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Last Tango in Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth Noir #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  935 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
To the girls who came to make it big in the town's 'What the Butler Saw' movie industry, Aberystwyth was the town of broken dreams. To Dean Morgan who taught at the Faculty of Undertaking, it was just a place to get course materials. But both worlds collide when the Dean checks into the notorious bed and breakfast ghetto and mistakenly receives a suitcase intended for a ru ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published 2004 by Bloomsbury (first published 2003)
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Amanda
Sep 17, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Gary Dicken
My second visit to Aberystwyth, after Aberystwyth Mon Amour, and it was even better than the first. Finished the book today and have already begun the next one.

It is just as fast-paced, the type of book that you pick up intending to read a few pages and end up reading a hundred before you realize it. Pryce's writing is darkly funny and endlessly inventive, yet also highly philosophical in parts,and spot on about it. The understated surreal element to the novels turns these noir gumshoe stories
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Neil
Jan 23, 2016 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Aberystwyth Noir series of books featuring Louie Knight. Whilst I thought the pacing of the plot line was better in this one, it does seem to have veered away from the Noir genre, and more into the realms of the absurd. I can understand why these books have a slight cult following, but I can't seem to get to grips with these books. These are certainly original books, but if it were not for the absurdity I am not sure that they would work. Everything seems to be stereoty ...more
Aphie
Apr 16, 2009 Aphie rated it liked it
Odd little noir fiction piece set in an alternate reality Wales (why do the oddest books always come from Wales, to be set in alternate realities?)
Sam Spade with druids, talking ventriloquist's dummies and prostitutes with hearts of gold. Good to know some old tropes don't change. :p
Jam
Jun 07, 2007 Jam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with a dark sense of humour and a love of pastiche
Twisted detective noir set in a dark version of Aberystwuth, still dealing with the ramifications of Meals on Whales taking over the underworld from the druids. Cannibalism, murder and revenge are only the start.

Definitely a good book, if not one I've felt a particular desire to reread. For me, the style was spot on, the twisted nature was good, but all that was so strong the characters, even the narrator, felt secondary to it.
John Carter McKnight
Aug 13, 2013 John Carter McKnight rated it really liked it
Definitely a sequel to _Aberystwyth Mon Amour_, building out characters, plotlines and the world from his first novel. Even funnier than the first, meticulously plotted, rich with detail, and compelling.

Pryce's touch for the absurd hasn't abated: the Druids are fighting it out with Meals on Wheels for control of organized crime; an off-season circus is a gulag for white collar workers who've given it all up to be clowns; toffee-box photos of girls in stovepipe hats are a mainstay of the local po
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Shanti
May 21, 2011 Shanti rated it liked it
The second book in Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth series. Pryce has essentially created his own genre (Welsh noir) and has a great time playing with the conventions and expectations of the noir genre, with plenty of plot twists, gags, and girls in stovepipe hats... and not much else. I enjoyed Aberystwyth, Mon AmourAberystwyth Mon Amour more, but this one is still a fun read. I think I would have preferred it if Pryce hadn't brought back so many of the characters from the first novel (clearly he wi ...more
Anastassia Dyubkova
Jan 31, 2016 Anastassia Dyubkova rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book perhaps even more than the first one as "Last Tango in Aberystwyth" seems to be more elaborate. The characters are developed a bit further and better here, and the plot is slightly less absurd but it's not bad at all. The book is still weird but its weirdness is well-developed if I may say so.
Finally Louie started to use his feet, not only his brain. He gets less help from Calamity in this book and it's great to see that he can act by himself. It was nice to see Myfanwy again
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Brian Clegg
Sep 10, 2011 Brian Clegg rated it really liked it
There is lunacy in Malcolm Pryce's noir detective books set in Aberystwyth - but it is lunacy of such genius that it is impossible not to go along with it. Here we have druids taking the place of mobsters, good time girls in traditional Welsh costume and an icecream seller who plays the role of the barman in the traditional hardbitten detective fiction.

