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Bryant & May - The Bleeding Heart: (Bryant & May Book 11) by [Fowler, Christopher]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
Book 11 of 13 in Bryant & May (13 Book Series)
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Praise for Christopher Fowler's ingenious novels featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit
"A brilliant series."--"The Denver Post "
"Mr. Fowler's small but ardent American following deserves to get much larger. And "The Invisible Code" is a delightful introduction to his work. . . . "The Invisible Code" has immense charm, but its plotting will satisfy serious mystery fans. . . . Best of all are the two main characters, particularly Bryant, whose fine British stodginess is matched perfectly by the agility of his crime-solving mind."--"The New York Times"
"Spiced with a little screwball-comedy dialogue and a touch of the occult."--"The Washington Post"," "on" The Memory of Blood"
"Fowler, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive."--"Entertainment Weekly"
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"May and Bryant make a stellar team."--"The Wall Street Journal"
""Grumpy Old Men" does "CSI" with a twist of Dickens! Bryant and May are hilarious. I love this series."--Karen Marie Moning, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the MacKayla Lane novels
"[A] trademark mix of whimsical humor and macabre thrills."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"[Christopher] Fowler reinvents and reinvigorates the traditional police procedural.""--The Boston Globe"

Praise for "Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart"
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"Delectably droll . . . criminally underappreciated . . . guaranteed to amuse . . . [Bryant & May are] endearing throwbacks to a time when this genre was brainy and pure. They are the last of a breed and they know it. . . . Their very credibility puts quaint old Bryant & May in a class of their own."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
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"Fans of the series will enjoy the continuing travails of these two long-suffering octogenerian friends and their fellow officers. Newcomers will appreciate the twists and turns of the case as well as the many details from the odd corners of one of the world's great cities."--"Library Journal"
" "
"Endearingly eccentric . . . intriguing."--"Publishers Weekly"
Praise for Christopher Fowler's ingenious novels featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit
"A brilliant series."--"The Denver Post "
"Mr. Fowler's small but ardent American following deserves to get much larger. And "The Invisible Code" is a delightful introduction to his work. . . . "The Invisible Code" has immense charm, but its plotting will satisfy serious mystery fans. . . . Best of all are the two main characters, particularly Bryant, whose fine British stodginess is matched perfectly by the agility of his crime-solving mind."--"The New York Times"
"Spiced with a little screwball-comedy dialogue and a touch of the occult."--"The Washington Post"," "on" The Memory of Blood"
"Fowler, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive."--"Entertainment Weekly"
" "
"May and Bryant make a stellar team."--"The Wall Street Journal"
""Grumpy Old Men" does "CSI" with a twist of Dickens! Bryant and May are hilarious. I love this series."--Karen Marie Moning, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the MacKayla Lane novels
"[A] trademark mix of whimsical humor and macabre thrills."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"[Christopher] Fowler reinvents and reinvigorates the traditional police procedural.""--The Boston Globe"

"Let's talk about guilty pleasures. . . . A historic burial ground like St. George's Garden, scene of the unfortunate incident of resurrection, is right up [Arthur Bryant's] dark alley. And mine."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Delectably droll . . . criminally underappreciated . . . guaranteed to amuse . . . [Bryant & May are] endearing throwbacks to a time when this genre was brainy and pure. They are the last of a breed and they know it. . . . Their very credibility puts quaint old Bryant & May in a class of their own."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
" "
"Fans of the series will enjoy the continuing travails of these two long-suffering octogenerian friends and their fellow officers. Newcomers will appreciate the twists and turns of the case as well as the many details from the odd corners of one of the world's great cities."--"Library Journal"
" "
"Endearingly eccentric . . . intriguing."--"Publishers Weekly"
" "
"Hilarious . . . a charming and intriguing mystery mixed with marvelous characters. [Christopher] Fowler's snarky writing elevates what could be dull or routine and makes it a true joy to read."--"RT Book Reviews
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"Make "Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart" the next book you read. . . . These stories are witty, challenging, engrossing, informative and incredibly well written. . . . Picture a television series that is a rough mash-up of "Law & Order, The X-Files "and" Monty Python's Flying Circus." . . . I sensed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ed McBain and Agatha Christie nodding in approval. . . . [Fowler's] latest book contains some of his best writing."--"Bookreporter"

Let s talk about guilty pleasures. . . . A historic burial ground like St. George s Garden, scene of the unfortunate incident of resurrection, is right up [Arthur Bryant s] dark alley. And mine. Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
Delectably droll . . . criminally underappreciated . . . guaranteed to amuse . . . [Bryant & May are] endearing throwbacks to a time when this genre was brainy and pure. They are the last of a breed and they know it. . . . Their very credibility puts quaint old Bryant & May in a class of their own. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
""
Fans of the series will enjoy the continuing travails of these two long-suffering octogenerian friends and their fellow officers. Newcomers will appreciate the twists and turns of the case as well as the many details from the odd corners of one of the world s great cities. "Library Journal"
""
Endearingly eccentric . . . intriguing. "Publishers Weekly"
""
Hilarious . . . a charming and intriguing mystery mixed with marvelous characters. [Christopher] Fowler s snarky writing elevates what could be dull or routine and makes it a true joy to read. "RT Book Reviews
"
Make "Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart" the next book you read. . . . These stories are witty, challenging, engrossing, informative and incredibly well written. . . . Picture a television series that is a rough mash-up of "Law & Order, The X-Files "and" Monty Python s Flying Circus." . . . I sensed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ed McBain and Agatha Christie nodding in approval. . . . [Fowler s] latest book contains some of his best writing. "Bookreporter""

Book Description

Contemporary crime fiction's answer to Holmes and Watson or Mulder and Scully - Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate fiendish goings on in their most challenging and dangerous case yet...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H51SZO0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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