Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

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Bryant and May’s resourceful exploits take British mysteries to new heights, ingenuity a byword for their originality. The two elderly English detectives complement each other. Bryant, in his grungy clothes pocketing unwrapped candy and sardine sandwiches, is questionably a hundred percent ‘compos mentis.’ May, slightly younger and still bashfully womanizing, personifies elegance. As members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU), a fictional adjunct to London police services, the team tackles seemingly unsolvable murders. In The Lonely Hour, a group of women set up their nighttime bat-watching group in the woods, and one member is disturbed by an eerie assassination taking place nearby. The victim is left surrounded by misleading clues. More macabre murders ensue. And Bryant, though well over 80 years old, is again on the ready for a new challenge.

The latest in a distinctive series is a gem with May’s investigative skills drawing on his recondite book collection, a white witch, and some undeniably shady eccentrics. Forensic evidence allows the other team members, and the readers, a chance to try their hand at solving the crimes.

The characters, the humor, and the ingenious plot are highly engaging. To compare Christopher Fowler with those mystery writers who favor red herrings or sadism is akin to setting whipping cream alongside skim milk; this is a heady diet indeed.

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Author Christopher Fowler
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 448 pages
Publisher Bantam
Publish Date 2019-12-03
ISBN 9780525485827 Buy this Book
Issue February 2020
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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