The plot is totally bonkers... and yet it works. It is worth reading the books in order to get some background, but this is a worthy follow up to
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Craigb
Dec 04, 2011 Craigb rated it really liked it
The second book in Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth series takes place three years on from "Mon Amour". This time Louie Knight has the task of tracking down a missing university Dean and, in the course of events, gets himself tangled up with a Druid assassin and his missing suitcase, toffee apple dens, ventriloquists and "What the Butler Saw" movies.

Although it is not essential, I would recommend you read "Mon Amour" first to get a flavour of who the main characters are. There are also plenty of new
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Jordan Forster
Dec 19, 2010 Jordan Forster rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-welsh
Louie Knight returns in the second book of Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth series. Three years on from the events at the climax of Aberystwyth Mon Armour, Knight is charged with tracking down a missing university professor, who has got himself into a bit of bother with the Druids.

It is more of the same from Pryce: all the traditions of mores of Chandler's LA, but with the Monty Python twist, and set in West Wales. There are plenty of new characters who jump off the page, as well as a return of the s
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Ronald Schoedel
Mar 27, 2011 Ronald Schoedel rated it really liked it
Shelves: welsh-noir
This was a fun read. Even if you're not familiar with Wales, the make-believe version of Aberystwyth here is so over the top it makes you wonder what could be next. It's like Monty Python meets a crime noir novel. The seedy underworld of Aberystwyth is run by druid gangsters, whose ladies of the night ply their trade along the Prom, dressed in 18th century Welsh national dress of black shawls and stovepipe hats. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. This is the second novel, but since it do ...more
Teresa
If you enjoy the stories about Phillip Marlowe, or any other of the "noir" detective novels then you'll probably enjoy this series. I think this would be difficult to follow this story if you haven't already read Aberystwyth Mon Amour as so many references hark back to the events in the first novel but it's well worth reading. I loved all the references to Welsh culture but Aberystwyth is never going to look the same again.
Isabel (kittiwake)
Dec 03, 2011 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it it was amazing
The follow-up to "Aberystwyth Mon Amour".

