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Bryant & May and The Bleeding Heart

(Bryant & May: Peculiar Crimes Unit #11)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,717 ratings  ·  261 reviews
London's wiliest detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, are back on the case in this fiendishly clever new mystery . . . and when a cemetery becomes the scene of a crime, neither secrets--nor bodies--stay buried.
Romain Curtis sneaks into St. George's Gardens one evening with his date, planning to show her the stars. A centuries-old burial ground, the small, quiet park i
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2014)
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Diane S ☔
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very seldom pay attention to the author blurbs on the back of the book, but I was drawn to this one by Karen Marie Moning, "Grumpy Old men does CSI with a hint of Dickens. Such an apt description because these detectives in the PCU are nothing if not unorthodox and oh so amusing. Bryant in particular is a true individual, he knows all the strange people that populate the hidden corners of London.

This case involves the Tower of London when all their ravens go missing and grave disinterring or
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Sue
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Peculiar Crime Unit still exists but continues to have problems. Now it is under the aegis of the City of London not Westminster. And as they once again wonder about the future (well all but Arthur Bryant who never seems to worry himself with such things) strange things happen in the city. A report comes in of a man rising from his grave. Needless to say this sparks an investigation moving in very non-tradition directions (in addition to the more usual police work). But then we are dealing w ...more
Bettie☯
Jun 12, 2017 marked it as to-read
Description: It's a fresh start for the Met's oddest investigation team, the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

Their first case involves two teenagers who see a dead man rising from his grave in a London park. And if that's not alarming enough, one of them is killed in a hit and run accident. Stranger still, in the moments between when he was last seen alive and found dead on the pavement, someone has changed his shirt...

Much to his frustration, Arthur Bryant is not allowed to investigate. Instead, he has be
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LJ
First Sentence: From Raymond Land to All Staff: So, it’s a new beginning for us.

The Peculiar Crimes Unit is now under the jurisdiction of the City of London and, as usual, their new top boss would like to see an end to the group. However, two crimes are keeping them in the game. A young man appears to see a body rise from a grave and claims it spoke. Have Resurrectionists returned? But what did the young man see that resulted in his murder a few days later? Someone stole the seven ravens, symbol
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Susan in NC
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm so thrilled that Christopher Fowler continues writing this brilliant series; I was so afraid with the last few installments that we were going to lose the Peculiar Crimes Unit - or worse, Arthur Bryant or John May, which would be the same dire result! But despite encroaching age, modern technology and mind-boggling bureaucracy, the PCU rolls on like the mighty Thames...

Any long-time fan of the series is familiar with the unusual investigative techniques and sources utilized by Arthur Bryant
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Kathy Davie
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a laugh and a twisty mystery
Eleventh in the Bryant and May detective mystery series (a.k.a., the Peculiar Crimes Unit) and revolving around a pair of ancient detectives in London who should have retired years ago.

My Take
I do enjoy Fowler’s start to these stories with that memo from Land, filling us in on the characters and the antics at the PCU. And Fowler has just increased the fun with the new PLO from the Home Office, lol. She’s providing plenty of opportunities for laughter, vis-a-vis Bryant taking the mickey out of he
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Whitney
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as simple as a Who-done-it, when we're involved in the Peculiar Crimes Unit of the London detective force. The team is fantastic and eccentric! They are headquartered in a not-so-nice building, which is halfheartedly being maintained by a man or two named Dave. Everyone's desk is personally suited to their methods, be it related to dark magic or Hygge, or covered with scampering kittens. Yes, a litter of kittens lives in the detective headquarters. No one thinks this is unusual.

