Arthur Bryant and John May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit are London’s craftiest and bravest detectives—and there’s no better pair to solve the city’s most confounding crimes. In this riveting eBook collection of mystery short stories, available together for the first time, Christopher Fowler takes Bryant and May on a series of twisting adventures and brings readers behind the scenes of his beloved novels.
Includes a preview of Christopher Fowler’s new Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery, Bryant & May and the Burning Man!
In “Bryant & May in the Field,” a woman is found with her throat slashed in a snowy park, yet the killer managed to escape without leaving any footprints. In “Bryant & May and the Nameless Woman,” a businessman drowns in the pool of a posh club, and the only suspect is a young woman who remains almost too calm during questioning. And in “Bryant & May Ahoy!” the pair go on holiday on a friend’s yacht in Turkey, but Bryant realizes there’s something fishy about their fellow passengers. From London’s grandest mansions to its darkest corners, from the Christmas department of Selfridges to a sinister traveling sideshow, there’s no scene too strange for the Peculiar Crimes Unit and the indefatigable detectives at its helm.
Praise for Christopher Fowler’s ingenious novels featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit
“A brilliant series.”—The Denver Post
“Fowler, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Eclectic, eccentric and endlessly entertaining books.”—The Seattle Times
“Fowler’s small but ardent American following deserves to get much larger.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“A rough mash-up of Law & Order, The X-Files, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus . . . These stories are witty, challenging, engrossing, informative and incredibly well-written.”—Bookreporter
“May and Bryant make a stellar team.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Fowler reinvents and reinvigorates the traditional police procedural.”—The Boston Globe
“Grumpy Old Men does CSI with a twist of Dickens! Bryant and May are hilarious. I love this series.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning
Fans of Fowler's 12 Bryant and May novels (Full Dark House, etc.) will welcome this highly entertaining collection of short stories featuring senior detectives Arthur Bryant and John May of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. Fowler is a fan of golden-age crime fiction, and it shows. Readers will find homicides occurring in locked rooms, bizarre murder weapons, and even stranger villains. The duo is unabashedly old, but that only means that in addition to creaking knees they have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Many of the selections are set at or around Christmas. In "Bryant and May and the Secret Santa," readers get a sly (and very funny) view of a department store Santa-land. "Bryant and May and the Bells of Westminster" is set in swinging 1969 London, with models in minis and politicians with roving hands. "Bryant & May and the Seven Points" takes readers inside a traveling freak show for some very creepy doings. This is a book for lovers of London, wit, and crimes that stretch the imagination.