I think that these books are fabulous.
The alternate world where Louie Knight is Aberystwyth's only PI is comedic, dark, surreal and hugely enjoyable.
All the regular characters are here, Sospan, Eyeore, Herod and of course, Calamity, with some new characters that I hope will pop up again, and with a new secret organisation, the Aviary, for Louie to take on.
As always, the story twists and turns, makes you cry and laugh out loud and brings you to a satisfying conclusion but still wanting to read the further adventures of Louie.
There are many reasons why I enjoy reading these, one of them, is that as a child our family holidays regularly meant a stay in Clarach Bay, so the area is very familiar (although I must have missed all the dark deeds and goings on in Aberystwyth), another is that Malcolm Pryce paints such vivid verbal pictures of the happenings with so skillfully the books are a pleasure to read.
The way the author conjures the verbal images of the scenes he describes is truely wonderful, there is a scene in the book where he describes an open air concert and, after a short rain shower, says something like (and I apologise if this is wrong, "the audiences' spectacles glistened like slices of wet cucumber on their faces.", as you read it you think (a) how surreal it seems, and (b) how vivid an image it creates.
The book is full of gems like this, they make all of the books by the author a pleasure to read.
If you have not read any of the previous novels, then you can just dive into this one as no previous knowledge of the characters is needed, but you will end up wanting to read the rest!
Excellent story telling - it is a shame that the author is not more well known.