The crime her
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Jill Hutchinson
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Bryant & May Peculiar Crime Units series is totally insane, totally unbelievable and fantastic! I love these books which are a mix of obscure information, impossible crimes, and wonderful characters....led by the very eccentric Bryant and dapper ladies man, May, elderly detectives who have kept the Unit together through thick and thin. Always in trouble for totally disregarding police rules and utilizing their myriad of contacts who range from psychics to experts on the history of Britis ...more
Louise
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this a four, because I can't help but enjoy the whole set up of characters, and strange plots, and preposterous ideas that go with these books.
This one seemed a little off compared with others,Bryant seemed somewhat tame in comparison to his usual mad cap self, but it gave time to learn a bit more about other characters.
Diane
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book starts off with a pair of teenagers, Romain Curtis and Shirone Estanza, on a date in St George's Gardens. Originally a graveyard, it is now mostly a garden, though it soon becomes obvious there are still bodies about:

"He saw the man standing above him, middle-aged, with greying hair and occluded eyes, clearly and irrevocably dead, dressed in his best black business suit, his arm still rising, the claw of his right hand extended as if to clutch at the living. Then the moon was unveiled
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Sharon
This is my second outing with the eccentric duo Bryant & May.

The Bleeding Heart begins, as it did with The Burning Man, the cast of characters listed on the 'staff roster', and is accompanied by another memo from the disgruntled PCU Chief, Raymond Land.

The Peculiar Crimes Unit has been moved from being part of the Metropolitan Police to the City of London Police.

Orion Banks, The City's Public Liaison Officer has been assigned, on what the team believe to be an advisory role, to the PCU, but
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Carol Peace
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to get this book from the Dead Good book group and from the cover it looked more like and old tale rather than a new book. I was surprised when I started it though to find a very 'new' kind of crime. It did have reminders of the grave robbers but it is so much more than that.
Christopher Fowler has such an imagination that whilst reading I found myself wondering how on earth he would come to a conclusion. The oddest investigation team of Bryant and May are brought the case of a body
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Helen
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More London, past and present, to investigate. The unit has a new enemy now that they are part of the City of London police and not the Metropolitan Police. (Keep up now.) We now have Orion Banks, a publicist sort of person, who certainly does sound like an astronomical observatory. She speaks in administrative gobbledy-gook and wouldn't recognise a bloodstain if it appeared on her notepad. Every step in an investigation is supposed to be cleared through her and I don't know how anything could b ...more
Sharon
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Odd and wonderful characters, a complicated plot and a bit of odd history about London all rolled up into one. I chuckled all the way through.
Juli Rahel
When I was around fourteen I went through an intense phase of loving detective and crime fiction. I practically devoured Elizabeth George's novels and loved the thrill of being terrified by the bad guys and saved by the good ones. This fascination waned off as I focused more on literary fiction but every now and then I still pick one up to entertain myself and see whether I'm still up to figuring out who the bad guy is before the end. This was definitely an enjoyable, if very different, detectiv ...more
Michael
This is the first of this series (of about 12) that I've read and, I'm afraid, on this outing I can't summon up the same level of enthusiasm as some seem to have with Fowler's creations.

All his heroes work in the 'Peculiar Crimes Unit', a somewhat bizarre off-shoot from the London Metropolitan Police, so perhaps I was expecting something different from what I got. Yes, it started with an incident that was 'peculiar' but the only supernatural aspect was in the minds of those who witnessed it and
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Ray Palen
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know when the crime-fighting unit in this brilliantly conceived series is called the PCU --- Peculiar Crimes Unit, you are in for a treat. In the deft hands of author Christopher Fowler you will not be disappointed.

