The Water Room : Bryant & May

  • by Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by Tim Goodman
  • Series: Bryant & May
  • 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior-citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.


What the Critics Say

"Traditional mystery buffs with a taste for the offbeat will relish British author Fowler's wonderful ... contemporary whodunit." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A great place to start a wondeful series.

I fell in love with Bryant and May from first book I listened to. I got into the series by following a recommendation and picked a book a random which as it turns out wasn't the fist in the series. It didn't matter. I was hooked!

I have come back and started listening from the beginning. Having got into the characters already I found Full Dark House slightly disappointing and I would suggest this might actually be a better place to start the series. There are a couple of references to what went before in the first book before but anyone starting here won't feel like they have missed anything. In this book both characters appear fully formed and you get to know them as they are now - rather than bouncing back to an old case and the Peculiar Crimes Unit being formed. The voices, brilliantly narrated by Tim Goodman also appear more confident and seem to take the form in which they will continue.

I love the characters, in particular Bryant's blunt honesty and dry sense of humour. The story - as all of Fowlers other stories keeps you hooked, and although it gets a bit ridiculous at times with perhaps just one too many deaths and always the question that seems to run through all his books about whether the PCU be shut down you get carried along. May acts as a perfect foil for Bryant's eccentric approach. While I don't now London very well the detail behind the stories is fascinating. I thoroughly recommend the series - and if you are looking for a place to start I would (bizarrely) suggest this might be better than Book 1
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- Mike

Echoes of 'Whispers Underground'

Not that this book and the Rivers of London Trilogy are the same in terms of writing style, but the complex plot lines involving London's underground rivers, off-beat crime units in the depths of the Met and the whiff (in this case) of magic all made this book remind me strongly of the Rivers of London series - which is all about magic, basically.

Long passages in this book slightly lost me because I wasn't fully interested at times, but I think they were about building a picture of the main characters, which it vividly did. Could have been a bit shorter and still told a good tale. But I did enjoy it. Also I read them out of sequence having accidentally missed Book 1 - it didn't matter at all.

Well read. Good voices for each character, with an unhurried pace - much like the plot.

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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-10-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books