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White Corridor (Bryant & May #5)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,097 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The unthinkable has happened at London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. In the bitter depths of winter, a member of the team has been murdered, and everyone who works there is a suspect. With the exception of Arthur Bryant and John May that is, for the eccentric detectives who run London's strangest crime division are stranded on a desolate snowbound road somewhere in the West Coun ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published by Transworld Books / Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jill Hutchinson
How can you not love this series of books about the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) led by the aged detectives Bryant and May? The stories are truly surreal and more fun that the proverbial barrel of monkeys. In this entry, the boys are trapped in a blizzard where a murder takes place. Meanwhile, back at the PCU, one of their own is found dead under suspicious circumstances and the team must try to solve it in the absence of their mentors. Of course, the story is completely far-fetched and the author ...more
Nigeyb
This is the second book I have read by Christopher Fowler and both have been from his Bryant & May series.

Arthur Bryant and John May are Golden Age Detectives in a modern world. They head the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU), London's most venerable specialist police team, a division founded during the Second World War to investigate cases that could cause national scandal or public unrest.

It's an unusual and original set up, two crimes have to be solved and these are cleverly interwoven whilst
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Ensiform
The fifth Bryant and May mystery. With the Unit’s future on the line due to an unexpectedly scheduled royal visit within hours, the Peculiar Crimes Unit must solve a locked room mystery --- the baffling murder of their ancient pathologist, Oswald Finch. Alone with a corpse in the morgue, he appears to have been murdered, while investigation reveals he had flare-ups with several of the Unit’s own that morning. But Sergeant Janice Longbright must attack the problem alone, because Bryant and May fi ...more
Susan Ferguson
A strange story - but I rather liked it.

John May and Arthur Bryant are the head of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. They are a relatively obscure unit in London, dealing with the obscure crimes very few know about. They are both aging and are afraid the unit will be closed when they are gone. Their acting supervisor has decided he is closing the office down, so Arthur talks John into helping him take stuff to a spiritualist gathering. He borrows a van from a neighbor and he and John set off. Unfortuna
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Nancy Oakes
White Corridor is installment number five in the Bryant and May series (aka the Peculiar Crimes Unit series). In this book, the author has given his readers two mainstay elements of classic mystery -- the locked-room murder (in which a member of the PCU is killed in a most impossible fashion so that suspicion points to the others) -- and weather so incredibly bad that it prevents our heroes Bryant and May from having any hope of returning to London to help with this crime. It wouldn't be so bad, ...more
Julie
The best yet! I loved the banter between the characters. Here is one example:
"The doctrine of salvation by faith is the essence of Gospel teaching", said Alma hotly, "It's protestant not pick n' mix! I don't approve of throwing all these religions together with non-believers." "There's no such thing as a non-believer", Bryant stated, "Everyone believes in something, whether it involves alien visitations or simply being nice to each other and repairing a fractured world with good deeds. A cabalis
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LJ
WHITE CORRIDOR (Police Proc-Bryant & May- England-Cont) – VG
Fowler, Christopher – 5th in series
Doubleday, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780385610674
First Sentence: NOTICE: THE PECULIAR CRIMES UNIT WILL BE SHUT FOR ONE WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY
*** While the Met’s Peculiar Crimes Unit is closed down for repairs, Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May had off for an international convention of psychics. Caught in a blizzard and stuck in their van, they are tasked with solving two crimes
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Alistair
My latest foray in to the world of Bryant & May.

