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Unplug the phone and ignore the front door....it's the new Christopher Fowler
on 7 July 2008
I do admit that this review might be slightly biased as Christopher Fowler is one of my favourite authors. This is the latest and concluding instalment of the Bryant and May series. Although you don't have to have read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, reading them will give you a better understanding of the role of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, the characters and previous investigations which are referenced throughout the novel.
This time Bryant and May decide to investigate a spate of killings that are taking place in some of London's most historic pubs. A mysterious man with a wine-mark on his face is targeting middle aged women and murdering them using a lethal injection. As you'd expect, the plot is good, the characterisation is fabulous and Arthur Bryant is up to his usual tricks. As this is the end of the series, I was also incredibly impressed that Fowler didn't fall into the usual trap of tying up every loose end and leaving some room for the reader's imagination.
As with other books by Christopher Fowler, expect the usual humour and lightness of touch, as well as a wealth of information and unknown facts about London. I can't wait to see what he'll come up with next (CF - if you're reading this, could we have something else featuring the Insomnia Squad please?!)
As usual, highly recommended.