. According to twelve-year-old Luke Tripp, the killer was a cape-clad highwayman atop a black stallion. As the tabloids look to make a quick bundle on “highwayman fever, april, the Knights Templars, find themselves sorting out a case involving an unlikely combination of artistic rivalries, ” Bryant and May, along with the newest member of the Unit, May’s agoraphobic granddaughter, sleazy sex affairs, and street gang feuds.
As implausible as the boy’s story sounds, bryant and May take it seriously when “The Highwayman” is spotted again, striking a dramatic pose at the scene of his next outlandish murder. The peculiar crimes unit is one murder away from being closed down for good–and that murder could be their own. It’s a crime tailor-made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit: a controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation.
Ten Second Staircase: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - To do it, witchcraft, including myth, and the psychogeographic history of the city’s “monsters, they’re going to have to use every orthodox–and unorthodox–means at their disposal, ” past and present. And if one unsolvable crime weren’t enough, this case has disturbing links to a decades-old killing spree that nearly destroyed the partnership of Bryant and May once before…and may again.
Seventy-Seven Clocks: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - Art vandalism, an exploding suspect, Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, rat poison, pornography, secret societies…and not a single suspect in sight. An outbreak of increasingly bizarre crimes has hit London—and, fittingly, come to the attention of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Then a guest at the exclusive Savoy Hotel is fatally bitten by what appears to be a marshland snake.
This time bryant and may are up against a series of bizarre murders that defy human understanding—and a killer no human hand may be able to stop. A mysterious stranger in outlandish Edwardian garb defaces a painting in the National Gallery. Detectives john may and arthur bryant may have finally met their match, and this time they’re really working against the clock….
Seventy-Seven Clocks: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - The killer they’re chasing has a dark history, a habit of staying hidden, and time itself on his side. The odd couple of detection—the brilliant but cranky detectives of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit—return in a tense, atmospheric new thriller that keeps you guessing until the final page.
The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - A lost funeral urn, the eighteenth-century mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, the secret history of pubs, the Knights Templars, and the discovery of an astounding religious relic may be enough to convince one of the pair to take back his resignation letter. It’s a case tailor-made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
Now, with the public on the verge of panic and their superiors determined to shut the PCU down for good, Detectives Bryant and May must rise to the occasion in defense of two great English traditions—the pub and the Peculiar Crimes Unit. That’s easier said than done. But with bryant consulting a memory specialist and May encountering a brush with mortality, do the Peculiar Crimes Unit’s two living legends have enough life left to stop a murderous conspiracy…and a deadly cupid targeting one of their own.
The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - Indeed, this case is littered with clues that defy everything the veteran detectives know about the habits of serial killers, the methodology of crime, and the odds of making an arrest. A lonely hearts killer is targeting middle-aged women at some of England’s most well-known pubs—including one torn down eighty years ago.
What’s more, arthur bryant happened to see one of the victims only moments before her death at the pub that doesn’t exist.
White Corridor: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - For among the line of snowed-in vehicles, a killer is on the prowl, a beautiful woman is on the run from a man who seeks either redemption or another victim, and an innocent child is caught in the middle. Weaving together two electrifying cases, white corridor is an unforgettable triumph—by turns hilarious and harrowing—as two of detective fiction’s most marvelous characters confront one of human nature’s darkest mysteries: the ability to deceive, deny, and destroy.
From using crackpot psychics to cutting-edge forensics, Arthur Bryant and John May are famous for their maddeningly unorthodox approach to solving crimes that the ordinary police cannot. And to make matters worse, the unit has been shut down for a forced “vacation” and Bryant and May are stuck in a van miles away in the Dartmoor countryside during a freak snowstorm on their way to a convention of psychics.
White Corridor: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - Now, with sergeant janice longbright in charge at headquarters, Bryant and May must crack the case by cell phone while trying to stop a second murder without freezing to death. Now christopher fowler, “a new master of the classical detective story, ”* brings back crime detection’s oddest—and oldest—couple to solve the ultimate locked room mystery.
It’s an “impossible” crime—a member of the Peculiar Crimes Unit killed inside a locked autopsy room populated only by the dead and to which only four PCU members had a key.
Bryant & May on the Loose: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - While bryant takes to his bed, and his esoteric books, his bathrobe, the rest of the team takes to the streets looking for new careers—until one of them stumbles upon a gruesome murder. Now the unit is back for an encore performance—in a rented office with no computer network, no legal authority, and a broken toilet.
It’s the kind of case that Bryant and May live to solve. They’ve got until the end of the week to solve a mystery with links to gangland crime, and a half-man, the 2012 London Olympics, half-stag creature that’s carrying off young women. After years of defying the odds and infuriating their superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have finally crossed the line.
Bryant & May on the Loose: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - And it could be the one that finally kills them. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May off the Rails. The peculiar crimes Unit is no more—disbanded, finished, kaput.
The Memory of Blood: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - Now the indomitable duo of arthur bryant and john May, along with the rest of their quirky team, return to solve a confounding case with dark ties to the British theater and a killer who may mean curtains for all involved. For the crew of the new strand theatre, the play The Two Murderers seems less performance than prophecy when a cast party ends in the shocking death of the theater owner’s son.
Spiced with a little screwball-comedy dialogue and a touch of the occult. The washington Post “Great fun. The seattle Times. Christopher fowler’s acclaimed Peculiar Crimes Unit novels crackle with sly wit, lively suspense, and twists as chilling as London’s fog. Everyone at the party is a suspect, and the assistant stage manager, including the corrupt producer, the rakish male lead, the dour set designer, who is the wild daughter of a prominent government official.
