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Bryant & May off the Rails

A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
Bryant & May off the Rails: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery. Bantam. Oct. 2010. c.352p. ISBN 9780553807202. $25. M
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Fowler's eighth series adventure begins where Bryant and May on the Loose left off: a budding serial killer has escaped, killing a Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) officer along the way, and elderly detectives Bryant and May have seven days to recapture the elusive Mr. Fox before their unit is permanently shut down. Mr. Fox's trail leads the team to the London Underground, where a fatal fall down a flight of stairs, a passenger's mysterious disappearance from a subway car, and a vicious tunnel attack have the PCU team pondering the haunted history of the world's oldest subway system. Could these incidents be linked to Mr. Fox, or is there a more supernatural explanation?
VERDICT 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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