Must say I found the background intro a bit laborious.
Story wise it was good to get away from London. I know how much Christopher Fowler loves writing about London, however to me it can get a bit preachy at times.
The twist at the end was a surprise, didn’t see it coming.
There are a wonderful few lines concerning Jehovah Witnesses and a toaster.
Made me laugh out load.
One final thing, given my review of “Ten Second Corridor” I found it amusing t
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Ruth
c2007: Okay, so what the blurb doesn't tell you is that there is another murder that happens throughout the book which I found to be more creepy than any of the others in the series. I do wish that the continuing theme of possible closure of the Division would come to a conclusion and that there would be a bit more happiness. Good to find out that there may be more of May's history to be revealed. Probably, one of the best lines in the book when describing a croissant - "Only the French could in ...more
Jeanne
This is a rather odd entry in the Bryant & May series. When the PCU is confronted with a most unusual locked room mystery, Bryant and May are trapped in a blizzard.

Why is this important? Well, the dead body belongs to crusty coroner, Oswald Finch. Furthermore, it looks like an inside job. Can the PCU solve the mystery without its heart and soul?

Also, there’s a secondary suspense plot playing out in the blizzard, which is completely bizarre. In my opinion, this entry is just not up to snuff.
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Sue
Another good installment in the series. I can see development in the characters, the writing and in plot development, all of which made this very enjoyable reading. In fact I have the next book, The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery on my table waiting to be started.
Kimberli
Another in the Bryant and May series. This time two parallel story lines play out with the duo snowbound on a rural motorway tracking a vicious killer, while their team is back in London trying to quickly solve a inconceivable murder all on their own before in order to save the unit from permanent closure. Enjoyable as usual but I'd probably place this lower on my rankings of "favorite installments." But still a great read.
Anne
Incredibly tedious for the first two-thirds of the way, and I almost gave up, but the story finally comes together and starts moving, and becomes the mystery I've come to expect from Fowler. I'd give three stars because all the groundwork laid in the first 250 pages or so pays off nicely in the end, but I can't discount the trial it was to get there.
Carmen
This one is a bit of a dissapointment compared to the others. Not so much action. Bryant and May decide to go to a convention and get stranded in a snowstorm. While there, they persue a murderer and by phone help figure out who murdered someone right in the office.
Annie Buchanan
As always; taut, intricate, loopy characters who are a lot more sensible than they appear. I am not usually overfond of book series which have strong ordinal continuity, but it suits the Bryant & May series. You would need a programme to keep up with the cast of characters otherwise.

Loved this book. Absolutely love the series. I love the writing which is consistently top notch and the dialogue which is unforced and natural. The pacing is taut (which is difficult when half the book is played
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Ann
This is the best one so far in this series. Bryant and Mays are stranded in Dartmoor in a blizzard. There is a serial killer among the stranded motorists along with them. In London, Oswald Finch, the forensic pathologist, is found murdered in his locked laboratory. There is the body of a young girl on the table and it looks as if Finch was just beginning his autopsy. The team must solve his death, even if it looks as if it is one of the team themselves, before a royal visit takes place. Bryant a ...more
Emma
Another Bryant & May mystery, I listened to the audio book, which is the first in the series that I have listened to rather than read. It took a little time to get used to the voices, but I enjoyed it. This book picks up right after the last, set in modern day. Oswald Finch is finally retiring from his role as unit pathologist and Bryant & May get stuck in a blizzard on their way to a convention in the south west. Despite that, there are still mysteries for the team to solve, including a ...more
Keri
I believe the person who gave me this book was told it was supposed to be similar to Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. It is not. It is about police detectives and it takes place in Europe but that is about where the similarities end. The book is about two detectives who are close to retirement and work in a crime unit that deals with the odd crimes the regular units don't want to deal with which allows them teh use of unconventional methods to solve them. While reading the book, the author ...more
rabbitprincess
Oct 18, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series in a wintery sort of mood
Shelves: bibliotheque, 2012
* * * 1/2