The Memory of Blood: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - . The crime scene is most unusual, even for Bryant and May. It’s this last fact that threatens the peculiar Crimes Unit’s investigation, as the government’s Home Office, wary of the team’s eccentric methods, seeks to throw them off the case. In a locked bedroom without any trace of fingerprints or blood, the only sign of disturbance is a gruesome life-size puppet of Mr.
. Delving into the history of the london theater and the disturbing origins of Punch and Judy, the detectives race to find the maniacal killer before he reaches his even deadlier final act.
The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - Linking them all is an evil lurking in London’s vast and forgotten underground river system—a killer with the eerie ability to strike anywhere, anytime, without leaving a clue. Traditional mystery buffs with a taste for the offbeat will relish British author Fowler's wonderful second contemporary whodunit featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit and its elderly odd couple, Arthur Bryant and John May.
Publishers weekly starred reviewhow can an elderly recluse drown in a chair in her otherwise dry basement? That’s what John May and Arthur Bryant of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit set out to discover in a city rife with shady real estate developers, dodgy academicians, racist threats, and someone dangerously obsessed with Egyptian mythology.
The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - It’s a subterranean case of secrets, and multiple murder that defies not only the law, lies, but reason itself. The real thrill here is the delightful duo in the starring roles, two fresh and unusual characters who manage to breathe new life into an established genre in which it’s getting harder and harder to find anything genuinely fresh.
Booklist “Humorous, engaging. Kirkus Reviews. Can bryant and may bring a killer to the surface and stop the dark tide of murder before it pulls them under, too?“A clever twist on the traditional police procedural.
Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - And as the body count spikes and more coffins are unearthed, they will have to dig deep to catch a killer and finally lay these cases to rest. George’s gardens one evening with his date, planning to show her the stars. Fowler’s latest book contains some of his best writing. Bookreporter. Christopher fowler’s snarky writing elevates what could be dull or routine and makes it a true joy to read.
Rt book reviews“make bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart the next book you read. As the pcu investigates the sighting, a second urgent matter requires their unusual brand of problem-solving. George’s garden, scene of the unfortunate incident of resurrection, is right up Arthur Bryant’s dark alley. A charming and intriguing mystery mixed with marvelous characters.
Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - And mine. Marilyn stasio, the new york Times Book Review “Delectably droll. Soon bryant and may find themselves immersed in london’s darkest lore, from Victorian-era body snatchers, to the grisly myth behind Bleeding Heart Yard, to arcane black magic, a courtyard long associated with murder.
The Invisible Code: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - If you haven’t indulged you are really missing out. Fowler creates a fine blend of vivid descriptions,. Quick thinking and artful understatement. When a young woman is found dead in the pews of St. When a second bizarre death reveals a surprising link between the two women’s cases, Bryant and May set off on a trail of clues from the notorious Bedlam hospital to historic Bletchley Park.
. And as they are drawn into a world of encrypted codes and symbols, concealed rooms and high-society clubs, they must work quickly to catch a killer who lurks even closer than they think. Oskar’s wife, sabira, has been acting strangely for weeks—succumbing to violent mood swings, claiming an evil presence is bringing her harm—and Oskar wants the PCU to find out why.
The Invisible Code: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - He’s giving us two for the price of one here. Lee child. Wonderful, gently humorous stuff, so clever. The bookseller “A brilliant series of impossible crime novels. The denver post “grumpy old men does CSI with a twist of Dickens! Bryant and May are hilarious.
Bryant & May off the Rails: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - The peculiar crimes Unit knows only this: Somehow Mr. As the city blithely goes about its way, as tales of ghost stations and Underground legends emerge, Bryant and May, men of opposite methods, are each getting closer to what lies hidden at the heart of London’s celebrated Tube—and to the madness that is driving their man to murder.
Sophisticated, fast-paced, bryant & may off the Rails is Christopher Fowler dead on track and at the height of his power to beguile, bewitch, and confounding until its final twist, and entertain. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Christopher Fowler's The Memory of Blood. Praise for bryant & may off the rails“Life always seems livelier whenever Arthur Bryant and John May are on a case.
Bryant & May off the Rails: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - The new york times book review “Fowler, sly, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, and always unexpectedly inventive. Entertainment Weekly. A search of his home yields no clues. Christopher fowler’s peculiar Crimes Unit novels have been hailed for their originality, suspense, and unforgettable characters.
. Now arthur bryant, john may, and their team of proud eccentrics have been given only one week to hunt down a murderer they’ve already caught once—and who is now luring them down into the darkest shadows of the London Underground. The young man they seek is an enigma.
Bryant & May and the Burning Man: A Peculiar Crimes Unit MysteryBantam #ad - Fowler’s tale is a rich mix of laugh-out-loud lines, acerbic wit, obscure British history and a wonderfully puzzling story. May discovers the latest victim has ties to the troubled bank, and Bryant refuses to believe this is mere coincidence. Complex and funny. Rt book reviews “a fascinating investigation with lots of false leads and a plethora of historical factoids.
Mystery Scene. This book is definitely a standalone novel that keeps the reader absorbed in the story, and will make everyone want to go back and read them all. Suspenseful, smart, and wickedly funny, Bryant & May and the Burning Man is a brilliantly crafted mystery from the beloved Christopher Fowler. Praise for bryant & may and the Burning Man “Fabulously unorthodox.
Bryant & May and the Burning Man: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #ad - Is this an act of protest gone terribly wrong? Or a devious, premeditated murder? Their investigation heats up when a second victim is reported dead in similar fiery circumstances. The mystery is fascinating and readers will definitely want to know what happens next. Finely plotted.