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3.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 5 3.41 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Fowler Narrator: Tim Goodman Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior-citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi Ross | 2/17/2014

    " I liked The Water Room. Seemed confusing at the start but everything came together in a rather surprising way! Love the 2 main characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/13/2014

    " I hadn't quite finished this book the day it was due back to the library so I ended up sitting in the car park listening to the lat disc. Even though I did not like the voice of the narrator, and at times he seemed to get his characters muddled up, plus it reminded me very much of a tv series called New Tricks I did enjoy the story. I liked the setting and found the history fascinating. I was impressed how quickly they managed to get around London though, I could never get from place to place that quickly when I lived there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/3/2014

    " What I love about these detectives is that I can't predict where the story or the characters are going. As promised, they are peculiar, though they solve some heavy-duty crime. I'm glad I found a new series to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/18/2014

    " Another in the Bryant & May series. Lots of fun again with the elderly, past-their-prime detectives. Lots of humour and some genuinely gripping moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/15/2014

    " I realized it was a reread, but I understood the workings of Bryant and May better having read "Off the Rails". I also followed the twisty plots in this one better once I knew what to look for. I do like the way the underground rivers of London feature in this story. There's so much I don't know about htis old, old city. And by comparison, American cities are mere infants. At any rate, I really like the relationships between the Peculiar Crime Units members and the friendship of Bryant and May. And while it's a great story, I'd start somewhere else in the series before taking on this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 1/6/2014

    " Disappointing mystery that concerns hidden murals and underground rivers in London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/29/2013

    " I listened to the audio version read by Tim Goodman who is an excellent narrator. If not for him, I am not sure I would have finished this book as it seemed to meander along when I was in the mood for something of a faster pace. However, I am glad I finished the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/29/2013

    " c2004. Another great read. Its almost like a grown up Scooby Doo where all the scary bits have an eventual rational explanation. The build up of the atmosphere, the details (both obscure and well known) of London and the humour - is just terrific. "Kallie glanced back at the little terraced house, its interior darkened, its brickwork retreating from sight under cover of rainfall, as if the property was disassociating itself from her palpable distress." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/7/2013

    " While I really enjoy the overall stories involved in this book, it started really slowly and was hard to really get into until about 80 pages or so in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 11/16/2013

    " What a fun read! One part Horace Rumpole, one part Adam Dalgliesh, and one part Miss Lemmon. I will probably read more from this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Marks | 11/12/2013

    " Good mystery with compelling characters and an interesting plot. I could have done with a few maps of London and the Thames, which the author assumed that the reader knew well. However, I looked up the information and read on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 11/6/2013

    " I absolutely love this series. So wry and smart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay DeVine | 10/10/2013

    " Another good book in the "Brant and May" series. The Peculiar Crimes Unit deals with off beat crimes in offbeat ways. I enjoyed that so many details about the history/geography of London are made part of the story. This was a fun book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 6/8/2013

    " 3.5. Slow start. Great finish!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RevCC Coltrain | 1/8/2013

    " This series by Christopher Fowler is lots of fun -- quirky detectives, exciting denouements, funny details. Definitely worth your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 12/18/2012

    " Oddly addictive book about 2 elderly detectives from the peculiar crimes squad. Lots of information about the lost rivers of London.I would recommend if you like very detailed , slightly unusual stories, but not for those who prefer fast moving or violent crime fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/1/2012

    " Bryant & May in the 21st century - brilliant setup and you just don't see the finale coming. It is GREAT and makes you want to explore all the nooks and crannies of London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fortunesfool | 11/10/2012

    " More gothic fun from Bryant and May. As always, Fowler handles humour and horror with great ease. Two thumbs up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hey_jude | 8/27/2012

    " Didn't like this one as much as the others. It was just weird and a tad creepy/uncomfortable to read. I haven't lost hope though, I'm going to try his other books in this series. Bryant and May are fantastic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 7/15/2012

    " This book contained so much drizzle, chilly rain, seeping water, mud, and damp basements that it made me want to curl up with a fuzzy blanket in front of a fire. Great atmosphere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alsjem | 2/29/2012

    " I enjoyed this more than the first book in the series. I particularly enjoyed the links with London underworld and missing art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/7/2012

    " These are such fun reads. English history, bizarre crimes, and great characters all conspire for a delightfully odd series that is equally delightful to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/12/2011

    " Intense, creepy atmosphere. Great plot and good main characters. What raises this mystery to the level of five stars for me is its portrayal of London and the way it sneaks in a lot of historical detail without detracting from the pacing of the story or the plot in any way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 8/10/2011

    " A good mystery. The main characters are two old London dudes who work in the Peculiar Crime Unit. Very fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RevCC | 6/27/2011

    " This series by Christopher Fowler is lots of fun -- quirky detectives, exciting denouements, funny details. Definitely worth your time.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 3/21/2011

    " Bryant & May in the 21st century - brilliant setup and you just don't see the finale coming. It is GREAT and makes you want to explore all the nooks and crannies of London. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 2/12/2011

    " I'm sorry, but I was so bored with it that I stopped about 100 pages in. I just couldn't get into it. Sorry Christopher Fowler, but this is just one person's opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/26/2011

    " I enjoyed the plot line of this book, but it is the forced contemplation of what it means to grow old, particularly when you are mentally young but physically aging, that is the real message of this book. I don't know if that was intentional or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charise | 1/20/2011

    " When I first started this book I was excited because I thought it was going to be a 'smart' mystery. And I guess it was, but it was also waaaaaay to convoluted for me. I can't decide if I'm going to try another one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/2/2010

    " I was disapointed. The pace is slow, the descriptions long, and the end is disapointingly ordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RuthAlice | 11/4/2010

    " This is slightly grimmer than the first in the series or, more accurately, I find the crime more disturbing. I still enjoy Bryant & May, the lead characters, and the many supporting characters in the Peculiar Crimes unit and think this could develop into a great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 10/22/2010

    " Very enjoyable mix of London history and geography and two elderly police sleuths, one a colorful somewhat befuddled octogenarian. This is my first Fowler and I definitely want to try more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 10/17/2010

    " London apparently is built over many rivers that are tributaries of the Thames, many of them forgotten, the Fleet, the Tyburn etc. Growing up in London i was never aware of this fact, probably as they are rarely spoken about, subterranean and directed through concrete. Fascinating nevertheless! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 10/4/2010

    " The plot of this one didn't really speak to me as much as the first, but that's my own personal taste. The characters of Bryant and May, however, I love. I look forward to reading the next one in the series! "

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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.