The fifth Bryant and May mystery features a locked room and some long-distance sleuthing. A member of the Peculiar Crimes Unit is found dead in the autopsy room and only four people had the key. Normally our esteemed senior detectives would solve the case themselves, but they're stuck on the highway to Dartmoor en route to a spiritualists' convention. They also have a killer on the loose, prowling the lines of snowbound cars. And as if that isn't enough, there's yet another plot afoot t
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Spuddie
#5 in the Bryant & May "Peculiar Crimes Unit" mystery series set in London. In this episode, acting director Raymond Land closes the unit for a week while the computers and electronics are updated, so Bryant convinces May to accompany him to a spiritualist convention out in the rural west country. The two elderly detectives set off and run into a horrendous snowstorm that leaves them stuck in a ditch and stranded along with dozens of other travelers--one of whom is a murderer, as they discov ...more
Denise
Slow starting, but an interesting and different read for me. This is set is London and written in what feels like authentic English prose, probably part of the slow start for me. After a bit though, I got into the swing of the language and the setting and the unfamiliar words and really liked that part. The two lead characters are Arthur Bryant and John May and they work (and originally established) the PCU, Peculiar Crimes Unit. Apparently they get the cases the regular police can't solve and u ...more
Pat
Since discovering the Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries, I have read several of them. I have to say this one has emerged as my favorite so far. It is excellent! It involves two very strange stories and both are mesmerizing. I had not figured out how either mystery was going to end, but the endings of both were very interesting, to say the least! I can't wait to read more books from Christopher Fowler!
Scoozer
This was a slow book that I forced myself to finish. While parts of it were interesting, I just didn't care about the characters or situations. The solutions to the mysteries were hokey. I did not realize that this was part of a series, so that may be partly to blame to my confusion throughout the book. The author kept introducing new characters with little background so it was difficult to understand their relation to the rest of the book. The first third of the book was exposition and backgrou ...more
Graeme Wyllie
Book 5 in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series and those octogenarian, semi-retired,eccentric and brilliant detectives Bryant and May are back along with the rest of the PCU although for one, its the last outing and their death forms the basis of a classic locked room mystery. Couple this with Bruant and May being trapped far from the PCU by a blizzard with a murderer on the loose and its another great entry in the series. There's a large number of plot strands which slowly intertwine and of course B ...more
Erica Smith
I'm meandering my way through a reread of these books, and just want to note that this one is my favorite; I think it's the perfection of the dual "locked room" mysteries (one literal and one snowbound), the simultaneous plot twists (to the point of kinked muscles), and the contrast of noir, gritty realism, and screwball comedy. Epitomizes the series, really.
Kme_17
This book was interesting. I was a little lost beause I jumped in this series. It is about Bryant and May who are in a member of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. I really enjoy the interesting characters but the changing P.O.v sometimes made me have to go to remember who the characters was. All in all a decent mystery that has two very good cases in the book.
Sherry
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Melody
I know longer feel that having loads of useless trivia in my brain is a waste. If it wasn't for years of reading esoteric books the mystery wouldn't have been solved. This was another excellent offering from the Peculiar Crimes Unit. An excellent and compelling read.
Sarah
So...I didn't actually finish this. I got about a chapter from the end and had to return all of my library books. However, I have read this book before, and it is actually my least favorite of the PCU series. I didn't find the criminal especially believable, and several other characters seemed...off somehow. Normally Mr. Fowler is a true wordsmith, painting a picture of London so clearly I feel like I am seeing it too. With this novel I suspect he strayed into literal unfamiliar territory.
Shannon
To me, this was the best of the series so far. There are two concurrent stories going on here. One with murder and psychosis and the other involving and a dead body or two . . . murder, suicide or?

The main running story is that there are still people wanting to shut down the PCU. A murder and the subsequent death investigation is hampered because John and Arthur are only available via cell phone but the invesstigation is sped along when the Unit is told to expect a Royal Visit that Faraday/Kasav
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Christopher Fowler is an English novelist living in London, his books contain elements of black comedy, anxiety and social satire. As well as novels, he writes short stories, scripts, press articles and reviews.

He lives in King's Cross, on the Battlebridge Basin, and chooses London as the backdrop of many of his stories because any one of the events in its two thousand year history can provide ins
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