The Detective Branch: A Pyke Novel (Pyke Mysteries) Paperback – 17 Feb 2011
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Dramatically sketching the dark Victorian underbelly of London, Pepper creates a perfect sense of atmosphere and place as he ratchets up the tension in this satisfying thriller. (CATHOLIC HERALD)
A quality slice of Victorian crime (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)
Pyke joins the newly formed Detective Branch of the Metropolitan police in a tale of corruption and murder set in the dangerous backstreets of 19th-century London...See all Product Description
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Except for the first half of this book he was dangerously close to calm and sensible. 'Detective Branch' finds Pyke leading a team of policemen in a hunt to solve a triple murder. So his normal maverick style is curbed. For a while at least.
However events which I will not go into for spoiling reasons soon lead Pyke on to his more familiar and volatile path. As a result the book gathers momentum and interest! I don't know how Pepper will approach further stories but for me Pyke is at his best when he is sitting outside the pack, unloved and self loathing with nothing to lose but his burning sense of injustice and outrage.
However having said that the interplay between the detectives under him and Pyke's relationship with them was an interesting side story. Pyke's home situation doesn't get any better either. His relationship with his son is strained, his relationships with his neighbours downright hostile and even his newly bought pigs are causing him problems!
But that's what I love about Pyke he is a glorious screw up who despite his many character flaws always comes through and gets the job done but God help anyone who stands in his way!
In summary a little slower and less visceral than we are used to, but still a worthwhile read with some truly loathsome villains.
Never having read one of Andrew Pepper's books before, I didn't know what to expect, but the opening words of this excellent book had me gripped right from the start. It paints a vivid portrait of the seamier side of mid 19th century London; the descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells stay with you long after you've read the book - which I did in one sitting as I couldn't put it down!
The plot starts out quite simply as a whodunnit, gradually getting more intricate as the whytheydunnit comes into play. There are enough red herrings to satisfy without overly confusing the issue, and a finely crafted conspiracy. The characters are well-drawn and believable. By the final chapter everything falls neatly - and satisfyingly - into place, with a suitably open ending to allow for another Pyke novel.
The book is also very well written and proofed, although that's only to be expected from a lecturer in English!
I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes mysteries, police procedurals, historical novels, conspiracies, good use of language, correct grammar and books of a decent length (372pp). I'm now going to read all of Pepper's earlier books - it's a joy to discover a new author!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was interesting, compelling and an unexpected end of storyPublished 2 months ago by Siriismack
I have just started to read this book, which arrived a while ago on time. It is a strange story so far, but no doubt I will enjoy reading it.Published 8 months ago by C. F. E. Boldero
It took me a little while to get into The Detective Branch. I think it was because there was a lot of work going on to move things into place, provide sufficient backstory, and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rob Kitchin
The best Pyke novel so far, with a good plot spoiled only by the implausibility of the scene in the Guildhall towards the end of the novel. Read morePublished 14 months ago by 'Fountain Pen'
This was purchased so long ago I am unable to remember by who or for whom but everything must have been OKPublished on 19 Dec. 2013 by purplelady
I love to follow the antics of the main character Pyke and will miss him when I read the last book of the series next. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by Catherine L. Vickers