Fowler, Christopher

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Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour

Fowler’s 17th installment in the series (following Hall of Mirrors) has all the idiosyncrasies and dark humor of its predecessors but stands alone well. Perfect for fans of police procedurals with nontraditional, especially older, detectives.
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Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

For fans of offbeat mysteries, Fowler's long-running series continues to offer some of the best reading; the latest entry features an array of eccentric characters, a killer conclusion in a library setting, quirky humor, witty writing, interesting side trips and expositions, and a well-ordered, intricate plot. [See Prepub Alert, 6/12/17.]
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Bryant & May: Strange Tide; A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Fowler's mysteries are really love letters to the city of London, mixing obscure historical tidbits about the city's ancient past and landmarks with eerie crimes to be solved by two of mystery's most engaging older sleuths since Miss Marple. His latest effort, though, is hampered by an overly convoluted plot and surprisingly weak character development. Still, fans will find pleasures in this sprawling, messy mystery.
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Bryant & May and the Burning Man: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Fans of the "Bryant and May" series will welcome this latest installment (after Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart) with plenty of obscure historical details mixed with outré crimes and the banter of the PCU members. Newcomers will find plenty to enjoy as well without finding the amount of details included from earlier outings overwhelming. [See Prepub Alert, 6/8/15.]
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Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Fans of the series will enjoy the continuing travails of these two long-suffering octogenerian friends and their fellow officers. Newcomers will appreciate the twists and turns of the case as well as the many details from the odd corners of one of the world's great cities. [See Prepub Alert, 6/16/14.]
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The Invisible Code: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Fowler continues his series of thoughtful and rollicking mysteries, providing twists and turns and much information about the offbeat history of one of the world's greatest cities. Newcomers to the series may struggle to catch up with the relationships among the characters, but longtime fans will be thrilled and satisfied by this latest offering.
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The Memory of Blood

With some exceptions (like the preceding Bryant & May off the Rails), this series can be read out of sequence. For newbies, Fowler amusingly includes a secret police document, released on Wikileaks, that outlines the history of the PCU and its team. Fowler's growing body of fans will snatch this one up, and readers who enjoy Golden Age-style mysteries with a spot of humor and gothic atmosphere shouldn't miss this. [A TV series is planned in the UK; Derek Jacobi is rumored to star.—Ed.]
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Bryant & May off the Rails

For Anglophiles and fans of mysteries that feature smart humor, engagingly quirky characters, and fascinating tidbits of obscure history, this is one of the most delightful series around. However, it is essential that readers read the previous book to get a clear grasp of the plot, and newbies should start with earlier titles like Full Dark House. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 5/1/10.]

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