The lead Detectives of this close-knit and eclectic squad are Arthur Bryant and John May. They are described as being two sides of the same brain. Both brilliant in their own way --- Bryant is bizarre, sloppy and at times uncouth while May is pragmatic, buttoned-up and the ultimat
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Tony
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
BRYANT AND MAY AND THE BLEEDING HEART. (2014). Christopher Fowler. ***.
This, the latest adventure for the Peculiar Crimes Unit of the London Branch of Scotland Yard, explores another over the top crime. This time our questing group runs into what looks like a group of body snatchers. It’s in the tradition of the old Resurrection Men from London’s past, but this modern group doesn’t hesitate to kill off anyone who might be able to identify them. Bryant is forced to seek help from a great number o
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Sallee
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is an English mystery set in London. Full of twists and turns, well plotted and full of interesting characters, it held my interest all the way through. Being American, some of the English slang was puzzling but interesting. The main characters were unique. The heart of the Peculiar Crimes Unit is Arthur Bryant and John May. Bryant is a version of our American Colombo and his partner May is very organized almost to the point of being OCD. This unlikely combo of senior detectives and their ...more
Susan
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Peculiar Crimes Unit is now under the supervision of the City of London police, more particularly a supervisor named Orion Banks, the complete technocrat, who would as soon shut the unit down. After all, all they're investigating now is the mysterious effort to dig up a coffin in a cemetery, and the strange theft of the ravens at the Tower of London. Yes, there is a hit-and-run fatality that might be associated with the coffin, but surely there are better things to do with police resources.. ...more
Kyrie
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Although this book didn't give as much history of London as their other books, I really liked the actual cases they were trying to solve.

The zombie/graverobbers were intriguing and the theft of the ravens was also clever.

I read it during a hectic time, and it was easy to pick up where I'd been interrupted, so I was glad of that trait, too.

Oh, goodness! I'm caught up, at least until the next one comes out.

I get a bit tired of the PCU being underestimated, but I keep hoping things will get bett
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Pam Baddeley
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number 11 in the Bryant and May series, and a cracking good read. As I suspected last time, Mr Merry is the new villain but with a good twist. This story is more Bryant's than May's, the more eccentric detective having the lion's share this time around, but that is fitting as it is Bryant who has to face his childhood fears and ultimately prevail. The crimes are the usual strange blend of the surreal and the ridiculous, being body snatching and stealing the ravens from the Tower of London, and a ...more
Ilinca
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not my favorite (I think Ten Second Staircase still holds that place, and it may or may not be the first one I read in the series), but it's still lovely to see the two old buggers get down to it again. And the narrator is awesome; I'm gonna choose audio over reading the actual book every time, simply because of him. I'm glad the series is going on and hope Fowler isn't bored with it. I'm not.
Richard
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
As usual, an excellent plot, great characters and amusing dialogue. This time is grave robbers and missing ravens, all neatly tied together, sort of.

Well worth your time, as is this entire series.
Catherine Cheney
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was on it's way to 5 stairs until the very end. And not because of the resolution, but because the ending just didn't match (for me) the tenor of the story. 4 and a half stars, though, and I am still a tremendous fan of this series.
Aisling
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So clever, so funny, just a wonderful series. I am already missing the PCU and eager to return.
Sharon
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful!

I love this series of mysteries! I know a scholar very much like Bryant! If only one were published every week!
Eustacia Tan
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nlb-ereads
I can't remember why this particular title in the Bryant and May series was in my TBR list, but it sounded like something I was in the mood for so I decided to pick it up. And guess what? A strange mystery involving our odd detectives was what I wanted to read.

Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart starts with what appears to be a zombie rising from the grave. Obviously this freaks out the poor boy and the girl he was trying to impress. But then said boy is murdered and Bryant is convinced that t
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Pamela Mclaren
Another fun and entertaining story wit the unconventional and always surprising crime-fighting duo, Arthur Bryant and John May, the unofficial heads of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. The two men began the unit and continue to serve despite changing times and various efforts to make the unit operate more traditionally. It just can't be done and as usual, part of the fun is just seeing the unit survive the various individuals charged with bringing them in line.

In this case, the team is introduced
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Michael Gallagher
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I first came across the Bryant & May novels some years ago at the beginning of their career. Although I had certain reservations about the series, I picked this one up to see how the pair were getting along now.
OMG. There’s probably more London history here per inch of text than in any regular history book. Fowler clearly loves this city, and I was staggered by the sheer amount of research he’s put in, and not just with regard to the myriad settings he makes use of in this book. Want to kno
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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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