Pretty girls from the farms beyond Talybont come to Aber to make their fortune modelling for the pictures on boxes of fudge, but end up acting in the 'what the butler saw' films and practising the oldest profession in the Druid speakeasies in the bed-and-breakfast ghetto, while the veterans of the Patagonian campaign are still haunted by their experiences in Wales' Vietnam.
Thomas Hale
May 22, 2014 Thomas Hale rated it liked it
After the great fun that the first Aberystwyth noir novel was, this was pretty disappointing. I think after the initial novelty has worn off, I'm not that big a fan of Pryce's writing, or perhaps it was just that the characters and mystery in this one never really grabbed me. There are a handful of great gags, and a couple of scenes (such as when Louie walks in on Jubal faking a suicide attempt) stuck with me, but for the most part I was underwhelmed.
Kim
Feb 06, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
I enjoyed this second book in the series and can understand the cult following however for me the books can appear to conform to some of the Welsh stereotypes which the country has been trying to shed over the past few years. There is a hint of mockery at Welsh culture which, though stated with fondness and humour only assists in perpetuating the sense of otherness of the Welsh. Won't be reading the next in the series.
Malcolm Cameron
Sep 23, 2012 Malcolm Cameron rated it really liked it
Utterly fabulous, I'm on the fifth book of the 6 Aberystwyth Loius Knight Stories and would truly recommend them, it's been years since I read books where the inventivness and brilliance of the language took my breath away. I reread whole passages because I was stunned by the use of English. Massively underrated master, with a sense of the absurd that is extraordinary. Absolutely Priceless!
Miki
Jun 12, 2011 Miki rated it liked it
I picked this up in a used bookstore a few years ago, not realizing it was the second in a series. It's a fun read - a send-up of noir detective stories. I think I missed some of the jokes from not having read the first, but it was still quite enjoyable. Memorable characters, and enough action as well as silliness to keep you turning pages.
Naomi Bray
Aug 06, 2015 Naomi Bray rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I read this as my father in law said he thought i would enjoy this. I really enjoyed the suspense of waiting to see what happened next in the story. I struggled to pronounce some of the words as i am not used to the welsh language. Would recommend this to people who enjoy crime novels. Would definitely read more by this author.
Stephen
Feb 01, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dark and funny and its like dick tracey on the mean streets of aberystwyth but really enjoyed the adventures of louie knight searching for the dean who has gone missing and louie hired to find him as he go on the clown ghetto and mets custard pie the evil clown but well woth reading if you like tongue in cheek humour with a undertone of a detective story
Greg
Dec 06, 2012 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, mystery
Malcolm Pryce is able to mix a positively silly noir satire with some absolutely cunning insight into the human condition that is rare to see in more serious fiction, or indeed in non-fiction. This second book of the Louie Knight series is a joy to read if you enjoy noir books or films with a lighthearted twist.
Jacob Chinchen
Feb 23, 2014 Jacob Chinchen rated it really liked it
So the first one didn't really grab me. The second one is much better. It's still not the levels of hilarity promised by all the quotes on the front and back covers, but it's reasonably entertaining. I do hope, though, that the recurring villains aren't too recurring because they're already starting to outstay their welcome a little bit.
Steph Robinson
Jul 03, 2011 Steph Robinson rated it liked it
I wish I had read them in order because I didn't quite get the flavour of this book until about half way through. It is oddly dark and completely fantastical. I will certainly try and read the rest at some point even if just to provide a bit more clarity on who the characters all were. Nonetheless an interesting book to read.
Trelawn
Feb 23, 2014 Trelawn rated it really liked it
Louie's latest case, a missing dean, didn't interest me much and I very nearly wrote the book off at an early stage. so glad I didn't. This book has so many twists and turns and nothing is as at it seems. I raced through the last 40 pages to see how it would unfold and I wasn't disappointed.
Malcolm
Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it really liked it
Pryce's parodic noir tales of Aberystwyth continue and Louie Knight, our hero and the town's only private eye, struggles with the nefarious world of organised crime, Druid conspiracies, and a megalomanical genius.
Sarah Churchill
Apr 22, 2013 Sarah Churchill rated it really liked it
Shelves: mid-series
A private detective story filled with puns, cliches and in-jokes from Wales. Yet, somehow, Pryce makes you look past the sillyness and it jut becomes a part of the story.

An easy-read, though I think you really need to know a little about Wales to appreciate half of it.
Paul
Aug 03, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noir fiction set in the streets of a Welsh seaside town. Yes, it really is as silly as it sounds and it's a joke that Malcolm Pryce has successfully stretched over at least three books. I will certainly be watching out for the next Louie Knight mystery.
Daphne
Jul 28, 2016 Daphne rated it liked it
Shelves: own-audio, wobble
What an odd book. Definitely pulp, noir style - absolutely full of tropes - yet still strangely original. I read the first two books in the series back to back, and I have to say I laughed and enjoyed the 2nd much more.
Laura
Aug 23, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Good and entertaining.
Paul Devall
Jan 07, 2012 Paul Devall rated it really liked it
A good read. At last the fiends from the first book are scuppered.
Neal Dench
Aug 08, 2011 Neal Dench rated it really liked it
Enjoyable follow-up to Aberystwyth Mon Amour.
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Malcolm Pryce is a British author, mostly known for his noir detective novels.

Born in Shrewsbury, England, Pryce moved at the age of nine to Aberystwyth, where he later attended Penglais Comprehensive School before leaving to do some travelling. After working in a variety of jobs. including BMW assembly-line worker in Germany, hotel washer-up, "the world's worst aluminium salesman", and deck hand
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Other Books in the Series

Aberystwyth Noir (6 books)
  • Aberystwyth Mon Amour (Aberystwyth Noir, #1)
  • The Unbearable Lightness Of Being In Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth Noir, #3)
  • Don't Cry For Me Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth Noir, #4)
  • From Aberystwyth with Love (Aberystwyth Noir, #5)
  • The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still (Aberystwyth Noir, #6)

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