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The members of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit are on the case again when a dog walker is found dead. The method of the death is odd...the killer had no way in - or out - and the dog is nowhere to be seen. But the 'hows' and 'whys' of the murder are not the only mysteries, and it seems very likely that the killer is preparing to strike again.

©2017 Christopher Fowler (P)2017 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Devilishly clever." (Val McDermid, on Bryant and May: Strange Tide)
"Quirky, touching, profound and utterly original." (Peter James)

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Not your usual Parks and Gardens book

Wild Chamber, the latest Bryant and May book and as fascinating as ever in one of my favourite series. Each book can be read as a standalone but I believe for most enjoyment they are best read in order, or at least begun earlier in the series. A vast history of the Peculiar Crimes Unit and the various relationships of its' members and associates has built up over many years and adds immeasurably to the overall pleasure. Some particular comments or unexpected characters in a book as far along as number fourteen may seem strange to a new reader.

A long and complex investigation here, involving several murders, but that is what we have come to expect and it didn't disappoint. I am delighted that Arthur Bryant has survived his treatment and enjoyed the way that he uses his 'hallucinations' for some apt references from the past to help his thinking fall into place.

This time we also learned about the many London Parks and green spaces to add to the wealth of London lore we gain from every single book. It was also a warning to keep our attention drawn on the threat that real life developers are posing to these precious green spaces and our need to protect them.

Tim Goodman as always the perfect narrator, he has portrayed every single one of the many characters become old familiar friends .

Thank you, Mr Fowler,sir, you are a master craftsman and I suspect there are echoes of yourself in Arthur, although hopefully not the hoarding of food in your pockets. Long may it continue.

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Love it

I love the whole Bryant and May series. I learn some good London history while enjoying a mystery that I can't figure out until the end.

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I like this series

I like British. I like police procedurals. Combining these in the Peculiar Crimes Unit gives me the best of both. This book focuses, more than some in the series, on solving murders. The fascinating histories color the police work leading the reader to surprises. Then. quietly, the ending spells out.

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They just keep getting better.

This is my favorite detective series ever. Each character is so wonderfully developed and the character development is brought to life even more by the wonderful voices done by the narrator.every time one of these and I feel like I'm going to miss my family.

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  • Patricia
  • Lakeland, FL United States
  • 07-11-17

Murder in the park.

Another wonderful mystery with historical insight and creativity. Bryant is intellectually challenging and May a dear, dear friend whose loyalty to Bryant warms any heart.

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Not his best

Yet I still love nestling down into a good B&M ! But it was very muddled during first half but the ending delivered.

Great reader.

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Good story, but slow narration

Some parts made me laugh out loud. Narrator talked so slow I listened at 1.5X regular speed.

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A worthy, familiar entry to a favorite series.

Tim Goodman did a great job, as always. He brings the author's characters to life. While this is not one of my favorite stories, it is still quite inventive, and I certainly crave more.

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Love Bryant and May!

I hope they live forever. Such a delightful duo and team of characters. Wonderful friends

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A Balanced Relationship

I absolutely love this series and it's so hard to wait in between books! This latest addition is true to form and extremely enjoyable. The narrator is fabulous and can seamlessly go from character to another with ease. The animosity between Bryant and Rosa had me really laughing at the clever insults he threw her way. Really worth the time and money. You won't be disappointed!!

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  • Julia
  • 04-23-17

Another gem

I have fallen in love with the characters in this book and although the plot is important it is Christopher Fowler's writing that keeps me enthralled. His one liners make my laugh out loud. Arthur Bryant is marvellous but I have a real soft spot for Colin Bimsley. And the narration is perfect.

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  • Sandra Anthony
  • 07-04-17

Delightful

I'm so glad to have discovered this author and can't wait to read the rest of the series. The characters are quirky and likeable and the dialogue full of wit and interest. A whodunnit peppered with fascinating historical titbits and Anglo-Saxon eccentricities. I loved it.

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  • pixie
  • 06-27-17

first class!

some of the dialogue made me laugh out loud. Fans of Bryant and May need no encouragement to download this audio.
The usual brilliant plot and great narration by Tim Goodman...fab!

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  • Gumblina
  • 08-24-17

bdilliant

Love all the characters. cannot wait for the next book.excellent story love the narration. Wonderful

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  • Judith Bassett
  • 06-06-17

Better than ever

Just when you think that there can't be any more plots another great story appears. Please don't stop writing these wonderful books. I learn so much about London from them and want to find out more. Thankyou

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  • elisabeth
  • 05-20-17

Pronunciation

I always enjoy the Bryant and May stories but the reader's pronunciation is often incorrect .

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  • prof100
  • 05-13-17

Superb Reading

well up to standard of this series. the performance of the reader is remarkable switching voices between characters with ease. good fun.

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  • Robin
  • 05-11-17

Great characters, fascinating stories

Bryant and May continue to delight, please keep them coming. Stories are engaging , informative, well structured and constantly fascinating.

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  • GirlOnThePhone
  • 05-11-17

Excellent!!

Another fantastic adventure with the PCU. I love getting to know more and more about each character with ever new book. Tim Goodman is as outstanding as always narrating.

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  • David
  • 04-21-17

Please, Mr Fowler: just put this series to bed

I have listened read and listened to the whole Bryant and May series, and enjoyed the first half of the series - The Water Room, White Corridor etc. - but it certainly has been declining of late, and this issuing is both the longest and most interminable of them all.
The story is convoluted and confused, and the repetition of the motif 'we have one week to solve this or we'll be shut down' is just soul destroying. The chapter titles, as an aside, are beyond ridicule.
I wanted very much to enjoy this book - a distraction on a long haul flight - but found it irritating. Raymond Land portrayed as an idiot, although he is introduced in an earlier book as a forensic expert; the opportunity taken at every turn to criticize the modern economy of London.
I don't think I shall persecute myself with the inevitable next offering, and really hope this is the last.

Tim Goodman is a fine narrator, however various character voices change from book to book, hence the low review. He alone deserves a reasonable score.

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  • amanda
  • 06-10-17

Great Whodunit

Could see this as a telemovie, great characters, funny English humour, highly recommended for those who enjoy a story that's not fast paced.