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Bryant & May - the Bleeding Heart (Bryant & May Book 11) by Christopher Fowler

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I believe this is the eleventh in the amazingly quirky Bryant and May detective series. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is in yet more trouble. Graves are being dug up, the ravens have gone from the Tower of London and there are kittens everywhere! On the surface none of it makes sense, which is, of course, just how Bryant likes it and he unleashes his awesome intellect, leading to the usual chaos and catastrophe. These are truly lovely books. Fowler is an excellent writer and his intimate knowledge of London is extraordinary. The plots are twisted and clever, and the characters even more so! It makes me genuinely happy when one of these crosses my desk.

If you like Christopher Fowler you might also like to read books by Christopher Brookmyre, John Harvey and Bateman.


Bryant & May - the Bleeding Heart (Bryant & May Book 11) by Christopher Fowler

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 been tasked with finding out how someone could have stolen the ravens from the Tower of London. All seven birds have vanished from one of the most secure fortresses in the city. And, as the legend has it, when the ravens leave, the nation falls. Soon it seems death is all around and Bryant and May must confront a group of latter-day bodysnatchers, explore an eerie funeral parlour and unearth the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard. More graves are desecrated, further deaths occur, and the symbol of the Bleeding Heart seems to turn up everywhere - it's even discovered hidden in the PCU's offices. And when Bryant is blindfolded and taken to the headquarters of a secret society, he realises that this case is more complex than even he had imagined, and that everyone is hiding something. The Grim Reaper walks abroad and seems to be stalking him, playing on his fears of premature burial. Rich in strange characters and steeped in London's true history, this is Bryant & May's most peculiar and disturbing case of all.

About the Author

Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler is the award-winning author of over thirty novels and twelve short story collections, and the Bryant & May mystery novels, which record the adventures of two Golden Age detectives investigating impossible London crimes. His latest books are the sinister comedy-thriller ‘Plastic’, the memoir ‘Film Freak’ and the haunted-house novel ‘Nyctophobia’. Other work includes the ‘War of the Worlds’ videogame, a graphic novel and a Hammer horror radio play. He has a weekly column in The Independent On Sunday. He spends his time between London and Barcelona..

Christopher Fowler was the winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library 2015.

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30th November 1999


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