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The Invisible Code (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #10)

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

The Peculiar Crimes Unit of the London Police tackles the odd cr

The Peculiar Crimes Unit of the London Police tackles the odd crime, solving them, much to the dismay of the Home Office and other branches. Pretty much a self-contained unit, the leading characters include Arthur Bryant, an intuitive detective and a relatively old thr...
The Peculiar Crimes Unit of the London Police tackles the odd crime, solving them, much to the dismay of the Home Office and other branches. Pretty much a self-contained unit, the leading characters include Arthur Bryant, an intuitive detective and a relatively old throwback to former times, pretty much untouched by modern technology, and his partner, John May, staid and logical. They all, however, act as a team.

This latest episode (it is the tenth in the series) begins when a young woman is followed by two young children playing a game, trying to identify a “witch,” and annoying her. So she leaves a park bench where she was eating her lunch and enters a church where she suddenly keels over and dies. Bryant wants to pursue the case but the chief of security at the Home office looking to eliminate the Unit forbids it. Then the chief’s wife starts acting oddly, and the chief asks Bryant and May to quietly investigate the reasons for her behavior. And one thing leads to another.

The novel is a British mystery with many a twist. To begin with, Bryant is as conversant with the occult as he is with investigative techniques. The plot is really unlike anything else this reviewer has read, combining the elements of a traditional murder mystery with, essentially, witchcraft and the supernatural. The characters are well portrayed. And the twists and turns keep the reader interested right up to the final pages.

Recommended.

posted by tedfeit0 on December 17, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

OK, but...

Yes, this is book number 10, and you can kind of follow it, but... Perhaps if I had read more of the series this would be better. It was an interesting story, but I didn't know the characters. There is too much interaction and backstory that you need to know to fully ap...
Yes, this is book number 10, and you can kind of follow it, but... Perhaps if I had read more of the series this would be better. It was an interesting story, but I didn't know the characters. There is too much interaction and backstory that you need to know to fully appreciate this story. That said, I did laugh out loud a few times.

posted by 1710680 on October 16, 2014

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    Just finished reading (yes, I am wasting my hours reading when t

    Just finished reading (yes, I am wasting my hours reading when there are perfectly good messes to clean) The Invisible Code. The Bryant and May mysteries are completely indescribable, impossible to fit into any particular genre. Let me just say that if you might enjoy books about two geriatric detectives running a police unit staffed by a group of people who are odd even for police officers (their office cat is named Crippen), who always find some supernatural element in their cases, and about whom the real protagonist is the city of London itself---well, then, I highly recommend Bryant and May. 

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Loved this book!

    Ordered this book because it sounded like a different type of a mystery story.....and it was! Enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to reading more of the Peculiar Crimes Unit stories!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Great Series

    This is #10 in a humorous, yet intriguing series. Look forward to each new book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Excellent

    If you've read any of the previous Bryant & May adventures of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, you already know that you're in for interesting plotting and characters (albeit quirky) and interesting London history. If you haven't read any of the others, then do not pass "Go", do not collect $200, just immediately buy "Full Dark House" and get started. If you don't read them in order, I think you'll miss too much.

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