- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; First printing of this edition edition (29 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857500945
- ISBN-13: 978-0857500946
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood: (Bryant & May Book 9) Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
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"Excellent... plotted with wit and intelligence" (THE TIMES)
"A sense of the macabre combined with laugh-out-loud moments and eccentric characters are set against a lovingly realised London backdrop" (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
"Charming and quirky... a pleasurably intelligent read" (FINANCIAL TIMES)
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Top Customer Reviews
In the latest instalment, which is a marvellous return to the more creepy and macabre tone of some of the books, Bryant and May are asked to investigate when a theatre cast's party ends in the tragic death of the theatre owner's son. For those unfamiliar with the previous novels, Bryant and May are part of the Peculiar Crimes Unit who are called in to investigate the more outlandish and less easily explained of London's crimes. Fowler's marvellous black humour is present throughout the novel; the character's deaths are imaginative and the theories and deductions equally so!
This latest offering doesn't disappoint although, in a change from the usual run of things, it doesn't follow on from where the previous book left off and can be enjoyed on its own. Having said that, I would recommend starting the series from the beginning to really appreciate some of the back stories and understand the personalities and motivations of the main characters.
As usual, highly recommended. (Although I'd like a bit more Janice Longbright in the next instalment please!!)
At the beginning of the uncorrected proof copy is a breakdown of the purpose of the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) and the characters. It was great to see the same characters ... I knew I was going to enjoy this one too so settled down to read on Adobe Digital Edtions.
We start the story at the end ... yes, that's right, at the end. We're at a party in a Chamber of Horrors. All the guests are locked in and the PCU has until midnight to arrest the murderer. One of the guests is the murderer ...
The PCU has a fresh start in this book - as far as the premises are concerned. They are now housed in a building that several occult societies have used in the past and there are some interesting finds in the attic. The building is said to be built over a convergence of leylines. Straight away we have the esoteric connection that I've loved in the previous books. Although re-housed, the PCU still gets into a tangle with those in high places in Government who want the unit to be closed down!
There is still the banter between the team and Arthur Bryant is still his eccentric self, thinking out of the box to get results. I think the following excerpt will show the respect he feels about the niceties of society:
`Well, you're not getting results using traditional investigative methods, are you?' Bryant took out his gobstopper to see if it had changed colour, then reinserted it into his mouth. (Bear in mind Arthur is an elderly gentleman!Read more ›
For people new to Bryant & May there's a Wikileaks dossier on the Peculiar Crimes Unit at the start of the book, so there's no reason for anybody not to read this. If there were any justice in the world, ten million people would be watching adaptations of Fowler's books each Monday on TV, not a certain other series involving aged detectives.
That usual business is both enjoyable but also, I felt unlike many other reviewers, just a bit too usual.
The plot is good, but at times reads like a collection of highlights of previous volumes in the series edited together. There's another staring role for a theatre. There's another character whose life fell apart after a personal tragedy and now lives in mundane, decaying circumstances. And so on. All done well, all very familiar and a bit familiar.
I was waiting for a spark of real difference in this book or a super-clever explanation of the plots oddities but neither came. Indeed, the explanation of the locked room mystery relied a bit too much on a person behaving very strangely combined with a rather prosaic detail for my taste.
I still enjoyed the book, especially the history of Mr Punch (as in Punch & Judy) but hope the next one in the series has a little more novelty in it - if that isn't asking too much after so many volumes!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another in this good series about two geriatric detectives who still work much the same way as coppers did in the 50's.Published 11 months ago by Keith
This book on the Kindle has been a good read, well worth downloadingPublished 13 months ago by Mr. D. J. Clanchy
Excellently written series. Pity this is the last in the line. Superb read last thing at night.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a classic Bryant and May story with all the qualities fans have come to enjoy in this popular detective series. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Frank 9
This was my first Bryant and May book I've read after receiving it in the goodreads giveaway, and I really enjoyed reading it from the first chapter to the last, unlike some... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Beautiholic
Christopher Fowler does it again. Makes me laugh and smirk and smile. Keep it up, Christopher. You are fab. Should be made into a TV series.Published 17 months ago by Dereena