Long regarded as an anachronism, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is to be disbanded. For octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May, it seems retirement is now the only option. But then a headless body is found in a freezer, and a suspicious, gigantic figure has been spotted - dressed in deerskin and sporting antlers made of knives. It looks like the PCU are back in business...
©2009 Christopher Fowler (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd
I love the PCU books but think that this is the weakest of the lot, unfortunately. The various elements of the story don't seem to gel as well and the closure of the Mr. Fox storyline was a bit anticlimactic. As usual, however, Tim Goodman's narration is wonderful and adds great life to all the characters. Note that the "Publisher's Summary" is incorrect and describes "Bryant and May Off the Rails" (the previous book in the series) and not "Bryant and May on the Loose."
All the political bureaucracy about the admin side of the PCU is distracting from the mystery. I fast forwarded through about an hour of this book. The story has a very hard and dark ending. I love the narration
"Bryant and May Addict!"
Came across Bryant and May when one of the titles was on offer on Audible. So entertaining, great stories they are a classic double act, fast paced and great background information on London threaded throughout. Now i'm completely hooked and am working my way through from book two onwards, it's a shame Book 1 isn't on Audible. Tim Goodman's narration is outstanding, great character voices and he gets it right with the accents and is very consistent.
"What a gem"
Came across this by accident and am so pleased, I'm ignoring family and chores until I get to the end. The characters and narration are brilliant. Story may be a bit far fetched but I am enjoying the historical details and occasional laugh out loud humour. Can't wait to get the rest.
I've heard it said that you either love or hate Bryant and May. I love all of the episodes that I have listened to. I intend to get the entire collection.
"Top form Bryant & May"
Aged detectives and a Peculiar Crimes Unit? Utter nonsense in modern London. But the crime story is far from nonsense with splendid characterisations and, after many weird and wonderful distractions and ruminations, ultimately logical and satisfying.
"Excellent and as weird as ever"
These two detectives are a breath of fresh air in the world of crime novels. Bryant's character is particularly well drawn and Tim Goodman catches it to perfection. The background to Fowler's books are fascinating and the history of London really comes alive while the plots unravel.
"Gripping story with quirky characters"
Christopher Fowler doesn't disappoint .. I was hooked from the begining You will enjoy if you like crime fiction interlinked with humorous characters!
"Clever mix of history and fiction"
Interesting as well as clever.
Distinctive variety of characters. Fascinating historical facts . Now when I visit London I often see it from a different perspective.
The narrator has the right voice for the main characters of Bryant and May. However the rest of the characters, especially the younger ones are made to sound like characters from a children's book, instead of the flawed adults that they are.
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