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Well worth purchasing and am now moving on to the author's other current offering 'Solos'!
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.
Only one of the stories really hit the mark for me, being funny and clever. The rest were OK, but not very special. They all follow one format. Bourbon-Welshcakes-Case comes in-Eatery or Bar (depending on time of night)-take a girl home-next day start detecting-solve case-read about it in the newspaper.
Considering that the character says that you shouldn't believe the glamour or supposed immortality that comes with being a Private Detective, it seems we should take it as given that they seem to be living a bit too close to Groundhog Day.
Maybe I've read too much Mike Ripley (and given he's Welsh and a jazz hater, Angel would be unimpressed and run rings round him) but I was left feeling that it could have been much much better. Maybe a full length novel (and I may read it) to develop the character more might help.
In the words of another fictional detective (Lou Tennant) - it's good, but it ain't that good.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 12 months ago by Huw from Llandeilo
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 morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by thorleif
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
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 morePublished on 11 July 2013 by A. W. SHAW
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 morePublished on 1 July 2013 by John Holt
Haven't encountered AP before now - my loss! Good stories which move along; with Americo/Welsh comments sprinkled in for extra flavour (flavor?). Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by A1
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 morePublished on 15 May 2013 by karen
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 morePublished on 28 April 2013 by M Stanley