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The Memory of Blood: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery Paperback – September 3, 2013
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“[The Memory of Blood] breathes new life into the locked-room mystery. . . . spiced with a little screwball-comedy dialogue and a touch of the occult.”—The Washington Post
“Great fun.”—The Seattle Times
Praise for the ingenious novels featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit
“[Christopher] Fowler manipulates the machinery with droll wit. . . . [He’s] a master of classical form.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Fowler, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Bryant and May are hilarious. Grumpy Old Men does CSI with a twist of Dickens!”—New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning
“Eclectic, eccentric and endlessly entertaining books.”—The Seattle Times
“Fowler reinvents and reinvigorates the traditional police procedural.”—The Boston Globe
“Fowler has few peers when it comes to constructing ingenious . . . plots.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most delightful series around.”—Library Journal
“Brilliant.”—The Denver Post
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About the Author
Christopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of the award-winning Full Dark House and nine other Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries: The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, Ten Second Staircase, White Corridor, The Victoria Vanishes, Bryant & May on the Loose, Bryant & May off the Rails, The Memory of Blood, and The Invisible Code. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next Peculiar Crimes Unit novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
* original plot
* unusual older detectives
* peculiar crime unit
* humor of Arthur Bryant
* scene where Punch gets an autopsy - quite droll
* surprises in plot
One woman found the murder of a baby a tad difficult. A few thought the denouement was too hurried. One commented there were characters or situations which were left hanging. But, in sum, they were glad they read it. I recommended the book and enjoyed it. Am always happy to go to England in my mind and enjoy the company of Bryant & May.
We meet the suspects, or have we? Amidst the glamor and deceit we hear a scream and the mystery begins...who killed the baby? Punch? Can it be?
Senior Inspectors, Bryant and May are put on the case as it is highly sensitive. Because of the baby? No, because a high official's daughter is caught up in the midst of the matter. Peculiar Crimes Unit is a specialized unit detached from the Met.
This book has humor, excitement, and always puzzles to solve. I adore Bryant and May as much as I love Sherlock and Watson. I fear Mr. Fowler wants to put them to 'rest,' however, I hope very sincerely that he continues to treat us to a volume a year at the very least. I love this series.
It's almost hard to do a review because I just love the characters so much (with the possible exception of Meera who needs to just get over her anger already)and this book is no exception. If anything, I think I like Bryant even more by the end of this book. For some reason, he seemed more understandable despite his elliptical thought patterns and I really bonded with him. I wish Fowler would write faster because now I want another story to read. Maybe I'll have to read some of the older ones again. :)
I'm not doing justice to the series, but if you love wry humor, oddball historical facts, and weird characters, then you really need to take a look at these Bryant and May mysteries because they are absolutely brilliant.