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Definitely something different in a mystery novel.,
This review is from: The Victoria Vanishes: (Bryant & May Book 6) (Paperback)
Yes, this was definitely an interesting reading experience, especially if you have a love of that great institution, the British pub. (I have to confess that, as an American, it is very easy for me to fall for the charm of English pubs - with my rose colored glasses firmly in place.) In fact there are 56 pubs mentioned in this book. I know that because Christopher Fowler was kind enough to list them in the back of the book.
The Peculiar Crimes Unit is perfectly constructed to investigate any unusual crime in London which needs the help of unconventional methods and people. When the number of women found murdered either inside or outside pubs begins to grow, Arthur Bryant and John May want their unit to be allowed to track down the killer. This story was constructed very well because the detectives had to begin with absolutely no information to connect up the clues and find who they were pointing to. The story moved all the way from a maximum security prison, the basements of pubs, the British Museum, and to a high security company doing research for the Ministry of Defense. I enjoyed it very much and especially enjoyed all the trivia and general historical information about London and London pubs. What I didn't find, however, was the laugh-out-loud humor I had been expecting from reading other reviews and the book blurbs. Maybe it was too subtle for me? I don't know. The mystery itself wasn't particularly difficult but it was well written and interesting to read about.
I do recommend this particular book and will personally try another book in the series. This one leaves our intrepid investigators very much at sixes and sevens. Since I see there is another novel following this one, it might be interesting to find out how they brought themselves back from extinction.