- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (22 Mar. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857523449
- ISBN-13: 978-0857523440
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bryant & May – Hall of Mirrors: (Bryant & May Book 16) Hardcover – 22 Mar 2018
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"Fowler always manages to keep things fresh, and Hall of Mirrors is no exception . . . as well written and original as ever." (CRIME FICTION LOVER)
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It is 1969. You are invited to spend the weekend at a magnificent stately home. But beware – someone is harbouring murderous thoughts . . .
Among the party guests are young detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. In disguise and out of their depth, they're protecting a whistle-blower set to turn Queen’s evidence in a massive bribery trial. And having recently experienced some ‘local difficulty’ in London, they need the weekend to go without a hitch.
It’s Arthur who comments that it could be the setting for the perfect country house murder mystery – but the Golden Age was never like this. The house’s owner – a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat – is intent on selling the estate, complete with its miniature railway and hippy encampment, to a secretive millionaire, and the weekend has barely got going before events take a horrible turn. One of the group is felled from the sky, another goes missing and there’s something grisly at the bottom of the garden. Bryant and May need help, but the army has closed all the roads and it simply won’t stop raining.
With their futures on the line, Arthur and John must go it alone. Amidst the murder, the madness and the macabre discoveries, they realise that, at the fag-end of the Swinging Sixties, the good times are drawing to close and nothing is quite what it seems...
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This time it's a little different. It is 1969, and a young(er) Bryant and May are made to look after a witness in a trial over the course of a weekend at a country house with a hippie commune in the back garden and the army on practice manoeuvres nearby. Initially there's lots of humour as we meet the lead characters in their younger days, May reeling off the language of the time and dressed in almost flower power clothes, whereas Bryant is very much his usual self.
There's a long lead-up to the first incident, but for me it was a bit of a muddle - lots of characters, many of whom didn't really seem to stand out, and the added confusion of rooms almost being treated as personalities too as they all have names. I did love the opening section, and adored the penultimate chapter where lots of links to the rest of the series are laid out, but sadly the main part of the story didn't really work for me as well as the other Bryant & May novels.
Above all else I really missed two things: London, and the rest of the staff of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Hopefully in the next books Bryant & May will be back on their home turf, and surrounded by the rest of the gang.
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