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The Victoria Vanishes (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #6)

The Victoria Vanishes (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #6)

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by Christopher Fowler

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Murder doesn’t get more peculiar than this. A lonely hearts killer is targeting middle-aged women at some of England’s most well-known pubs. What’s even more peculiar, Arthur Bryant happened to see the latest victim only moments before her death—at a pub torn down eighty years ago! It’s only the beginning of a

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Victoria Vanishes (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #6) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Midwest-doc More than 1 year ago
Since I discovered the Peculiar Crimes Unit series in the summer of 2013, I've been savoring them one by one. "The Victoria Vanishes" is the best so far. Historic pubs of London provide the perfect backdrop for a double mystery. The plots are tighter and easier to follow. Mr. Fowler greatly improves our understanding of his characters' quirks, backgrounds and personalities. As usual, London is the real star of the show. Its history is the backdrop of most of his stories. The author also has an obvious love of language. But even with a background in Latin and Greek, I am grateful for my e-reader's dictionary! (Oh how I wish it were the OED instead of Webster!) Resist the any urge to read this one first. Go back and take your time walking through the history and getting to know the denizens of the PCU first
harstan More than 1 year ago
In popular London pubs, middle age women simply collapse and die. Initially there is no evidence of foul play; especially as all the witnesses insist nothing happened except the woman dropping dead and pathologist Oswald Finch recently died so no follow-up occurred.

Everything changes when Peculiar Crimes Unit senior detective Arthur Bryant claims he was with victim Carol Wynley just before she died outside the Victoria Cross; an edifice torn down over eight decades ago in 1925. Since the elderly sleuth misplaced Finch¿s urn containing his last remains, everyone even his partner Senior Detective John May worries about his senility. Still they investigate while the brass considers closing down PCU starting with the sale of their building and the addition of by the standard operating procedures Sergeant Jack Renfield.

The latest PCU police procedural (see TEN SECOND STAIRCASE and WHITE CORRIDOR) is a fabulous single sitting thriller that hooks the audience throughout the exhilarating story line as fans like the cops will wonder if this is an urban fantasy or Arthur suffers from senility. The need to know what is going on makes for a delightful tale as the PCU members visit pubs and uncover a religious relic that frightens and elates their blood while beginning to connect the dots of a murderous conspiracy. Christopher Fowler provides a strong entry that lives up to the peculiar label of this sleuthing unit.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the Peculiar Crimes Unit series. I liked the story-within-a-story leading to a satisfying solving of the crime. I've bought the next book in the series to read on my NOOK.
Zeusie72 More than 1 year ago
I am reading the series and you almost have to read all of them to understand what is going on . I love them . I am reading this one now and each one get better and you know the characters . L love this series and would read more by him . I have all of the ones in this series now . Arthur Bryant is wonderful he is monk , Sherlock Holmes ,Jessica Fletcher. all rowed up in one . great read ..
pinklady23 More than 1 year ago
This had alot to do with the PCU coming & going. Alot of musty & forgotten information. If you're intersted in history in a fun setting this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very original and fascinating series. The Victoria Vanishes and well as the other stories in the series has the old guys wandering the streets of London and getting into and out of improbable situations. Even with the advanced ages of Bryant and May,hope these guys, and this series have many more adventures in store.
Lovebookgirl More than 1 year ago
Well it is a good book,but it is very thrilling and scaring!!!!!!!1
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I love this series. It is written so well that you can see London clearly. The detectives solve their case in many unique ways
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