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From Aberystwyth with Love Paperback – 5 Apr 2010
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'Malcolm Pryce is the king of Welsh noir and he dishes up a dastardly mix of gothic comedy where Edgar Allen Poe meets Phoenix Nights in a flurry of blood-stained absurdity' Sunday Telegraph 'Effortless and hilarious ... Pryce is in a league of his own' Time Out 'Inventive, funny and dark, Pryce packs more style into a sentence than most authors could hope for in volumes' Big Issue 'You'll weep and laugh on the same page. Wonderful' Guardian
About the Author
Malcolm Pryce was born in the UK and has spent much of his life working and travelling abroad. He has been, at various times, a BMW assembly-line worker, a hotel washer-up, a deck hand on a yacht sailing the South Seas, an advertising copywriter and the world's worst aluminium salesman. In 1998 he gave up his day job and booked a passage on a banana boat bound for South America in order to write Aberystwyth Mon Amour. He spent the next seven years living in Bangkok, where he wrote three more novels in the series, Last Tango in Aberystwyth, The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth and Don't Cry for Me Aberystwyth. In 2007 he moved back to the UK and now lives in Oxford.
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The book begins with a visit from a mysterious Russian, "Uncle Vanya", who asks Louie to investigate the disappearance of a little Welsh Girl, Gethsemane Walters. She vanished from a long since reservoir-drowned Welsh village 30 years ago, and her spirit seems to have possessed Vanya's little daughter Ninotchka shortly afterwards with tragic consequences. Before he can solve the case Louie must learn the dark arts of the spinning-wheel salesman, deal with dangerous snuff philatelists, drink a lot of vodka, and visit a castle in Transylvania, his only payment for the case being one of Yuri Gagarin's socks!
Readers who found Don't Cry For Me Aberystwyth too dark will probably enjoy this more, as "From Aberystwyth from Love" opens with a somewhat lighter touch and I found myself laughing more than I usually do at Louie's adventures. This book has an almost entirely new cast of villains (Mrs Llantrisant, Brainbocs and Patagonian veterans are never mentioned), though along the way we will learn of a surprising connection between Clip and a Soviet space mission.
Although I picked up on more of the pastiche elements of the story than I have with the earlier episodes I continue to be very impressed by just how good a writer Malcolm Pryce actually is: he reminds me of a comedy pianist who is more than good enough to be a genuine musician but who is afraid to take himself too seriously. Some of the descriptions are wonderfully evocative and Louie's philosophical/religious musings continue to be very thought-provoking.
I hope there are many more Louie Knight books to come - this one has really livened up the series.
I bought another in the series at the same time and one day will give it a go but not for a while. So Mr Pryce to sum up, I think your idea is great, I think you write well, with care and a sense of passion and fun. Your book was well edited. I am content to have paid you for your two novels. I hope the next that I read is better and more focussed and makes up for the disappointment of this.
So if you enjoyed Douglas Adams (god bless him) and if you like Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde - buy this and add Malcolm Pryce to your list of favourite authors. I got this when it was on offer for my Kindle, but would gladly have paid more for it, and probably will get more in the series. I didn't stop reading until I'd finished. I did almost lose the plot, so to speak, just over half way through, but managed to regain my stride when I looked sideways enough.
The story begins in Aberystwyth, as you might guess, with private eye Louis Knight where we meet the seaside donkey man - Eeyore (o yes) and Louis's sidekick, Calamity Jane, but we see adventure in the ice cream kiosk, on the pier, in the drowned village, on the train to Shrewsbury, with the Slaughterhouse Mob and with Rock Typographers (who they?)
What more could you ask for, and that's even before we get to the Orient Express and Transylvania enroute to even more exotic places, but I won't spoil the story for you.
It's my fault for not reading all the other reviews here properly before buying this book. In order to really enjoy it, you must like surreal dark mysteries. And I don't at all. I'm okay with the kind of magic and fantasy you'd get in the wonderful Colin Cotterill series set in Laos or the Discworld series. This however is another cup of tea completely and more suited to someone who'd read Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And I'd thoroughly recommend The Paris Enigma by Pablo de Santis for more on this genre, albeit without the humour which even I found funny.
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