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The Blues Detective by [Peters, Andrew]
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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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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 Welshman in Memphis. And like a previous reviewer, I don't understand how someone can love Blues that much, yet hate Jazz that much as well - sorry, boyo, you sure have a weird musical taste!

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.
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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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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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