The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth
Malcolm Pryce, Bloomsbury, £9.99
Private eye Louie Knight has a monkey on his back. She’s called Cleopatra, and she wants to know what’s happened to her son. Her organ-grinder, meanwhile, needs a 100-year-old murder solving. And Myfanwy, Louie’s comatose girlfriend, has been kidnapped in a scam involving drugged raspberry ripple. Like the others in the series, this is hard-boiled, cracked, and intermittently hilarious.