Full Dark House : Bryant & May

  • by Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by Tim Goodman
  • Series: Bryant & May
  • 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection.
A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues to the killer’s identity, May finds his old friend’s notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returned ... with a killing vengeance.
It begins when a dancer in a risqué new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet. Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits - and beyond. For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London’s theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama. And it will take Arthur Bryant’s unorthodox techniques and John May’s dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural - a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of them ... and is ready to claim the other.
Filled with startling twists, unforgettable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Full Dark House is a witty, heartbreaking, and all-too-human thriller about the hunt for an inhuman killer.

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Not What I Had Hoped

I agree with other reviewers that the narration was a distraction. The voices were complicated to follow and tell apart which made the story confusing. The unusual mispronunciations peppering the reading became irritating. I disliked the narration so much that I gave up on the book. I think this is one series I will need to read in print to enjoy. Do listen to the sample first to be sure that it won't bother you. It ruined the book for me.
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- Sara

More Than Just a Mystery

I stumbled upon this book while searching Audible for another mystery series. Right off the bat, this met several of my criteria:
a) significant number of books in the series and on Audible (8);
b) takes place somewhere interesting that I don't know much about (London)
c) has the added bonus of a fun accent (British)

And then, once I read the book, I could add well-developed, interesting characters to the list, as well as two cases for the price of one. The case in the present has to do with Arthur Bryant, the eccentric half of Bryant & May (John May is the straight arrow), who is trapped in a building when it inexplicably explodes; and the case taking place in WWII London delves into theater life, the prevailing culture, and Greek mythology to solve a host of murders. This book does a nice job of setting the scene of the WWII times without getting overly emotional about it: Yes, it was unfathomably awful; but Londoners were doing their best to keep calm and carry on. The story follows the detectives as they stumble their way through the 1940's case (their first one) and in turn updates the reader on progress on the modern-day case, all the while being easy to follow.

The narrator does a very good job with the several voices and accents.

Note: I use the Goodreads rating system (three stars = liked it, four stars = really liked it).
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- KP

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books