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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Fowler Narrator: Tim Goodman Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunken lady coming out of a pub. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbingly, the pub has vanished and the street has changed.

Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before - is elderly detective losing his mind? Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs and the likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient. But knowing who the killer is and catching him are two very different propositions.

As their new team at the Peculiar Crimes Unit goes in search of a madman, the octogenarian detectives ready themselves for the pub crawl of a lifetime, and come face to face with their own mortality... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2014

    " Love this series. Funny & smart. I have listened to 2 - 10. Downloaded from Audible. The reader (Tim Goodman) does a brilliant job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/12/2014

    " I really like the characters in this series...wooly, professorial Arthur Bryant and dapper, sophisticated John May. I also enjoy the tidbits of British history and mythology. But the plots always leave me slightly dissatisfied. In this novel single, middle-aged women are getting killed in the middle of bustling pubs...a series of crimes that almost go unnoticed, until Arthur Bryant accidentally stumbles upon the case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Day | 2/10/2014

    " This series is incredibly erudite, very clever. If you love London, you'll love these books. They have a definite humorous touch, which I usually find quite annoying, but Fowler is a remarkable writer who makes cuteness intellectually stimulating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/9/2014

    " I love this series. I'd temporarily forgotten about it, so now I have two more to catch up on - which will be interesting to see based on how this one ended. Bryant & May are a pair of elderly dectectives who are the senior pair at the Peculiar Crimes Unit, a special police unit set up during WWII to handle sensitive and odd cases. It's wonderful British humor, and some very odd mysteries. It helps to start with the first book in the series: Full Dark House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 2/4/2014

    " i love british everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (now i have to read the other books in the series) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 1/19/2014

    " A light and fluffy murder-mystery. Hard to get into, easy to put down and unmoved to pick it back up. Characters were like-able enough but I didn't really seem to care what trials and tribulations they went through. An easy read but one I wouldn't bother with again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 1/14/2014

    " loved the story/ and now have another author for my "must read" list "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharyn | 11/8/2013

    " This appears to be the last book in the series but I am not so sure! I have only read three and this was the least ridiculous and I enjoyed it. But I won't be looking to read any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 10/5/2013

    " A fun mystery. I liked the characters and the mystery was twisty so the ending took me by surprise. I'd like to read the other books by this author about these same characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/21/2013

    " I would actually give this a 3.5. I like mysteries and this one was different from others I've read. It was a bit heavy on English pubs, but the story was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Vann | 9/4/2013

    " Can't believe I haven't read this series before. It was the perfect choice to read to prepare for my trip to London. So full of London details and the writing is superb with fascinating characters. A real find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Levine | 8/19/2013

    " Interesting folklore concerning London's pubs.Although a stand alone story better if previous volumes in this series have been read first.The murderer is discovered and eliminated with about 20% of the book remaining.The story is thus weakened but not destroyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/14/2013

    " A fun read, as usual! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 6/15/2013

    " A nice mystery that includes a nice history of the old pubs in London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Holdgate | 12/16/2012

    " What a lovely book to read it has the lot and you have to read the book is beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/14/2012

    " I do like this series but the stories can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. This one started slow and the resolution was just a bit 'out there' for me. While the "murders" were solved, it still wasn't completely clear to me how all the dots connected at the end. . .a bit too convoluted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 11/7/2012

    " All of the Christopher Fowler Bryant and May books are sheer delight. For me, at 81, I can relate strongly to the two main characters, but no matter what your age, the descriptions of London, the wild eccentricities of all the characters will resonate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breda | 12/27/2011

    " My first "Peculiar Crimes Unit" book... I enjoyed the writing and the London backdrops a lot. The story and characters were not the standout aspects of the book, but I'd be willing to try more books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/25/2011

    " Love this series and the author's informative tidbits of London history "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/4/2011

    " I feel much better now that I've closed the gap in my reading. It was a huge piece of the puzzle. Love these and can't wait for the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 4/24/2011

    " Just a good, solid mystery with interesting and likeable characters :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 3/24/2011

    " I do like this series but the stories can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. This one started slow and the resolution was just a bit 'out there' for me. While the "murders" were solved, it still wasn't completely clear to me how all the dots connected at the end. . .a bit too convoluted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 3/21/2011

    " I can't believe the PCU is closed! What a fascinating history and social history of the pubs of London and an intriguing mystery! Mr. Fowler has an amazing knack for making the incredible credible-now onto the next Bryant and May adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 3/2/2011

    " Can't believe I haven't read this series before. It was the perfect choice to read to prepare for my trip to London. So full of London details and the writing is superb with fascinating characters. A real find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/1/2011

    " Wry, unusual, with engaging characters that you grow to know and enjoy. This series does not delve deeply into occult or paranormal behavior; it dabbles, but is mostly about the interplay of humorous relations between the characters. Enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 12/2/2010

    " I thought I started with book 1...I was wrong. I liked the story but won't go back and read the past ones. Did enjoy this book for a quick light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 11/6/2010

    " I really enjoyed this "peculiar" crime story. Could be at least a 3.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 9/1/2010

    " This is my first Christopher Fowler read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Two aging British detectives and they are a hoot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 8/11/2010

    " I've loved Mystery stories all my reading life. This one was great--included a lot of England and history etc, etc. without sacrificing the actual mystery. Love the characters. I'm looking for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 7/20/2010

    " A nice mystery that includes a nice history of the old pubs in London. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He is the multi-award-winning author of thirty novels and twelve short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mystery novels. His first bestseller was Roofworld. Subsequent novels include Spanky, Disturbia, Psychoville, and Calabash. He spent many years working in film. He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One’s first broadcast drama in 2005. He writes for the Financial Times, London’s Independent, Black Static magazine, and many others. His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed Menz Insana. His short story “The Master Builder” became a feature film entitled Through the Eyes of a Killer, starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. He is the winner of the Edge Hill Prize and the Last Laugh Award. After living in the USA and France, he is now married and lives in King’s Cross, London, and Barcelona, Spain.