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on 6 May 2014
What a fabulous book. I love each & every one of the characters who grow & become more interesting every book. This book is as mad as the others. Facts, loose ends, mad people, cats & Brant & May..the suave & scruffy detectives. This story grabs you from page one as they always do. All I can hope is that if they ever film it I can get a part!

Keep it up Christopher. I have to go back to the beginning to read the others slooooowwwwlllllyyy in the hope Mr Fowler hurries up & writes another one PDQ!
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on 22 October 2014
I jumped here to the end of the current series but that made no difference to the excellent read, these books can be read as a stand alone or in a series. This finds the team trying to uncover a dastardly plot involving a theft of the Tower of London ravens, grizzly body snatching in the local graveyard and a sprinkling of very inventive murders on their patch. In typical Bryant and May style they set out to solve them each using their own unique skills to track their potential suspects. Along to the unit comes a hot shot new boss from the Met with ideas of grandeur to tame the team and groom them in the way of modern policing but it doesn't take long for her to realise they will take absolutely no notice of her or her fancy methods what so ever! It's filled with the usual quirky folk, brilliant deductions from the wayward Bryant and the soothing calmness of May until they resolve their current crime wave and return to the unit to tend to what's important; that being the welfare of Crippen the cat and her kitties and why "the two Dave's" have electrified the towel rail in the men's toilets, absolutely priceless, I love these novels!
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 28 April 2015
This is another (the eleventh) volume in the excellent Bryant & May series of novels about the doings of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Bryant and his colleague May are two of the long-standing members of the PCU team, and their role in policing is to investigate crimes or disturbances outside the normal remit of the London Police.

In this story, the PCU is under threat (again) of closure, with their unorthodox ways of solving crimes not being appreciated by all in the Police. With that threat looming, Raymond Land is reluctant to let Bryant and May follow their own course in their investigation of what seems like bodysnatching. Two teenagers who disturb the unearthing of a corpse soon find themselves in even deeper trouble. And the corpse who has been disturbed seems to be the subject of a rather unhealthy interest from more than one individual. What does all this have to do with the Bleeding Heart? And who stole the ravens from the Tower of London? Is this all connected? Bryant feels the weight of his own mortality, which worries his old partner May even more than the crimes they are investigating. And the other members of the PCU have their own issues to deal with.

This is a great story. The characters are wonderfully drawn by the author, who imbues even the city and streets of London with their own character, filled with their own rich history. Bryant and May are wonderfully dotty characters, and their team members all have their own idiosyncracies as well. The narrative is complex and utterly intriguing, and the book is a real page-turner from the first page to the last. I have a number of the earlier Bryant & May books to catch up with still, and I'm looking forward immensely to the other books in the series.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 September 2014
Bryant & May and The Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler is the eleventh book in the Bryant & May series and is as entertaining as ever. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is now headed by Orion Banks and comes under the jurisdiction of the City of London Police. As a woman who plays by the book in order to further her career, she is determined not to let her stint in the unit ruin her careers and opted to play safe by asking the unit members to obtain prior sanction. But can a unit that is entrusted to tackle extraordinary cases as its name suggests follow the diktat of its new chief?

Two teenagers looking for a quiet place away from prying eyes witnessed a dead man rising from his grave in London’s St. George’s Gardens. One of them, Romain Curtis, is found dead a few days later on a pavement. As the PCU investigates the case, Arthur Bryant is tasked with investigating another puzzling mystery involving seven raven which disappeared from the Tower of London. Soon Bryant and his partner John May are surrounded by dead bodies as the two seemingly different cases intertwine.

