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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407495674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407495675
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,941,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He is the multi award-winning author of thirty novels and ten 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'. His books have been optioned by Guillermo Del Toro ('Spanky') and Jude Law ('Psychoville'). He spent 25 years working in film.

He recently wrote 'Red Gloves', 25 new stories of unease to mark his first 25 years of writing. His memoir 'Paperboy' won the Green Carnation Award, and is being followed by a new volume, 'Film Freak', in April 2013. Other new books include the dark comedy-thriller 'Plastic' and 'Invisible Ink: The Mysterious Case Of The Disappearing Authors'.

He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One's first broadcast drama in 2005. He writes for the FT and the Independent on Sunday, 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. In the past year he has been nominated for 8 national book awards. He is the winner of the Edge Hill prize 2008 for 'Old Devil Moon', and the Last Laugh prize 2009 for 'The Victoria Vanishes'.

Christopher has achieved several pathetic schoolboy fantasies, releasing a terrible Christmas pop single, becoming a male model, writing a stage show, posing as the villain in a Batman graphic novel, running a night club, appearing in the Pan Books of Horror, and standing in for James Bond.

His short stories have appeared in Best British Mysteries, The Time Out Book Of London Short Stories, Dark Terrors, London Noir, Neon Lit, Cinema Macabre, the Mammoth Book of Horror and many others. After living in the USA and France he is now married and lives in King's Cross, London and Barcelona.

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The death of a child and what seems to be a murderous puppet make a perfect case for Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit. As John May and his team interrogate the suspects, Arthur Bryant heads into the secret world of illusions and stagecraft. As a second impossible death occurs, the detectives uncover forgotten museums and London eccentrics. The stage is set for a race against time with a surprising twist...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Mar 2014
Format: Paperback
First Sentence: The following undated document appeared on Wikileaks and is now the subject of a government investigation.

During the cast party, someone has murdered the theater owner’s infant son. The bedroom is locked from the inside and neither blood nor fingerprints are found; only the life-sized puppet of Mr. Punch, lying on the floor.

A cast of characters is always helpful, but usually not very inventive. From Page One, it is clear this will not be your usual read with your usual characters and each is fully developed and fascinating. They are not necessary all people you’d want to know, but each becomes real in your mind. The Peculiar Crimes Unit team, including their long-suffering superior Raymond Lamb, is colorful and imaginative.

You are immediately caught up in the author’s voice; his observations of the English and the wonderful wry humor…”People described Salterton as ageless in a way that wasn’t intended as a compliment. He seemed to exist somewhere between post-menopause and post-mortem.” Throughout, the author punctuates the story with simple statements of truth…”The gap between rich and poor was not just one of wealth but of accountability.” His use of language is to be savored… ”This, then, was Arthur Bryant at work, his furrowed forehead bowed beneath the yellow light of the desk lamp, a shambling Prospero residing over the desiccated pages of his literary arcane, stirring fresh knowledge into the heady stew of ideas that filled his brain.” The dialogue is excellent with some of the exchanges between Bryant and May left to flow unhampered by interruptions of so-and-so said.

The crime itself is anything but ordinary. It is, at times, gruesome.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Samuel VINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2011
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This is the author's ninth book in his Bryant & May series, and perhaps the best. The plot is as weird and wonderful as ever (I suspect that I'm not the only person who has always found Punch & Judy, the theme of the mystery, more than a little bit creepy. Add in the by now usual efforts of the powers that be to end the elderly detectives' bizarre careers, and a great twist at the end, and it all makes for a cracking read.

For people new to Bryant & May there's a Wikileaks dossier on the Peculiar Crimes Unit at the start of the book, so there's no reason for anybody not to read this. If there were any justice in the world, ten million people would be watching adaptations of Fowler's books each Monday on TV, not a certain other series involving aged detectives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cxissy on 3 Jan 2013
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Wonderful story telling with people you really care about. If you haven't read any Bryant and may stories you are in for a treat. Offbeat and cleverly written with a wealth of arcane facts thrown in. Just wonderful
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It's a sign of how enjoyable and good Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May detective series is that it got to a ninth volume, The Memory of Blood. The device of a leaked Wikipedia dossier is neatly used up front to acquaint new readers (or old readers with fading memories) with who the main characters are and their personal histories. Then it's off to the usual business of the Peculiar Crimes Unit with its future under threat, a bizarre murder and time running out.

That usual business is both enjoyable but also, I felt unlike many other reviewers, just a bit too usual.

The plot is good, but at times reads like a collection of highlights of previous volumes in the series edited together. There's another staring role for a theatre. There's another character whose life fell apart after a personal tragedy and now lives in mundane, decaying circumstances. And so on. All done well, all very familiar and a bit familiar.

I was waiting for a spark of real difference in this book or a super-clever explanation of the plots oddities but neither came. Indeed, the explanation of the locked room mystery relied a bit too much on a person behaving very strangely combined with a rather prosaic detail for my taste.

I still enjoyed the book, especially the history of Mr Punch (as in Punch & Judy) but hope the next one in the series has a little more novelty in it - if that isn't asking too much after so many volumes!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on 6 May 2012
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Christopher Fowler's ninth episode in his acclaimed Peculiar Crimes Unit novels manages, quite well, to keep his reputation (and the series) intact. In "The Memory of Blood," Fowler's detective duo of Arthur Bryant and John May unravel another mystery (a series of, yes, murders) in grand fashion.

As readers of the previous books know, the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) is a specially set up organization to handle the more "sensitive" cases, usually pertaining to high-level politicians, royals, the wealthy, or high-profile celebrities--too hot for the usual teams of Scotland Yard to handle.

In "The Memory of Blood," we find the duo once again involved with scenes from "the theatre crowd" whereby a new theatre, the New Strand, is staging "The Two Murderers." Alas and alike, art imitates life, it seems. During a cast party reception at the home of the theatre owner Robert Kramer, Kramer's baby is found, tossed out of his bedroom window, six floors below. Very dead. Lying on the floor is a life-sized puppet, Mr. Punch (of Punch and Judy). Horrific as it is, Bryant and May have a job to do. Catch the murderer. But there are a plethora of questions abounding already, not to mention a whole host of suspects: everyone at the cast party.

Clearly, of course, Fowler is in charge of his story and after a while, the case is solved. It's not so much that the case is solved in this book (or in this series) but how it is solved. Bryant is well beyond his sell by date, aging and, certainly, a bit eccentric, not only in his methods of crime fighting, but in his personal behavior as well. Rude, crude, and often simply mystifying, Bryant nevertheless is a brilliant detective. His modus operandi is offset by the more stable, logical, and level-headed May. And what a team they make.
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