Rich Horton has reviewed “The Bicolour Spiral” in Locus, saying, “. . . an engaging story from Matthew Hughes, ”The Bicolour Spiral”, one of his stories about Erm Kaslo, an ”op” (private detective) in Hughes’ Jack Vance-derived science fantasy far-future setting. Kaslo is engaged by a woman to investigate her uncle’s murder because she is going to be tried for the crime. The murdered man was a very rich collector of a certain kind of rare alien pearl. As with many of Hughes’s mysteries, it’s entertainingly told in a decent pastiche of Vance’s style, setting up a complicated mystery and resolving it nicely, with sidetracks to describe the rather baroque society (and punishment regimen) of one of the planets in this distant future.”