Internationally best-selling author Christopher Fowler dazzles audiences with his mastery of impossible-crime mysteries - and with the exploits of his beloved, odd-couple detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here, the eccentric investigators delve into London’s lore-infused subway to catch a killer.
©2010 Christopher Fowler (P)2011 W.F. Howes
“Fowler has few peers when it comes to constructing ingenious and intricate plots.” (Publishers Weekly)
If you like mysteries where almost all the essential information relevant to the crime is withheld until the very end, at which time the wily old detective gets everyone in a room and all the guilty ones readily confess and fill in all the details (a la Columbo, Poirot or Perry Mason), you'll probably like this. If not, not. There is a decent amount of clever British-style quips and banter and the narrator is ok but not exceptional.
My scoring system: 3 stars equals an ok story but forgettable and will never relisten.
Very British humor. I read "On the Loose" first as someone else suggested. It helped to understand the story of "Mr. Fox" . I have mixed feelings on the narrator, he is rather monotone however, it matches Bryant and May well. I did laugh at the run down headquarters in both books.
The plot was interesting albeit a little implausible (not that that interfered with my enjoyment of the story).
The voices were well done - not overdone. Especially liked the older characters voices.
This was a new author and series for me. I enjoyed it and look forward to trying another one. My one reservation was the - for me - overly easy villain.
"Quirky, brilliant and gripping"
The characters are eccentric and beautifully revealed and the story engaging. I love the way that it winds around, gradually developing and revealing. The pace is almost leisurely but there is still huge tension. Very skilful writing.
It's the whole fantastically detailed knowledge of the corners and history of London. The plot is Byzantine but the City is a character in itself.
The voices of the characters bring them to life far more than if I had just read the book - although I have now read several of the Bryant & May books that I had previously heard.
Just thoroughly involved - I looked forward to the next opportunity to listen so much I had to ration the time.
So good I've listened twice and will do so again.
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