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The Lonely Hour

Bryant & May, Book 16
Narrated by: Tim Goodman
Series: Bryant & May, Book 16
Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
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There's method in the madness of a murderer who strikes in the night's darkest hour.... 

On a rainy winter night outside a nightclub in London, four strangers meet for the first time at 4:00 a.m. A few weeks later a body is found inside a willow tree on Hampstead Heath. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. 

When another victim seemingly commits suicide, it becomes clear that in the London night is a killer who knows what people fear most. As they explore a night city where all the normal rules are upended, Bryant and May are drawn deeper into a case that involves murder, arson, kidnap, blackmail, bats and the psychological effects of loneliness on Londoners. It's a trail that takes them from the poorest part of the East End to the wealthiest homes in North London - an investigation that can only end in tragedy.... 

©2019 Christopher Fowler (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Don’t let it be over

Wonderful as usual. I feel like I’ve lost part of my family. But somehow there was hope.

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So splendid!! the BEST Bryant & May novel yet! Bravo!! bravo!! More please, Mr Fowler!!

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  • Nancy
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 03-26-19

Excellent

Almost wrote a spoiler but caught myself in time. I will say I am shocked and need to know when the next one will be released. Please do not make me wait to long, I won’t be able to sleep!!!
To take my mind off of it I will listen to the entire series again. Yes they are that good.

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Excellent as Ever, but sadder

There is an elegiac quality to this one, not only with Bryant and May's friendship but with all the other characters as well, but that to my mind only enriched it. Still very funny and brilliantly written. Love Fowler.

Bring them back!

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Love the peculiar crimes guys!

I feel like I know the team. Bryant and May are the best duo ever!

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  • Sue
  • 03-27-19

Couldn't stop listening. Excellent.

This new tale follows on the present day timeline, with our heroes facing up to several deaths. Bryant handles things with his usual tactlessness, May makes a huge mistake, and I go off him a bit.
I'm a huge fan of this series, desperately waiting on each new episode, always reluctant to finish, never disappointed. This one certainly didn't disappoint.
We discover the crime backwards, with our heroes, as the story unfolds, which was interesting. It was almost cinematic in the way scenes were set. I was in there with them.
The humour is sharp but the tears flow too. The characters are so well drawn they barely need a touch to keep them spinning. One reverts to who we always knew them to be. Raymond is his usual useless self but you want to give him a hug.
I love them all. I loved this book.
What on earth do I do now while I wait for the next one?
Christopher Fowler writes prose. His paragraphs are crafted things of beauty.

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  • Shelagh Harvey
  • 03-29-19

Bryant and May.............may they live for ever!

I was astonished and delighted that Mr Fowler had not buried our two old detectives.
What can I say, they are all back in form, allowing the reader to laugh with old friends.
I don't care what the story is about because the joy of listening to Bryant's antics and May's eternal patience is a pleasure in itself.
I will now just hope that Mr Fowler, who probably enjoys writing these stories as we love reading them, will not try again to send them off in a scene of twilight sadness, and just let nature take it's course! Thank you Mr Fowler, you have given me some more hours of enjoyment with your last book. Please don't stop!

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  • Julie
  • 03-28-19

Bliss

What can I say? it's Bryant and May. If i was on a desert island and had to choose a series of books well say no more. Cliffhanger ending, please Chistopher don't make us wait too long!

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  • Mr
  • 03-25-19

Brilliant 5 star

Brilliant as all these Bryant and May Books are , story stunning full of London information with a great storyline to the very last chapter can’t wait for the next one
I have read every one my favourite author thank you for a great book

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  • strider
  • 09-23-19

Excellent as always.

To readers like me each new Bryant and May is the return of old friends. The series is steadily approaching 20. This book is fascinating. Complex as always and clever both in the story and the diverse elements along the road to the solution. There are strong characterisations and a core of mostly lovable individuals. I really enjoyed it but sadly I don't think the next one is written yet.

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  • Sue
  • 06-05-19

Another cracker from Christopher Fowler

I don't think any of these books have disappointed me, and this is no exception. Great story, wonderful reader.

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  • J
  • 05-19-19

One of the best Bryant&May books

I love this story which at first appears to echo the earlier ones with all the funny bits, all the historical bits about London. May getting annoyed with Bryant doing his own things. Then suddenly things change and a curve ball of emotions and tension makes the story richer, deeper and more gripping. With an unexpected twist in the ending leaving me wanting more.

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  • GirlOnThePhone
  • 05-16-19

Excellently written.

As always an absolute pleasure to lose myself in. I've listened to all the Bryant and May books many times over and will again.. Another book full of the characters I love so much, the dialogue that often has me laughing out loud and the intricately woven story that keeps me wondering and always entertained. I'm not going to go on about specific plot points, if you know these people and the magnificent eclectic PCU so buy it and enjoy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-03-19

Another winner

Chrisopher' Fowler's Bryant and May is another brilliant story with a cliff hanger this time.
To be honest, when l first heard Tim Goodman narrating these brilliant stories it left me a bit cold but now l can not think of any one else who could do such a good job.
Why have Bryant and May not been picked up and made into a tv series. It baffles me, as thier stories are good crime novels that stand alone and are made all the more interesting by Bryant (Christopher Fowler) and his social history knowledge, not to mention all the other wonderful colourful characters that fill the narrative.
l look forward to hopefully another book and hope that these old codgers are never put into retirement.
Thankyou Christopher Fowler for another great read.

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  • Susan G
  • 05-02-19

another hit for Chris Fowler.

Well narrated and typical Bryant and May basic story line but with lovely twists .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-19

A treat for the ears

Absolutely loved it, always a pleasure to read or listen to. A joy from start to finish.