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The year is 1969, and 10 guests are about to enjoy a weekend at Tavistock Hall. The guests also include detectives Arthur Bryant and John May - undercover, in disguise and tasked with protecting Monty Hatton-Jones, a whistle-blower turning Queen’s evidence in a massive bribery trial. 

The house’s owner - a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat - is intent on selling the estate to a secretive millionaire, but the weekend has only just started when the millionaire goes missing, and murder is on the cards....

©2018 Christopher Fowler (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Best B&M book since Water Room

Best B&M book since Water Room. Incredibly amusing, heartfelt and with the excellent characters and twists of a Fowler novel.

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  • CM
  • 04-22-18

What Fun!

I am a huge fan of Bryant and May and the author Christopher Fowler. I was delighted that a new book had arrived and it did not disappoint. Set in the 60's it is a bit of an homage to Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and the like. It is set in a stately home during a house party. There is a murder and the detectives have to solve it by Monday Morning any way I can't say more but it has lots of red herrings and the plot twists and turns. It was great fun especially all the cultural references to the 60's .I really hope the author will write more about the PCU's old cases I think there is lots more to enjoy. The narrator as always is excellent he does a fantastic job here not only with Arthur and John but in this book all the upper crust characters as well.

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Wot larks!

Possibly the most brilliant and funniest of the series! The narration is perfect, as usual.

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Bryant and May—brilliant again!!

A fresh, smart and humorous rendition of the country house murder in the company of Bryant and May. Operating outside their milieu of London with all her history and complexity, they are at a disadvantage.
Their characters are consistent with their beloved older counterparts. A pleasure in any location.

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Delightful book from one of my favorite series

Two of my favorite detectives and a crew of wonderful eccentrics provide a fun read. Even those who Aren’t mystery fans should be able to enjoy it

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Slow starter. Narration is good.

Overall, not a bad story. It does drag on and one almost loses interest, but then it picks up again. If you want a long, long story and don't mind the pace, you may enjoy it.

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Always wonderful

This was a lovely detour from the regular antics of the aging duo. I do want someone to promise me that it does not mark the last account of those antics

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  • Nancy
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 04-28-18

Could listen forever.

I am always left feeling sad when I have gobbled up another Bryant and May book. I only pre-order three authors and Christopher Fowler is one of them. Tim Goodman is the wonderful narrator that brings all the characters in this series to life. Perfection. I listen to every word.

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  • Mr
  • 04-22-18

brilliant books

brilliant story lines, could not wait for this to be released. 5 stars . can't wait for the next one vicki

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  • S ROWE
  • 05-02-18

Entertaining as ever

Thoroughly enjoyed it but did guess the twist early on. Quite agree with the voices being old for the prequel but it did mean I knew the characters immediately. The narration is superb, a joy to listen to him.

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  • GirlOnThePhone
  • 04-27-18

perfect!!

Bryant and May are back. a fantastic foray into the past, retelling an old case from.tbe 60s. A typically eccentric and entertaining story.

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  • LizHigh31
  • 05-04-18

They are a matchless team!

As always a brilliant and entertaining story and narration. May they always shine and never go out!

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  • l gould
  • 04-29-18

Disappointing

Love the series but struggled with this one., not as good as his other books.

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  • T Dinn
  • 04-28-18

A bit disappointed

I have great affection for the Bryant and May stories. I have read them all, mainly on audio as Tim Goodman really gives the characters such life. I was so looking forward to this latest book but I was disappointed. I just did not take to the “prequel” format and the “voices” of the well loved characters sounded too old for their supposed ages. I also saw the solution coming very early on. Hopefully the next one will return the pair to their proper place and time!

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  • brummiedude
  • 10-09-18

Completely absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable

Another gem from Christopher Fowler, beautifully read as always by Tim Goodman. A wide cast of characters and intricate plotting make this an absolute page turner.

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  • Cy Mon
  • 10-02-18

Arthur Askey indeed !!!!

A thoroughly entertaining series of books. The author, Christopher Fowler’s vivid imagination and Tim Goldman’s superb delivery as the narrator are unmatched. The odd chuckle and sometimes outright laughter is not unusual for me when listening to the series, this coupled with some rather solemn moments makes for a well balanced piece of writing. Hopefully there will be more to come. As for Arthur Askey listen to the Hall of Mirrors book and you will find out !!!

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  • VCM
  • 09-12-18

Not one of his best

As much as I love Bryant and May - this particular story didn't quite capture my imagination and I wasn't in a hurry to finish it

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  • Gills
  • 08-19-18

Bryant and May never dissapoint.

Great as always.
Perfect narration.
Good old fashioned murder mystery only this time out of London.

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  • Mary
  • 05-19-18

slow to start

Slow at the start but in thecend it gives a good back story to Bryant and Mays genesis. One for the fans of the other books.