MYSTERY

Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Bantam. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101887066. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101887073. M
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OrangeReviewStarIn their 14th adventure (after Strange Tide) elderly detectives Bryant and May (and the other denizens of the Peculiar Crime Unit [PCU]) contend with a series of inexplicable murders in London's public parks. Not only is a murderer ruining access to public green spaces but high-level government plots are in play to close the parks to develop new profitable properties and to shut down the PCU. Engaging in the unit's arcane approach to crime solving while confounding a new German intern, the duo and their motley crew of associates race against deadlines to identify the killer and save the PCU.
VERDICT 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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