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For the crew of the New Strand Theatre, the play The Two Murderers seems less performance than prophecy when a cast party ...
For the crew of the New Strand Theatre, the play The Two Murderers seems less performance than prophecy when a cast party ends in the shocking death of the theater owner’s son. The crime scene is most unusual, even for Bryant and May. In a locked bedroom without any trace of fingerprints or blood, the only sign of disturbance is a gruesome life-size puppet of Mr. Punch laying on the floor. Everyone at the party is a suspect, including the corrupt producer, the rakish male lead, the dour set designer, and the assistant stage manager, who is the wild daughter of a prominent government official.
It’s this last fact that threatens the Peculiar Crimes Unit’s investigation, as the government’s Home Office, wary of the team’s eccentric methods, seeks to throw them off the case. But the nimble minds of Bryant and May are not so easily deterred. Delving into the history of the London theater and the disturbing origins of Punch and Judy, the detectives race to find the maniacal killer before he reaches his even deadlier final act.
Whip-smart and endlessly entertaining, The Memory of Blood is an ingeniously intricate mystery from the deliciously inventive Christopher Fowler.
Though no single element stands out, Fowler achieves a fine balance between the impossible crime, the juggling of suspects and motives, Mr. Bryant's flights of recondite erudition, the planting and decoding of clues and the obligatory plots to discredit and disband the PCU.
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
From the Hardcover edition.
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Posted October 21, 2012
Christopher Fowler cannot write these books fast enough for me. Love the characters, love the story lines - you don't need to read this series in order, but they are all good. Looking forward to the next installment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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