Bryant & May

23 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132 ratings

Full Dark House Publisher's Summary

In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection.

A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues to the killer’s identity, May finds his old friend’s notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returned ... with a killing vengeance.

It begins when a dancer in a risqué new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet. Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits - and beyond. For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London’s theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama. And it will take Arthur Bryant’s unorthodox techniques and John May’s dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural - a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of them ... and is ready to claim the other.

Filled with startling twists, unforgettable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Full Dark House is a witty, heartbreaking, and all-too-human thriller about the hunt for an inhuman killer.

©2003 Christopher Fowler (P)2003 W.F.Howes Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Full Dark House

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 427
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 374
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 380

    In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection. A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues, May finds his friend’s notes of their first case....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not What I Had Hoped

    • By Sara on 09-07-15

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 2

    • The Water Room

    • A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 487
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 312

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time.

    • By Cholmondeley on 10-19-09

    Regular price: $32.87

  • Book 3

    • Seventy-Seven Clocks

    • Bryant & May Mysteries
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    British sensation author Christopher Fowler pens best selling crime novels that draw readers into the investigations of Arthur Bryant and John May of Scotland Yard’s Peculiar Crimes Unit. Here, an aging attorney becomes the first victim in a series of poisonings that may be the work of a family of cultists.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Almost 4 stars, but not quite

    • By Watson H. Rhodes on 07-05-17

    Regular price: $48.99

    • Seventy-Seven Clocks

    • Bryant and May, Book 3
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    The odd couple of detection, the brilliant but cranky Arthur Bryant and John May of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit, return in a tense, atmospheric new thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end. This time the detectives are up against a series of bizarre murders that defy human understanding, and a killer no human hand may be able to stop.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • always a pleasure.

    • By Ilinca on 02-27-13

    Regular price: $20.88

  • Book 4

    • Ten-Second Staircase

    • Bryant & May Mysteries
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    An artist is found dead in a gallery with locked doors and windows. A television presenter is struck by lightning while indoors. Two seemingly impossible crimes that only Arthur Bryant and John May of the Met's Peculiar Crimes Unit might be able to solve. But Bryant has lost his nerve, and May is fighting to keep the unit from closure. Worse still, an unsolved mystery from the past has returned to haunt them...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable mystery

    • By Mary on 02-21-11

    Regular price: $20.88

  • Book 5

    • White Corridor

    • A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    The unthinkable has happened at London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. In the depths of winter, a member of staff has been found murdered, and everyone who works there is suddenly a suspect. But Arthur Bryant and John May, the eccentric elderly detectives who run London's strangest crime division, aren't on hand to solve the crime. They've ventured into the heart of the English countryside, only to become stranded on a desolate snowbound section of road.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Peculiar Crimes mystery

    • By Lynnette B. Crocker on 11-14-08

    Regular price: $20.88

  • Book 6

    • The Victoria Vanishes

    • Bryant and May, Book 6
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunken lady coming out of a pub. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbingly, the pub has vanished and the street has changed. Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before - is elderly detective losing his mind? Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs and the likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Bryant and May

    • By Sarah on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 7

    • Bryant and May On the Loose

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    Long regarded as an anachronism, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is to be disbanded. For octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May, it seems retirement is now the only option. But then a headless body is found in a freezer, and a suspicious, gigantic figure has been spotted - dressed in deerskin and sporting antlers made of knives. It looks like the PCU are back in business...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bryant and May On the Loose

    • By Laurelle C. Lo on 08-27-11

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 7.5

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  • Book 8

    • Bryant and May Off the Rails

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    Internationally best-selling author Christopher Fowler dazzles audiences with his mastery of impossible-crime mysteries - and with the exploits of his beloved, odd-couple detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here, the eccentric investigators delve into London’s lore-infused subway to catch a killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Nancy on 02-11-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Bryant and May Off the Rails

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Arthur Bryant, John May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit is on the trail of an enigma: Mr Fox. His identity is false, and his links to society are invisible. Their search takes them into the vast labyrinth of the Underground, a subterranean world full of legends and ghost stations. Edging closer to what lies beneath the city, are Bryant and May about to uncover something truly bizarre?

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  • Book 9

    • Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    The death of a child and what seems to be a murderous puppet make a perfect case for Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit. As John May and his team interrogate the suspects, Arthur Bryant heads into the secret world of illusions and stagecraft. As a second impossible death occurs, the detectives uncover forgotten museums and London eccentrics. The stage is set for a race against time with a surprising twist...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a treat - a new Bryant and May

    • By Hilary on 02-25-12

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 10

    • Bryant and May and the Invisible Code

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    Two small children - playing a game called 'Witch-Hunter' - place a curse on a young woman eating lunch in a church courtyard. An hour later the woman is found dead. Then a society photographer is stabbed to death in a nearby park and suddenly a link emerges between the two cases. As the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate, they realise that the case might not just end in disaster - it might also get everyone killed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Someone's on a witch hunt

    • By Maine Colonial 🌲 on 09-05-12

    Regular price: $17.96

  • Book 10.5

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  • Book 11

    • Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart

    • Bryant & May, Book 11
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Two teenagers see a dead man rising from his grave. And if that's not alarming enough, one of them is killed in a hit and run accident. Soon it seems death is all around and Bryant and May must confront a group of latter-day bodysnatchers. More graves are desecrated, further deaths occur, and when Bryant is blindfolded and taken to a secret society, he realises that this case is more complex than even he had imagined.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series!

    • By susan on 11-07-14

    Regular price: $21.58

    • Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart

    • A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Romain Curtis sneaks into St. George’s Gardens one evening with his date, planning to show her the stars. A centuries-old burial ground, the small, quiet park is the perfect place to be alone. Yet the night takes a chilling turn when the two teenagers spy a strange figure rising from among the tombstones: a corpse emerging from the grave. Suffice it to say that wherever there’s a dead man walking, Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit are never far behind.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration doesn't do this one any favors

    • By Sharon on 06-09-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 11.5

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  • Book 12

    • Bryant & May - The Burning Man

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and a young homeless man burns to death after being caught between rioters and the police. But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge. Arthur Bryant and John May soon find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, punishment, and the legend of Guy Fawkes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Mystery Masterpiece

    • By IceDancingKaren on 05-27-15

    Regular price: $22.27

    • Bryant & May and the Burning Man

    • By: Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    London is under siege. A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police. But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bryant & May are the reason I joined audible.

    • By TC on 03-28-16

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 12.5

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