Search Results: "Christopher Fowler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MEMORY OF BLOOD by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 27, 2012

"Though no single element stands out, Fowler achieves a fine balance between the impossible crime, the juggling of suspects and motives, Mr. Bryant's flights of recondite erudition, the planting and decoding of clues and the obligatory plots to discredit and disband the PCU."
The Peculiar Crimes Unit (Bryant & May Off the Rails, 2010, etc.) celebrates its new digs in Caledonian Road by investigating a murder whose leading suspect is Mr. Punch, of Punch and Judy fame. Read full book review >

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BRYANT & MAY AND THE BLEEDING HEART by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not to worry: Everything is wrapped up logically, if not exactly convincingly, in the end. Sleep well, Your Majesty."
As if London didn't provide enough live citizens to worry about, the Peculiar Crimes Unit (The Invisible Code, 2013, etc.) is presented with one at least briefly returned from the dead.Read full book review >

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RED BRIDE by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"For some readers, the willing suspension of disbelief will snap before everything's tied up."
Satan and the supernatural worm their way into the British film scene via a glamorous model who vamps a hitherto straight-arrow publicist. Read full book review >

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BRYANT & MAY ON THE LOOSE by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Neither the mystery nor the solution is up to Fowler's best work. But the reunion of the PCU is cause for such joy that only the most curmudgeonly fans will quibble."
Locked out and disbanded at the end of The Victoria Vanishes (2008), London's Peculiar Crimes Unit comes back from the grave to solve yet another bizarre case. Read full book review >

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THE WATER ROOM by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2005

"Fowler's tale—humorous, engaging, at times incoherent—inundates readers with historical details, myths, subplots, and maps and then tacks on a dénouement that seems to belong to a separate novel."
During one of the rainiest years in the City's history, the decrepit leaders of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit (Full Dark House, 2004) must navigate two unofficial investigations: the death of elderly Ruth Singh and the skullduggery behind a scholar's research into London's extensive underground river system. Read full book review >

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FULL DARK HOUSE by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"Bryant and May's enduring partnership combines newfangled forensic science with old-fashioned occultism, imagination with derring-do, and a sense of mission with the devastating effects of chaos."
Bombs from the Blitz echo in an incendiary blast that takes the life of an octogenarian detective in 21st-century London: a compelling kickoff to a new series. Read full book review >

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TEN SECOND STAIRCASE by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 4, 2006

"How many locked-room puzzles can the duo unlock before their Peculiar Crimes unit is disbanded? Many more, one hopes."
Mr. Bryant and Mr. May, well beyond statutory retirement age, show no inclination to leave. Read full book review >

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THE INVISIBLE CODE by Christopher Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"Mr. Bryant and a covey of diverse experts expatiate informatively on witchcraft, code-breaking and national defense. But there's less warmth or humor or real mystery than in The Memory of Blood (2012) and other recent PCU outings."
Two cases, from different but equally unexpected quarters, emerge for the staff of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. Read full book review >

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BRYANT & MAY OFF THE RAILS by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Bryant and May don't shine as detectives, and the unguessable solution depends on some whopping coincidences. But the culprit is well drawn, the PCU staff sterling company and the encyclopedic information about the London Underground irresistible."
London's Peculiar Crimes Unit has exactly a week to solve a case that promptly blossoms into two cases. Read full book review >

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WHITE CORRIDOR by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"Fowler caps the year's most inventive and generously plotted mystery by pulling three rabbits from his hat. Eat your heart out, John Dickson Carr."
The Peculiar Crimes Unit faces its greatest challenge: discovering who killed one of its own number as the hours tick down to the PCU's certain destruction. Read full book review >

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BRYANT & MAY AND THE BURNING MAN by Christopher Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Even though the ending fizzles this time, not even Arthur Bryant's alarming behavior can dampen the 12th installment in the most joyously inventive mystery series of our time."
As riots send London into flaming chaos, the Peculiar Crimes Squad fights to solve a series of daily killings that have slipped under everyone else's radar. Read full book review >

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THE VICTORIA VANISHES by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"Learned excurses on pubs, conspiracy theories and the blood of Christ keep the pot boiling, though the answers this time aren't as satisfying as the wildly inventive questions."
The staff of the Peculiar Crimes Unit search for a killer working out of London's pubs, including a nonexistent one, while they parry the usual threats to the PCU's existence. Read full book review >