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The Thames is London's most important yet neglected artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no one can understand how she came to be drowned there. That's only part of the problem. Bryant's deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case. To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgment that knocks him out of action.

In an adventure that's as twisting as the river, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when it's over?

©2016 Christopher Fowler (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"Devilishly clever." (Val McDermid)

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for English History fans

The Peculiar Crimes Unit of the London Met is always a favorite of mine. I did enjoy English History/Lit so this book is a fine slow read of modern murder and ancient ritual. Not the usual who done it but a mystery deserving it's own shelf.

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Welcome back Bryant and May!

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The boys are back and are most welcome! Thank you Christopher Fowler for creating these wonderful characters and thank you Tim Goodman for bringing them to life. Having left Arthur Bryant last time on a bridge over the Thames, it is fitting that this story’s journey through the labyrinth of London is on that very river, coursing through the heart of the city. The plot is full of the usual twists with seemingly unconnected bits slowly being fitted together. In this one, the plot didn’t quite grab me quite as much as in past books but to be honest it isn’t the intricate plotting as good as it is that draws me to this series - it’s the characters and their interactions, the feeling and the humor, and what I learn about London and many arcane subjects. There are some interesting developments for the characters in this book and Fowler has managed to deal with the situation remaining from the last book in a very clever way. I am always entertained and enlightened by a Bryant and May book and this one is no exception. Bryant and May are delightful. More please.

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Wonderful series

Would you consider the audio edition of Bryant & May - Strange Tide to be better than the print version?

Don't know as I haven't read any of them.

What did you like best about this story?

The interplay between the characters as it is in each book of the series.

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

Bryant, as always.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You won't know until the end.<br/>

Any additional comments?

I love this entire series and think the narrator, Tim Goodman, does a wonderful job. In most mysteries the "perp" is easily figured out but not in this series.

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Incredible! You will live what happens!

I rarely read books but I would give this much more than five stars if I could!
The mystery will keep you guessing he won't see it coming! And the way they handled the situation with Arthur is just great the best of everything with this one you will love it!

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  • Nancy
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 09-17-16

Strange Tide - Bryant & May

Another great by Christopher Fowler. Hate for these books to come to the end. Thank you so much for the insights to Dickens, for the LOL lines so perfectly placed and for a good mystery. Thanks to Tim Goodman for another perfect performance. Guess I will have to re-listen from book one until a new book comes out.

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 01-05-17

Not what I ordered!

I was listening to this and a discussion about social media and other 21st century things happen. I was not that invested to start again or give it another try.

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  • Gary Hart
  • 04-16-16

Maintaining a consistently high standard.

This is the thirteenth outing for Chris Fowler's octogenarian detectives. With other authors the plots and characters would be running dry by now, but Mr. Fowler goes from strength to strength. The detective are developing as characters and keeping abreast of their escapades is like keeping up with a member of your family. The rest of the PCU staff are like fond friends. I originally came into the series at book 6. Before I had reached half way I had to stop, buy all those before it and start from scratch. Now I buy every book as soon as it comes out and am never disappointed. I really cannot recommend these books enough, try them, you'll be hooked as well.

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  • Stevieo
  • 08-27-16

Love, Love, Love this series

If you could sum up Bryant & May - Strange Tide in three words, what would they be?

Mesmeric, amusing, engrossing

Have you listened to any of Tim Goodman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Ive listened to all of the books in the B&M series & I've enjoyed them all the same. <br/>Tim Goodman really is fabulous. Having listened to many other audio books it makes you appreciate just what a difference a narrator such as he makes...just how much they add to the listening experience

Any additional comments?

I've listened to 100's of audio books over the years. The Bryant & May books rank as my number one. It's been said before but I think they would make a fantastic TV series

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  • Flower fan
  • 08-07-16

Narration at its et

I think this narrator is first class. A good narrator makes an excellent story come alive. Sadly there are some bad ones who make you stop listening but happily this isn't one of them.
A cracking story from Mr Fowler that makes you wish he could write faster so I don't have to wait for the next Bryant & May.

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  • angie
  • 07-10-16

Enjoyable, detective romp through London.

A quirky double act. History, humour, flowing and twisting like the Thames. Splendid narration and characterisation. Learnt a lot and laughed a lot too !

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  • C. Brooks
  • 06-16-16

He can't pronounce De Beauvoir

I laughed out loud at this mishap. I live locally and it's Beau pronounced French style like bow, not bee. I didn't recognise it from the description, but this aside I liked the story and the performance.

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  • michelle
  • 04-13-16

Good to have them back

As always Bryant and May never disappoint and this book is as good as the previous. Christopher Fowler weaves a magnificent tale taking in lots of London trivia alongside a good old detective yarn. It's great to have the duo back along with the rest of the PCU and a good if somewhat strange resolution to Mr Bryant's mental capacity. I don't want to give too much away but it is very neatly done. The murders are gruesome and unusual as always, but the denouement is worth the wait. Go on enjoy yourself and listen to the great Tim Goodman read he will forever be Bryant and May long may they continue.

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  • Sue
  • 04-08-16

Best Yet.

I don't know who to praise first, Christopher Fowler for creating these wonderful characters or Tim Goodman for bringing them to life!
Marvelous story.
Laughed out proud many times, mostly when Raymondo was involved oddly.
I love Bryant and May.
Thank you for another wonderful episode.

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  • Barbara Jarvis
  • 01-23-17

Bryant and May

I have listened to the whole series and have throughly enjoyed all the books. The writing is excellent and Tim Goodman brings them to life perfectly. I can imagine all the characters and see them as they go about their peculiar work.

I am now having to wait for the next book which I hope will also be narrated by Tim Goodman.

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  • K. P. Clark
  • 04-29-17

Gave up - too pompous

What would have made Bryant & May - Strange Tide better?

A better story that didn't appear to be written for an afternoon play by the local amdram society.

What was most disappointing about Christopher Fowler’s story?

Just didn't engage me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Goodman’s performances?

I don't think it was his fault, so yes.

What character would you cut from Bryant & May - Strange Tide?

All of them

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  • Rosie
  • 02-18-17

fantastic

I loved this book as I did all these others. please please keep them coming. I won't ever get enough of these two characters.