"I’ll make a prediction now – Wild Chamber will be in my top five books for 2017. Bryant and May continue to be at the top of their game, and in some ways the novels are improving with age . . . there’s no author quite like Christopher Fowler, and there are no characters quite like Arthur Bryant and John May. There are a multitude of facets to Wild Chamber which make it stand out . . . Fowler is London born and bred, and his love for the city and all its eccentricities clearly comes through in the narrative. ." (CRIMEFICTIONLOVER)
"A joy to read. It's intelligent crime fiction that’s accessible to everyone." (CRIMEPIECES)
"Delightfully entertaining . . . I for one, think this is incredibly clever. Fowler richly deserves his CWA Library Award." (THE BOOKBAG)
"These books are clever, inventive and wonderfully original – and we simply can’t get enough of them. Prepare to be enchanted." (DEAD GOOD BOOKS)
From the Inside Flap
Near London Bridge Station, members of the Met’s Peculiar Crimes Unit race to catch a killer. In the dark and the rain, they unwittingly cause a bizarre accident – one that will have repercussions for them all.
One year later, a smartly dressed woman is found dead in a locked private London garden. She’s been strangled. The dog she was walking has disappeared, her husband is missing and a nanny has vanished too – so far, so typical a case for Bryant and May.
As Arthur Bryant delves into the arcane history of London’s extraordinary parks and gardens – its ‘wild chambers’ – John May and the rest of the team become mired in a national scandal. It seems likely that the killer is preparing to strike again and if the city’s open spaces are not safe, then surely they must be closed . . .
With the PCU under house arrest, only Arthur Bryant remains at large and at liberty – but can one hallucinating old codger of a policeman catch the real criminal in time?