It was late in 1973 ...more
So there it is, a totally unbelievable story line, but somehow quite a fascinating one.
In Seventy-Seven Clocks, the series moves back in time to the beginning of the PCU (Peculiar Crime Unit)-a unit formed specifically to bo ...more
I think this is due to the writing which is always interesting to read and is often rather witty and clever. I did like all the little comments about the differences between life i ...more
The best way to summarise the plot is from the back of the book:
"A mysterious stranger in outlandish Edwardian garb defaces a painting in the Naational Gallery. Then a guest at the Savoy Hotel is fatally bitten by what appears to be a marshland snake.... Art vandalism, an exploding suspect, pornography, rat poison, Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, ...more
Fowler, Christopher – 3rd in series
Doubleday, 2005- UK Hardcover
Arthur Bryant and John May are members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit and their newest case is a perfect fit. A man dies from Cottonmouth snake venom in the lobby of the Savoy; another in blown up by a bomb make of silver and gold and a third from rat poison in face powder. All the deaths relate back to the wealthy Whitstable family, and the Alliance of Eternal Light.
*** I absolut ...more
“Old Dark House” -“Scooby-Doo” “The Water Room” - a documentary about London’s rivers and this one - “Midsomer Murders” a very’ British’ murder series.
"Seventy-Seven Clocks" is hard to review without giving out spoilers, so I will do my best.
Firstly, it was vast improvement on the previous “Water Room”, which felt at times like a school lecture.
The prologue is quiet simply wonderful and well worth a re-read.
Plotting is goo ...more
I've read four books in this series now, and this one wasn't my favorite, although it is still quite good. In this, the 3rd installment of the Bryant and May mysteries (of the Peculiar Crimes Unit), the two detectives and the others of the PCU are faced with the fact that someone is out to get the Whitstable family and is killing them off by incredibly deadly means, starting off with the death of Pete ...more
Here is another Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) mystery. This time, elderly detectives Bryant and May look back upon a case they worked in 1973. A bizarre attack on a rather unimportant painting gets their attention -- but it's the murders that follow compel them to work the case. These aren't any ordinary murders: one by one, members of the Whitstable family, old money and upper-class, are being picked off. The methods of killing are bizarre, and evidence points to different suspects each time. What...more
Victorian era Australian art
br - english - London
15 hours 34 mins
Blurb - The newspapers referred to it as the case of the seventy seven clocks. There was quite a fuss at the time. We got into terrible trouble. Dear fellow, it was one of our most truly peculiar cases. I remember as if it was yesterday.' In fact, Arthur Bryant remembers very little about yesterd ...more
In this case it involves a series of crimes that seem at first unconnected, and for which the motive and who is performing them appear to be out of reach of the detectives for nearly three quarters of the book. A man dressed i ...more
Really much credit for the bulk of the book--it didn't feel superfluou ...more
This one takes place in the 1970's and is one of the early cases when the PCU has first been formed... and what a case it turns out to be. There are several murders, each one seeming to be more bizarre than the last. And, a gentleman in Edwardian garb enters an art gallery and manages to destroy a painting that was on loan from Australia. Later, this same man turns up dead. In typical Fowler fashion, you f ...more
When there was action, the author did a wonderful job and I felt I was there with the wonderful descriptions and sense of place. However, one of the instances with a characters was so strange I just couldn't suspend my belief. Not to ment ...more
Yes, upon rereading it, I gave it more stars. I t ...more
As with the other two PCU books, the plot of Seventy-Seven Clocks is bizarre and convoluted, but in a good way, keepin ...more
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 ...more
Other books in the series
"What are you reading at the moment?' asked May.
"Batman," said Bryant. "The drawings are terribly good.”
"The Whitstable family tree," Bryant explained, entering and setting down his tea tray. "It's the only way I could get it sorted out in my head. I had to see them properly laid out, who was descended from whom." He pointed to a milk jug. "Daisy Whitstable is bottom left-hand corner, by the fireguard. Next to her is the egg cup, brother Tarquin... Now, pass me Marion and Alfred Whitstable over there."
"What's their significance?"
"We need them to drink out of.”