The Bryant and May stories have been favorites of mine for a long time. Author Christopher Fowler seems to tie these stories in to modern life with a deft treatment that satisfies but also makes me a little wistful. The Lonely Hour spends much of its time showing us how involved people have allowed themselves to get in social media while cutting off most of their real life relationships. It's a soapbox I've been on for years now.
I found this book - number sixteen in the series - to be a little unsettling. There is real tension among the staff of The Peculiar Crimes Unit; some caused by the difficulty of getting a good handle on what is happening with the murders. This time Fowler has written the story so we know early on who the killer is but not why the victims are targeted. Something shocking happens in this story and there is no resolution given. I'm not ever a fan of a cliffhanger ending and that feeling extends to favorite authors and series too. I'm just glad that the author has included a statement in the Acknowledgement that says he will work out what's going to happen next. I hope he's been working on it already because there are a lot of loose ends that need to be gathered up. Naturally I'll be there for book #17 to see how he does it.