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Full Dark House (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This book began a new obsession!

I have spent many weeks in London over the years, so I was prepared to like this first in a series of novels about an offbeat crime-solving team in that city. I read this novel and its sequels with my A to Z street guide in hand. While the present time focus is on a t...
I have spent many weeks in London over the years, so I was prepared to like this first in a series of novels about an offbeat crime-solving team in that city. I read this novel and its sequels with my A to Z street guide in hand. While the present time focus is on a terrorist bombing of their headquarters, or so it seems, the back story tells of the very first case the detective team of Bryant and May ever worked on together, at a theater during the Blitz in 1942. It was engrossing--both complex and inventive, but also humorous and ironic. I immediately ordered every other novel in the series, and I am now on the latest, published in November 2008,called The Victoria Vanishes. The Victoria in question is not the train station, as I had first believed, nor the express train to Brighton from that station or to and from Gatwick, but a pub named the Victoria Cross. As befits Bryant's (and Fowler's) fascination with London, we need a history of London pubs in order to solve the pub murders accurately. I hope these old guys go on forever.

posted by KKR on June 20, 2009

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Too far out

This reviewer does not understand the popular success that had made the "Peculiar Crimes" squad the success that has spawned an extensive series chronicalling their escapades. It belongs to that class of "mysteries" in which the utterly improbable blends with the absol...
This reviewer does not understand the popular success that had made the "Peculiar Crimes" squad the success that has spawned an extensive series chronicalling their escapades. It belongs to that class of "mysteries" in which the utterly improbable blends with the absolutely impossible to create a product that might better be cataloged under fantasy, albeit without the witchcraft. To properly appreciate this work one must be prepared to accept characters whose motivations would in the real world would be addressed by psychiatric attention, police procedures that might reasonably be expected to receive the earnest attention of upper management, if not the Supreme Court, and a deus ex machina ending in which a pivotal character who has spent most of the book in disembodied fragments from a bomb magically reappears as if produced with a flourish from Zeus' hat.

In the interest of full disclosure, my wife liked it. Go figure.

posted by Corner_mouse on June 13, 2009

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Great characters

    A little slow at the start but I couldn't put the book down after the first 50 or so pages. Nice character development.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Keeps you interested!

    I read books from several genres but I haven't picked up a mystery in a while. This book got me completely hooked on mysteries again! I've already bought another book from the same author to read. The appealing quality is the flashbacks to WWII era London juxtaposed with current terrorist situations in London. The similarities and differences from each era are very interesting. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

    For Corner Mouse

    Are you joking? Have you ever read a closed door mystery before. Wills Feeman Crofts, G. K Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers. Your opinion is worthless here. Let true fans of the genre weigh in before they read your sadly ignorant review.

    Mycroft

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Great start to a great series. They do get better as well.

    Great start to a great series. They do get better as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    just started this series

    Good characters and interesting plot

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Fun and entertaining

    Well put together storyline with engaging characters. Good read.

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