Bryant & May and The Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler is a crime mystery that is a real joy to read. Cleverly plotted with its twists and surprises all the way to the end, it is a real surprise that author Christopher Fowler has managed to write a series that is both thrilling and refreshingly enjoyable even after eleven books. Arthur Bryant and John May are truly fascinating characters, and with each book there seems to be a new dimension to their characters. Fans who have enjoyed the previous books will definitely find this latest installment another great read.
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on 9 May 2014
This is a good episode in the series, but The Water Room is better. Still the problem is you always want more. Write quickly Chris Fowler and let's have Mr. Merry try for revenge.
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on 2 December 2014
Like a 20 year old marriage reading a Bryant and May novel is like a comfortable old pair of slippers. You know and adore the characters, know that the author will keep up steady pace and you will offered a history of London. This is an excellent novel that fans will appreciate. The final chapter especially includes a warm conversation between John and Arthur that illustrates the love they have for each other. It also feature Raymond in conversation that had me laughing out loud. For my money every scene with Raymond in it, although small, steals the show. I recommend this book and complement the genius of the author.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 August 2015
This eleventh book in Christopher Fowler's series about the Peculiar Crimes Unit is as enjoyable as any of the earlier volumes. The two (very) elderly eponymous detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, are back along with their regular supporting cast.

This time they set off to investigate an apparent case of a dead man rising from his grave and the disappearance of the ravens from the Tower of London. As ever with Fowler's novels, there is a very strong London background to them, with both its geography and its history heavily featuring in the plot.

The Bleeding Heart continues the evolution of Arthur Bryant into a more conventionally eccentric character. In some previous novels he seemed to have mystical-like qualities - especially with the IT errors his presence could produce - and he also took magic and mysticism seriously. This time out his eccentricities require no supernatural abilities and he is becoming nearly as sceptical of the witches and assorted others as his long-standing partner John May always has been.

The plot twists and humour are a joy as ever, even if the caricature of modern management speak - Orion Banks, newly given responsibility for the Peculiar Crime Unit - is little different from 1,001 other similar caricatures. Bryant, May and the rest, however, are very much something out of the ordinary and their characters continue to develop in interesting ways. Although the book can be read free-standing, it is best read in sequence therefore to fully appreciate the character development and some of the cross-references.

Tim Goodman, once again, does wonders with the audio book version. He's a brilliant narrator.
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Christopher Fowler returns with another excellent book in his Bryant & May series, "The Bleeding Heart". The books are part police-procedural and part homage to the city of London and its people. Readers of the series can't help but learn from Christopher Fowler's writing, while enjoying his peculiar "take" on society.

The "PCU" (Peculiar Crimes Unit) is a red-headed step-child of the London Metropolitan Police Department. Its charge is to solve crimes that basically the more conventional police don't want to get involved in. There are ten or so cops, along with one gender-changed cat, "Crippen", who make up the PCU and they work together, using unconventional methods to solve unconventional crimes. The plot of "The Bleeding Heart", which includes suicides, hit-and-run deaths, murders by cross-bow, as well as the supposed thievery of the ravens from the Tower of London, is, in the end, less interesting than the personalities of both the criminals and the crime solvers. Of particular note are the two senior-detectives - men in their 70's and 80's - Arthur Bryant and John May. They have worked together for 40 years and their pairing has honed their instincts for solving crimes that would have baffled more conventional cops.

Christopher Fowler does such a good job at writing his "Bryant & May" series that each new book is a treat. The reader returns to old friends - Bryant and May - as well as their fellow PCU officers, in the magical city of London.
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I'm a huge fan of Christopher Fowler's books and particularly the Bryant and May detective series. What I really love about these novels are the notoriously complex plots involving things like the paranormal and black arts, but most of all it is the use of London and it's amazingly weird history that the author ensures us is based upon fact. As a recent new commuter I often think about returning to this series of books and discovering these parts of London steeped in history. The other thing I truly love are the returning characters in the series who you genuinely do care about and the inherent humour that comes with the tortoise-like ageing detective Arthur Bryant, not to forget Crippen the cat. This new novel features another fiendishly involved plot concerning people rising from the grave coupled with the theft of the ravens from the Tower of London, and the return of the dangerous nemesis of Arthur introduced in the last B&M novel. If unputdownable is a word, then it describes Fowler's latest.
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on 12 April 2014
Every time I read a Bryant & May book I feel sad that maybe poor old Arthur will be pensioned off and every time I start reading a new one I am thrilled that the Unit is still intact. Please keep them on a life support machine if they are "too old" to carry on. My life would not be the same without them.
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