Telegraph's Top 50 Crime Writers to Read Before You Die.

In his latest novel The Day of the Jack Russell his no-named bookselling/crime solving hero returns. Hired to find the vandals responsible for spraying graffiti on an aspiring insurance magnate's advertising hoarding, he soon finds himself up to his ears in intrigue and battling to solve murders which echo in the corridors of power. With MI5 getting involved and everyone on the hunt for a missing Jack Russell, can Our Man Behind the Counter stay alive as well as keep his world renowned but criminally ignored No Alibis mystery bookshop afloat?

Now we've whet your appetite (and check out the cool cover!) pick up a copy of his latest novel The Day of the Jack Russell here

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