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White Corridor

(Bryant & May #5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,089 ratings  ·  214 reviews
From using crackpot psychics to cutting-edge forensics, Arthur Bryant and John May are famous for their maddeningly unorthodox approach to solving crimes that the ordinary police cannot. Now Christopher Fowler, “a new master of the classical detective story,”* brings back crime detection’s oddest—and oldest—couple to solve the ultimate locked room mystery.

It’s an “impossib
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Bantam
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Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
Jill Hutchinson
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
Apr 02, 2017 marked it as contemplating-its-sins
I gave it a couple of chapters, but it wasn't working for me at all. It felt different from the other books in the series somehow. DNF.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Meh ... as Sara would say. Am I getting tired of the two elderly detectives? I think I am. What has been driving me crazy is the time (or is it the number of pages?! it takes to get the plot (or is it me?) in gear.
At the end of the day, I like it when in the first twenty pages of a novel, I understand who is who and the plot is on track.
Take Robert Galbraith, or D.E. Stevenson, and there you are.
I might just drop Bryant and May altogether.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reading this for the second time (Dec 2011). This takes the two detectives out of London and strands them in a blizzard on a side road leading to Plymouth. There is a murderer amongst the stranded motorists, but meanwhile back in London the Home Office villain is sure he has finally been able to shut down the PCU. When Bryant & May return to London they have to finish up the investigation they had been monitoring by cell phone from the blizzard, including the need to determine how their path ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kathy Davie
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, detective
Fifth in the Bryant & May detective mystery series and revolving around two over-retirement-age detectives who are quite unorthodox and based in London with each story in the series a case in Arthur's biography. I'll be curious to read how Fowler intends to end Bryant and May. As a series, I mean.

My Take
Time marches on in this locked room mystery filled to the brim with red herrings. Nor is that autopsy room the only locked room, as Fowler locks us out with his craftily scattered "clues" abo
Cathy Cole
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years ago, I read the first book in Fowler's Bryant and May series and didn't care for it at all, but always at the back of my mind, I thought there might have been extenuating circumstances. You see, I read Full Dark House while on my very first trip to the UK, and I'm pretty sure my brain was on sensory overload. I am very happy to announce that I thoroughly enjoyed this fifth book in the series, and now I'm wanting to catch up with all the adventures of these two men.

One of the small things t
Susan Ferguson
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
WHITE CORRIDOR (Police Proc-Bryant & May- England-Cont) – VG
Fowler, Christopher – 5th in series
Doubleday, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780385610674
*** 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
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Yet another excellent installment in the Bryant & May mystery series. All the novels are on par with each other, but it feels like they just keep getting better. Without a doubt it's Christopher Fowler's prose and intelligent writing that keeps me coming back for more. I love learning about the real world while reading fun fiction stories and there's always something new in these books.

I enjoyed the split narrative of this one. There are two separate crime scenarios running side by side. Fir
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
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.
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Edgar W
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mr. Fowler is one of the most imaginative writers I have ever come across and this novel is no exception. What a surprise ending! I'm sure many will love this one. Reading his Bryant and May Mysteries have been one of my favorite entertaiments. Thank you Mr. Fowler.
Jane Routley
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
I picked up this beguiling book at a garage sale and now wish. I'd bought the rest of them. Charming characters and a wonderful couple of plot twists. Not many other detectives consult a London White witch when they need technical advice.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
My favorite of this series so far.
Lots of unexpected twists, and I darn near froze reading about the snowstorm in which Bryant and May were trapped. I didn't expect any of the solutions.

Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, different, though nothing really to shout about.
Rebekah Turpin-coker
I'm always a big fan of Bryant and May, but this one was particularly good. Two murders, lots of improbability and tons of snow. If you like the PCU books, you'll love this one.
Christine Cody
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After their Supervisor announces a week-long shutdown of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Bryant and May decide to take a "simple" road trip to a psychic/spiritualist/Wiccan/etc. conference. But an extremely powerful and rare blizzard strands the two, along with several other unfortunate motorists, in sub-zero temps, frigid winds, and monstrous snowdrifts in the barren lands of Dartmoor (as Sherlock Holmes' readers know, this is the setting for the eerie Hound of the Baskervilles).

When their enemy at
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, mystery
There was not enough "peculiar" in this outing for my tastes. I also do not like cold and snowy settings so already 2 strikes. A confusing mingling of two cases. All I could think of was, for all that Bryant & May are old geezers depending more on brain power than tech, thank goodness for cell phones. Our discussion group conversation was fun with more members enjoying this slightly odd choice than I had expected. Fowler certainly has a penchant for obscure words and Britishisms. Most of us ...more
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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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