MYSTERY

Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Bantam. Dec. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780345547651. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780345547668. M
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In this latest series installment (after Bryant & May and the Invisible Code), the Peculiar Crimes Unit has new bosses and the staff is again under scrutiny from above. Determined to prove that they are still useful, the unit, led by the elderly Bryant and May, rush to investigate the case of a body dug up in a small London park. When one of the witnesses is later killed, the case becomes even more critical. At the same time, one of Bryant's friends asks him to help solve a mystery with potentially devastating consequences for England: the famous seven ravens are missing from the Tower of London. With plenty of detours into the hidden history of the capital, the detectives and their colleagues race to save potential victims of these new resurrection men, their unit, and maybe even their country.
VERDICT 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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