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By: P. A. Gillis

The Great Neptune Bar Mystery

Pages: 100 Ratings: 4.7
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The village of Aberbryncraig is rocked by Dai News, the fussy owner of the newsagents and sweetshop in the High Street and vendor of the legendary Neptune Bars, and especially by his cries of anguish when he is missing some Neptune Bars and suspects they have been stolen.

Mrs Mopalot (Mrs Branywn Jenkins) is intrigued and persuades her husband, Idwall (he hates being called Mr Mopalot and no one dares do so), to discuss theories of where the Neptune Bars may be going. This causes many bedroom disasters as they debate in bed, a disaster even including a cocoa shower.

Mrs M cleans for everyone, so she is in a good position to find out information and get it deciphered. The villagers stick together as they usually do. There is romance in the air as the mystery is finally solved and celebrated at the famous Aberbryncraig summer party.

P. A. Gillis has written plays, books, short stories and poems all her life. She has two poems in an anthology, a play professionally produced, another given a rehearsed reading at a festival, and has done many performance poetry stints.

She lives in Norfolk with her husband near some of her family and the sea.

Customer Reviews
6 reviews
6 reviews
  • Jonathan Evans

    "Loved it, it’s laugh out loud throughout, irreverent and charming and full of delicious observations of human silliness."

  • Christine Whitehouse

    A satisfying and cheering book. The characterisations are delightfully eccentric, and just the right light-hearted read for the times we're living in now. I'm looking forward to reading the next Aberbryncraig mystery.

  • Dr Bob Ward

    Regard this book as a tonic for troubled times. The story is daft but such fun that you don’t care, the comedy sweeps you along. In a Welsh seaside-town the sweet shop stocks Neptune Bars. Everyone loves them, sometimes to excess, like the doctor who should know better. The owner of the shop takes intense pride in these bars, which he displays conspicuously on his counter. But he’s an obsessive, constantly checking his stock, and he realises that each day one of the precious bars goes missing, unpaid for. What’s to be done? Here Mrs Mopalot comes onto the scene. Because she cleans up for everybody, gets into all the town’s murky corners, she is well placed to find out what’s going on and feels that she must because the local policeman won’t take the matter seriously. Via some ingenious quirks of the plot, the mystery is resolved to everyone’s advantage. Among the delights of this amusing tale are the case-conferences Mrs Mopalot holds with her fond husband in bed over a late-night mug of cocoa. One looks forward to meeting these two again. The author’s witty illustrations are not seen at their best. As printed, they appear unfortunately against a background of Welsh mist.

  • Leigh Gelder

    Loved this short storey. The Mopalot detectives, funny characters, and I could definitely eat one of those Neptune chocolate bars. Can't wait for next book from the village Of Aberbryncraig. Loved it.

  • Tom Eadon

    Fun and evocative. A whole, charming world is conjured up, with the help of some delightful illustrations from the author. Eagerly anticipating the next trip to Aberbryncraig.

    Only thing that marred it slightly is that there were a few typos, which was a shame - something that will hopefully be put right in future instalments with a little light copy editing...

  • Jayne Nesbitt

    Loved reading this light hearted little book. Full of humour. Fabulous illistrations too. Well done Pennie

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