Last Tango in Aberystwyth, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


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 ruthless druid assassin.

Soon he is running for his life, lost in a dark labyrinth of druid speakeasies and toffee apple dens, where every spinning wheel tells the story of a broken heart, and where the Dean's own heart is hopelessly in thrall to a porn star known as Judy Juice.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781408800669

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This is the second of Pryce's pastiche's of the noir detective novel that I've read, and it was just as entertaining as the first. If you've not come across him before, you'll need to know that he takes the style and plot devices of mid-20th century hard-boiled American detective fiction and transplants it to late 20th-century Wales; more specifically, to Aberystwyth and it's immediate environs.It's intended to be for humorous effect and it broadly succeeds. These books don't demand much of you but are easy reading that raises many smiles along the way.Gangs control the seaside rock concessions, dingy dives are sometimes scandalously open after 9pm, and our detective has the traditional troubled relationship with the forces of law and order as well as those of ordered unlawfulness. The Druids run the speakeasies, the troubled drown their sorrows in toffee-apple dens, and young girls hope to find fame but end up in the 'What the Butler Saw' movies. There's a femme fatale, a murky crime from the past, a mysterious stranger or two and many people with secrets to encounter along the way. You don't need to know more - if you like the sound of all this, read it. You won't be disappointed.