The unthinkable has happened at London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. In the depths of winter, a member of staff has been found murdered, and everyone who works there is suddenly a suspect. But Arthur Bryant and John May, the eccentric elderly detectives who run London's strangest crime division, aren't on hand to solve the crime. They've ventured into the heart of the English countryside, only to become stranded on a desolate snowbound section of road.As the blizzard worsens, Bryant and May attempt to solve the crime long distance using only their mobile phones. Unfortunately, their situation is about to get very much worse.More
"The fair-play solution will particularly satisfy lovers of golden age mysteries. Once again, Fowler shows himself to be a master of the impossible crime tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sherlock Holmes meets Inspector Clouseau in this mordant, award-winning series in which Fowler gleefully skewers religious zealots and government officials alike." (Booklist)
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As quirky as ever
- MS P WILSON
The best double act since Poirot and Hastings
I love the Bryant and May books and this was a cracker. A roller coaster of murder, psychology and office politics and a corpse who isn't all that she seems. Add to the mix our two elderly detectives whose take on criminal investigation is a combination of common sense, lateral thinking and off the wall humour. A really unique take on detective novels - and the better for it.
The fact that the plot and the outcome always surprise you and the great characterisation of all the characters - especially Bryant and May. Despite the often gruesome murders they bring a humane and intriguing insight into crime, the people responsible and a refreshingly anarchic view of life and authority.
He is great. You totally forget there is just one voice - he brings the characters to life and you can see the action in your head - just like a film - he seems to revel in the subjects, especially Bryant whose eccentricity is brilliant conveyed by Goodman.
A very peculiar crime.....two very peculiar detectives.
In the world of detective fiction it's great to have such an original and essentially British take on what is sometimes a very formulaic genre.