Aberystwyth Mon Amour is the first Louie Knight Mystery in the Aberystwyth Noir series by Malcolm Pryce.
Aberystwyth in the 1980’s is a town overshadowed by the legacy of war (the conflict in Patagonia in 1961). Louie Knight is a private investigator living and working in Aberystwyth, where he runs Knight Errant Investigations. He is the only private investigator in the town.
Over the past couple of months, schoolboys from the town have been disappearing and are presumed dead. It isn’t until Myfanwy Montez enters his office that Louie gets involved. Myfanwy is the famous local singer who works in “Wales most notorious night club”, the Moulin Club which is run by the Druids. She wants him to find her cousin, Evans the Boot, who is one of the missing schoolboys. Even though he doesn’t take on the case, Louie nevertheless finds himself pulled into the dark, shady underworld that controls the town.
Can Louie find out what has happened to the missing boys and who is behind it? Can it really have anything to do with the sinister Welsh teacher, Lovespoon, who also happens to be the Grand Wizard of the Druids?
Set in the 1980’s, Aberystwyth Mon Amour is a colourful, entertaining tale that is especially funny if you know the small seaside town. It is a well-written original story in which the characters are colourful, and the dialogue witty. The description of the people and the places mentioned is amusing, and the plot twists come thick and fast.
I highly recommend Aberystwyth Mon Amour to fans of crime noir and sharp comedy.
I am looking forward to re-reading and reviewing the second book in the series, Last Tango in Aberystwyth.