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The Victoria Vanishes | [Christopher Fowler]

The Victoria Vanishes

One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunken lady coming out of a pub. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbingly, the pub has vanished and the street has changed. Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before - is elderly detective losing his mind? Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs and the likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient.
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Publisher's Summary

One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunken lady coming out of a pub. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbingly, the pub has vanished and the street has changed.

Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before - is elderly detective losing his mind? Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs and the likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient. But knowing who the killer is and catching him are two very different propositions.

As their new team at the Peculiar Crimes Unit goes in search of a madman, the octogenarian detectives ready themselves for the pub crawl of a lifetime, and come face to face with their own mortality...

©2008 Christopher Fowler; (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

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    Sarah BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 09-03-12
    Sarah BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great Bryant and May"
    What did you love best about The Victoria Vanishes?

    As always, the story kept me guessing to the end without witholding clues or information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bryant - he's sherlock but older and grumpier


    Which character – as performed by Tim Goodman – was your favorite?

    Bryant - Tim Goodman really makes the old man pop


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I looked for opportunities to listen to just a few more minutes, just a few more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 04-07-09
    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 04-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Dated"

    This was obviously an old story which had been 'updated' by the insertion of references to modern technology. The characters were straight out of the 1960s. I wish it had been a more honest book. The premise was interesting, but it was a character driven work and the characters only just limped over the believable line for me. An OK listen, but not one I'll go back to.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • R
    maghera, United Kingdom
    12/17/08
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    "brilliant thriller"

    This is another fantastic book about the fabulous older detectives Bryant and May.Rich characters with a plot that could rival any other.Definately among the best ever,try out the other books by Christopher Fowler.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Broadland Wanderer
    Norfolk UK
    1/15/11
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    "Why haven't they been televised?"

    This was the first of the Bryant and May series we came across. Yes, it was out of sequence but we were hooked! Christopher Fowler weaves an intriguing tale, just how can a London pub be there one day and yet totally disappeared the following day?

    The narrator, Tim Goodman, brings the characters to life, the somewhat irascible Arthur Bryant, the suave John May, both long past retirement age and at times employing methods that would never be countenanced in modern police forces!

    The Bryant & May series are a must listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catriona
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    5/3/09
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    "perhaps better for those who know the series"

    I think a large problem I had with this was that I was coming in towards the end of a series with established characters. Indeed the first few chapters deal with the wake for a character from previous books. A lot is made of the fact that he died because of a mistake a sergeant made, but we are never told what it was; presumably it was in the previous story.
    As a result I just couldn't warm to the characters. The author, through Bryant kept lecturing us, mainly about London pubs, but occasionally on other subjects. I might have found it amusing, but in fact it bored me. It wasn't helped by the fact that when an author lectures his readership he should make sure he gets other facts straight. This one twice made mistakes about the Land Registry, (where on earth did he get the impression that the Land Registry notarises documents when notaries in this country generally deal with matters for other jurisdictions?) and once about how leases operate. These wouldn't have jarred so much if he hadn't been holding himself out as so much of an expert.
    The plot itself was quite peculiar, but I think meant to appeal to those who like puzzle mysteries. Others may well like this book; I just wasn't in the mood for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
    10/12/14
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    "Great"
    Have you listened to any of Tim Goodman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, in other Bryant and May books, and I think he's great. It is always clear who is talking, and listening to him gives the book an additional dimension


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would have given this book 5 stars solely for Arthur Bryant's funeral oration - I have listened to it 4 times, and it always cracks me up!


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have enjoyed this more than the others - but perhaps I am getting used to all the characters now, which helps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
    6/24/14
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    "A good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Victoria Vanishes the most enjoyable?

    It was a well written meaty story


    What other book might you compare The Victoria Vanishes to, and why?

    Don't know, but a good mystery that kept you guessing


    Which character – as performed by Tim Goodman – was your favourite?

    Bryat and May


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, not that kind of book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JAJ
    UK
    2/21/09
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    "Detective story"

    This story did not go in the direction I expected. There was nothing supernatural about it, it is not like the Tardis in Dr Who! One of the main characters I felt was read a little too old, but the story was easy to follow and well read otherwise. The characters had their humourous side at times and the story continued to unfold to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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