Two seemingly impossible crimes that only Arthur Bryant and John May of the Met's Peculiar Crimes Unit might be able to solve. But Bryant has lost his nerve, and May is fighting to keep the unit from closure. Worse still, an unsolved mystery from the past has returned to haunt them.
©2006 Christopher Fowler/Defiant Films; (P)2007 WF Howes Ltd
"This fourth Bryant and May novel delivers a delirious blend of black humor and suspense." (Booklist)
"This fine effort places Fowler in the first rank of contemporary mystery writers." (Publishers Weekly)
This is the third book I've listened to about the Peculiar Crimes Unit. There was just a bit too much history in this one, but apart from that it was compelling and I had to listen whenever I could to get to the end. I like the way the books are related and follow on from each other, and have become fond of the characters. The narrator is very good.
What a delightful series this is by Christopher Fowler, and Tim Goodman is an inspired narrator. The aging Peculiar Crimes Unit detectives embark upon yet another arcane mystery, and Fowler sprinkles their progress with fascinating trivia about London history, as usual. The plot of this installment moves a little slowly and meanders a bit, but that is in keeping with the elderly protagonists and may have been cleverly intentional. They begin with investigating a murder that appears to be impossible and their progress is, as always, an interesting combination of May's logic and Bryant's deductive intuition. The PCU is finally slated for true termination and the eccentric group is challenged to come up with solutions rather quickly. I enjoyed every minute of this book and will happily proceed to the next one, which is downloading as I write this review. Thank you, Mr. Fowler and Mr. Goodman. You are a terrific team.
I didn't love this but I didn't hate it either. The main characters are somewhat unbelievable and the plot is very convoluted. I never felt that I really wanted to finish it but I kept listening. Not for everyone.
I like this series, and this book is as good as the rest. The problem is that it has no chapter breaks. So if you are six hours into it and lose your place, you get sent back to the beginning. It's utterly crazy-making.
Having enjoyed many books from Audible this title left me cold.
The blurb seemed interesting but I just couldn't get in to the story at all and found the narrator became increasingly annoying (partly my own fault for not checking out the preview).
Still that said, out of 40 plus downloads this has been the only one that hasn't lived up to expectations, so not a bad average really!
Tim Goodman produces excellent character voices but he frequently mispronounces words, which is very irritating.
"Crime writing with a twist"
I have now listened to all the Bryant and May on Audible and have enjoyed them thoroughly. The 'added bonus' of the historical material, plus the quirky characters and slightly strange plots, and the humour, make them always a good listen.
After the 4th book or so its true some of the characters and their lines can seem a teensy repetitive - but the plots are always different . . .
and the author can be excused having to re-introduce characters for new readers.
The only crime writing I would read thats set in the modern day!!
"More of the same"
The premise behind the story is great, though its ending has the air of “with a bound, they were free”. As ever, there is a range of characters and suspects, which are well-drawn and not stereotypical. It’s also impossible to feel comfortable – not necessarily a bad thing given the topic of murder. This is no cosy Agatha Christie world.
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