Bryant & May and the Burning Man: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Bryant & May and the Burning Man: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

by Christopher Fowler
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Bryant and May and the Burning Man (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #12) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A good mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All good things must come to an end. Or maybe not live this series the history lessons contained within and all the characters.
MsReaderCP More than 1 year ago
This book is the 12th book in the Bryant and May detective series of the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU). This isn’t a cozy or a noir mystery. It is just a well-written mystery that is fun, interesting, and a little life-like. In London, the day before Halloween, riots are in full force between protestors and bankers over the banking scandal. Bombs are going off in random places causing small patches of fire. A murderer uses this opportunity to kill a couple of people on separate occasions by burning them to death in public. Because one of the tasks of the PCU is to investigate serious crimes that take place in public spaces while preventing public disorder, the PCU takes jurisdiction of the case. Both victims seem to be very different from each other with no connections. So the PCU is on to find a connection before there are more murders. May notices that Bryant is acting more strange than usual lately. And he knows that Bryant is hiding something from him. Will the two close friends be able to survive whatever is going on? I love the quirkiness of the two senior detectives. Who doesn’t have some quirkiness in them? By seeing it in admirable characters like Bryant and May, I think we can learn to appreciate it more in ourselves. Bryant is my favorite character. Many of my friends will read the title of the book I’m reviewing and be surprised because I love, read, and review historical mysteries. So why this book? Bryant seems to know everything there is to know about the history of London and that historical knowledge helps this duo in the solving of their crimes! In this case alone, I read about London’s history of: `Samhain ` Guy Fawkes (both the person and the day) `Other riots and bombings `Punishments (ex. tarring and feathering) `Financial scandals. Now the unit has grown and there are many other characters that have problems and hopes and that fit well with Bryant and May. These diverse characters make the story better. Fowler is a great writer. Besides his full, in-depth characters, he writes humor that is laugh out loud funny. Just enough of it. Enough of it to balance out the sadness that always sneaks up on us in life and therefore in Fowler’s books as well. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.