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The Blues Detective [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Peters
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 138 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

Meet Otis King,...or that's the name on his office door. Maybe his original name sounded a little more Welsh, but didn't sit too well on a Blues guitarist in the city of Memphis. By day, Otis works as The Blues Detective. Pretty much every Blues related case in Memphis drifts his way sooner or later.
Enjoy Otis' adventures in bite sized chunks with your coffee, or better yet, a beer with a bourbon chaser.
Otis is a fun guy, who does his best to avoid trouble and attract blondes. Some days he succeeds more than others.
Join him as he deals with Hijacked Harmonicas, Missing Musicians, Wayward Wives and Precious Packages.

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About the Author

Born in the swamps of Glamorgan, I have wandered the world, generally with a guitar in hand. Here I am in a beautiful village in central Spain, where the sun shines, the lake is warm, the drink is cheap and the people and animals are friendly. I share my place with two gorgeous local cats, more guitars than I can count and a fridge full of wine. Oh, and I write stories. Many of them about Otis King, Memphis' Number One Welsh Blues detective. Others about Angels, murderers, failed Super-Villains and ingrowing toenails. I'd be happy if some of my stories amused you for a while.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PB1S66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in the swamps of Glamorgan, I have wandered the world, generally with a guitar in hand.

Here I am in a beautiful village in central Spain, where the sun shines, the lake is warm, the drink is cheap and the people and animals are friendly.

I share my place with two gorgeous local cats, more guitars than I can count, my outstanding collection of suits, hats & shoes and a fridge full of wine.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy done good! 2 Sept. 2012
By Ali
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're a jazz musician of a sensitive nature, look away now.

I loved the fusion of the deep south of Wales with the more traditionally recognised one of the USA. The style is very much one of 'Let me tell you a story' with loads of personality and the refreshing viewpoint of a man who selectively enjoys his favourite bits of the lifestyle he has adopted whilst seeming to go along with (most of)the rest. This all adds to the humour of these short stories as does the frequent translation of words and phrases from 'The Prince's English' for the benefit of the character's adoptive neighbours.

Why has Andrew Peters not been snapped up for the next series of Grumpy Old Men - he could certainly give Rick Wakeman a run for his money!

I thoroughly enjoyed these stories and would recommend them to anyone looking for something a bit out of the ordinary which will make them smile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suz 7 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
A book of short stories about a welsh detective living in USA. As the names states he's a blues player at night and a detective by day. The way this is written is old style and gives the reader the insight into a typical detectives office... filled with smoke (although he doesn't smoke), a bottle of liquor in the draw, frosted glass on the door.... you get the picture. The stories are written uniquely and brilliantly... with each story giving just enough information to be good,and not enough to be boring. Personally i love the style and stories as we dip into the lives of each client.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment! 6 Sept. 2012
By trot
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well I finished the Blues Detective a couple of weeks ago and I am missing Otis already! Marvellously written, with a splendid dry wit and a 'hero' who manages to be both amusing and likeable, despite his booze swilling, Welsh Cake scoffing ways!
Well worth purchasing and am now moving on to the author's other current offering 'Solos'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 3 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is hilarious. I think there is at least one laugh out loud moment on every page. It's a collection of short mysteries where a private detective, Otis King, tries to solve a few cases for random clients. Every client has a link to the Blues in some way. The stories are mostly set in Memphis. Otis is originally from Wales in the UK, and tries his best to fit in to the US lifestyle. His comments about the language differences are very funny. Unable to completely give up his Welsh roots, he still has traditional Welsh food packages sent to him by his mum and aunts. He has an interesting way of looking at life, has a love for blondes, alcohol, and of course the Blues, and an aversion to jazz musicians. You must read this book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Andrew Peter's books; he is a comedy genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly entertaining..must read 21 Sept. 2012
By essgee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Both Andrew Peters' books have sat on my TBR backlog on Kindle for a while. I started reading the first one this morning , and enjoyed it so much, then proceeded to the second one.. Two books read in one day.. They are wonderfully well crafted short stories, all with the same flavour of the Blues Detective hacking out a living in Memphis between paying gigs in the blues clubs to Private Detective work. Superbly witty writing, excellent bite sized episodes, and many turns of phrase that'll tickle the thinking man or woman's intellect. Wonderful offering, Andrew... may there be many more., Sir!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues or bust 21 Sept. 2012
By nabalie
Format:Kindle Edition
Otis King a.k.a. The Blues Detective has switched the cold, wet weather of the Valleys for the expanding waist lines of Memphis, home of the King and heart attacks on a plate. Watch him solve cases, drink bourbon and eat Welshcakes whilst procuring some lovely female company.

