Bryant & May – England’s Finest
Twelve more missing cases from the archive of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. And they nearly were missing too, as unit chief Raymond Land explains in his foreword, 'because Arthur Bryant left the files on the floor where the Two Daves had decided to stand their mini-cement mixer, and it was only my quick thinking that saved the day...'.
The cases here include the festive gem 'Br...more
Bryant's age is described as being "somewhere between prostate and postmortem."
Bryant was feeling particularly grumpy as it was Christmas and he was feeling lost wi ...more
I’ve never been wild about short stories supplementing a crime series. It’s hard to put together a really good mystery, plus all the sati ...more
First of all, look at the stunning cover! It's got beautiful colours, it's got snow, it's Christmassy, there's the Underground, it's got Bryant mucking about!
I love Christopher Fowler’s writing style: it’s intelligent and pacy, with plenty of witty asides, nuggets of trivia and lots of Arthur’s humbugging. I particularly e ...more
The short end of my story was this book was brilliant. I loved Detective Bryant. He caused a zing in my heart. I was quite intrigued by the idea of his trifocals. He was quirky, he was annoying, a sexist, politically incorrect. Yet he had the X factor which attracted me toward the book and keep my inter ...more
Overseeing the PCU is Unit Chief Raymond Land, a rather ineffective individual most of the time, who bum ...more
I have to say that I think this – England’s Finest – is an excellent place to start. A collection of short stories, lost cases put aside or lost for a while but now collected together for the pleasure of not only Bryant and May fans but for those of us who are new to this author.
Bryant is old school, old fashioned and not very ‘politically correct’ but fascinating in the way in which his mind works, not necessarily good with people but caring and determined to seek the truth of the matter. ...more
There are some quirky ideas here, and humour, which I like in a book, but the writing is so clunky. Most of the stories seem written on the back of a fag packet (or box of matches), and not revisited until read by the public. Why is a mother taking a small child (who wants an ice cream) to a private evening viewing at Tate Modern when a body falls? Why is the "modern metal door" in the basement converted to wood as the story proceeds? How does the gardener's "green plastic shed" become a box, ...more
Generally I like short story collections and did like the previous B&M title 'London's Glory', however none of the stories in this one really gripped or excited me.
The writing style and character interactions was up to the usual level, they were probably the reason why I kept going instead of putting this down to come to back later.
A number of the stories were set away from London which may have added to the overall marking down of this collection; Combined with the general lack of othe ...more
The best thing about short story collections is ...more
I think my favourite here is the Devil's Triangle - great solution to the puzzle. I was also pleased to find the truth of the corpse in a coffin found in the PCU's basement in one of the main novels.
Make sure that you go on to read the other books in this series.
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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 s ...more
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'I'm not, I'm just too busy catching up to deal with the present. I'll get to the present eventually.' He dug his knife back into the toaster.
'You mean you'll get to it at some time in the future.' 'Yes, when I've finished with the past. I want to know everything before I die, and I'm running out of time.' His knife slipped and catapulted breadcrumbs across the office.”