Full Dark House

By Christopher Fowler,

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When a bomb devastates the office of London's most unusual police unit and claims the life of its oldest detective, Arthur Bryant, his surviving partner John May searches for clues to the bomber's identity. His search takes him back to the day the detectives first met as young men in…

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Another series. I really enjoy getting to know characters and look forward to watching them develop over the time that I read about them. Bryant and May are so very unusual. Quirky, and a little bit mad, it has to be said, as are the whole of the Peculiar Crime Unit. The back stories are expertly woven into the narrative and the detail and relating of little-known facts about London are absolutely fascinating. Again I have read the whole series, though as these two elderly detectives grow older and more frail I found them harder to read, but this book…

Arthur Bryant and John May might not be ‘amateur’ sleuths, but they are oddballs, assigned to the Peculiar Crimes Unit, an offshoot of the Metropolitan Police set up to deal with crimes of a sensitive and possibly inflammatory nature. In this first book, Bryant and May are young men and the Blitz of London’s West End is the setting, but in subsequent books in the series the pair are in their 80s and still using all the tricks they know to solve their cases, be it consulting mediums and white witches, perusing the most obscure of books or delving into…

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