The Missing Musician see's a woman with "curves that would keep a math professor calculating for years" walk in with a seemingly straight forward missing husbands case but little do they know that he's turned to the dark side!

Is that a cat? No it's The Disappointed Daughter. Caught up in a turf war Otis charges big bucks and put's himself in the line of fire. Not that he has much choice

A disillusioned husband is decieved in The Stolen Strat

The Cop's Kid's Cat isn't a simple case of one in a tree or handing out flyers in the neighbourhood as it seem's there's a pussy grabbing scheme afoot, but to what end?

A piece of history is stolen in The Hijacked Harmonica's. Their precious cargo with a delicate weekly beauty regime so time is of the essence.

The Wayward Wife is not all she seem's. The husband may well be worried with her change of habits but sometimes it's for your own good.

After having done such a bang up job in The Disappointed Daughter Otis's services are once again needed in The Precious Packages. San Francisco is the destination and unfortunately a train is the mode of transportation.

There's a reason why fueds start but Otis is given the cash so The Rancorous Reunion is on the books.

Why help The Foul-Tempered Foundling? Well a down payment is always a good start and possibly the satisfaction that she came to Otis for help.

The Senior Sportswoman is fit, dignified and being black mailed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wryer than Bourbon 23 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Blues Detective is a cracking collection of short stories. Written with a jaded eye, strong voice and a cynical streak so wide it could be used as Heathrow's third runway, I found it entertaining in the extreme.

The stories are all gentle yet you get glimpse of society's underbelly. The author has chosen to keep his protagonist away from the steotypical private eye territory and instead gently pokes fun at the stereotype.

There are some genuine laugh out loud moments and the grammar and prose are everything you would expect from a former teacher.

Loved the food parcels sent across from family members and would like to see Otis King feature in a novella or novel one day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This could make great TV
Someone should make a TV series. Rhod Gilbert as the Blues Detective? I'd watch it - buy it even... Could be a tidy hit.
Published 3 days ago by Huw from Llandeilo
2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight reading, rather predictable.
Lightweight reading , rather predictable.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Otis, Otis, Otis.
I really enjoyed this. To read about Otis (wonder what his real name is, Dai?)opens your understanding that we are all different. And Otis (Dai?) certainly is different. Read more
Published 18 months ago by thorleif
3.0 out of 5 stars No more, thank you
Clever, but not my sense of humour - I found it rather tedious as I read more., though I enjoyed individual stories.
Published on 30 July 2013 by isobel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welsh Comic Genius
Andrew Peters has a turn of phrase and an narrative style which is unique. His characters are memorable, his plots unusual and the result is comic genius. Read more
Published on 11 July 2013 by A. W. SHAW
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues and Trouble
Mr Peters has a great throw away style, cleverly intermingling his Welsh (or is it Australian, or maybe French) heritage, and his obvious love and knowledge of the blues. Read more
Published on 1 July 2013 by John Holt
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising...
I have to admit, early on I found some of the one-liners laugh out loud funny. But the jokes got rather old, as each successive one was just playing on the incongruousness of a... Read more
Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Fiona Messenger
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of humour (or is it humor)
Haven't encountered AP before now - my loss! Good stories which move along; with Americo/Welsh comments sprinkled in for extra flavour (flavor?). Read more
Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by A1
5.0 out of 5 stars otis
i read loads of books usually hard and gritty.i came across this book not realising it was humour.well what can i say? the fun, laughter and gigges from reading this.... Read more
Published on 15 May 2013 by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining collection of shorts
These witty shorts concerning the adventures of Welsh blues detective, guitarist, and fish out of water in Memphis Otis King will keep you highly entertained. Read more
Published on 28 April 2013 by M Stanley
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