The Batch Magna Caper

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In this, the third novel in the Batch Magna series, a hapless gang of Birmingham crooks, led by self-styled criminal mastermind pawnbroker Harold Sneed, pull off 'the big one', a wages snatch at a factory in Shrewsbury. Two members of the gang take the money from there by train back to Birmingham, changing at Church Myddle, a station almost on the doorstep of Sir Humphrey.
And it’s there that things starts to unravel.
The money goes missing. Misunderstanding follows misunderstanding, until it leads them to Batch Hall on a day when the Hall is busy with another wheeze to help keep the estate afloat - an historical re-enactment show. And among the replica firearms is a real gun, with real bullets, carried by Sneed with murderous intent and Humphrey in mind. Sneed, who was unstable to begin with, is now convinced that Humphrey - Humph, the overweight short-order cook from the Bronx, with a taste for Hawaiian shirts and torpedo cigars - is a Mafia mobster laying low there, and one who has his - as Sneed now comes to regard it - money, and the spectators for the re-enactment find that there's an extra event on the programme.

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The Batch Magna Caper

Submitted: December 02, 2012

In this, the third novel in the Batch Magna series, a hapless gang of Birmingham crooks, led by self-styled criminal mastermind pawnbroker Harold Sneed, pull off 'the big one', a wages snatch at a factory in Shrewsbury. Two members of the gang take the money from there by train back to Birmingham, changing at Church Myddle, a station almost on the doorstep of Sir Humphrey.
And it’s there that things starts to unravel.
The money goes missing. Misunderstanding follows misunderstanding, until it leads them to Batch Hall on a day when the Hall is busy with another wheeze to help keep the estate afloat - an historical re-enactment show. And among the replica firearms is a real gun, with real bullets, carried by Sneed with murderous intent and Humphrey in mind. Sneed, who was unstable to begin with, is now convinced that Humphrey - Humph, the overweight short-order cook from the Bronx, with a taste for Hawaiian shirts and torpedo cigars - is a Mafia mobster laying low there, and one who has his - as Sneed now comes to regard it - money, and the spectators for the re-enactment find that there's an extra event on the programme.
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