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Publisher's Summary

An artist is found dead in a gallery with locked doors and windows. A television presenter is struck by lightning while indoors. Two seemingly impossible crimes that only Arthur Bryant and John May of the Met's Peculiar Crimes Unit might be able to solve. But Bryant has lost his nerve, and May is fighting to keep the unit from closure. Worse still, an unsolved mystery from the past has returned to haunt them.
©2006 Christopher Fowler/Defiant Films (P)2007 WF Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"This fourth Bryant and May novel delivers a delirious blend of black humor and suspense." ( Booklist)"This fine effort places Fowler in the first rank of contemporary mystery writers." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Mary on 02-21-11

Enjoyable mystery

This is the third book I've listened to about the Peculiar Crimes Unit. There was just a bit too much history in this one, but apart from that it was compelling and I had to listen whenever I could to get to the end. I like the way the books are related and follow on from each other, and have become fond of the characters. The narrator is very good.

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By Karen on 01-11-12

A refreshing and informative read

What a delightful series this is by Christopher Fowler, and Tim Goodman is an inspired narrator. The aging Peculiar Crimes Unit detectives embark upon yet another arcane mystery, and Fowler sprinkles their progress with fascinating trivia about London history, as usual. The plot of this installment moves a little slowly and meanders a bit, but that is in keeping with the elderly protagonists and may have been cleverly intentional. They begin with investigating a murder that appears to be impossible and their progress is, as always, an interesting combination of May's logic and Bryant's deductive intuition. The PCU is finally slated for true termination and the eccentric group is challenged to come up with solutions rather quickly. I enjoyed every minute of this book and will happily proceed to the next one, which is downloading as I write this review. Thank you, Mr. Fowler and Mr. Goodman. You are a terrific team.

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By MS P WILSON on 07-24-16

Twists and turns throughout!

Wonderful narration of yet another intriguing story. About to look for another Christopher Fowler gem.

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By elisabeth on 06-02-15

Mispronunciation

Tim Goodman produces excellent character voices but he frequently mispronounces words, which is very irritating.

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