Wild Chamber

Wild Chamber

Bryant and May Series, Book 14

eBook - 2017
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Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are back on the case in this whip-smart and wildly twisting mystery, in which a killer in London's parks is proving to be a most elusive quarry. Helen Forester's day starts like any other: Around seven in the morning, she takes her West Highland terrier for a walk in her street's private garden. But by 7:20 she is dead, strangled yet peacefully laid out on the path, her dog nowhere to be found. The only other person in the locked space is the gardener, who finds the body and calls the police. He expects proper cops to arrive, but what he gets are Bryant, May, and the wily members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Before the detectives can make any headway on the case, a second woman is discovered in a public park, murdered in nearly identical fashion. Bryant, recovering from a health scare, delves into the arcane history of London's cherished green spaces, rife with class drama, violence, and illicit passions. But as a devious killer continues to strike, Bryant and May struggle to connect the clues, not quite seeing the forest for the trees. Now they have to think and act fast to save innocent lives, the fate of the city's parks, and the very existence of the PCU. An irresistibly witty, inventive blend of history and suspense, Bryant & May: Wild Chamber is Christopher Fowler in classic form. Praise for Christopher Fowler's ingenious novels featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit "Fowler, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive."—Entertainment Weekly "Captivating."—The Seattle Times "[A] guilty pleasure."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "[Fowler] takes delight in stuffing his books with esoteric facts; together with a cast of splendidly eccentric characters [and] corkscrew plots, wit, verve and some apposite social commentary, they make for unbeatable fun."—The Guardian "Dazzling."—The Denver Post "The most delightfully, wickedly entertaining duo in crime fiction."—The Plain Dealer "Thrilling."—Chicago Tribune
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 2017
ISBN: 9781101887073
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020

JOANNE'S MYSTERY PICKS

The Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate the murder of a woman whose body was found in a private garden. She’s been strangled but her body is lovingly positioned. Before the body is even cold, another murder takes place – another woman, in a park, with her body positioned.

With these two murders, the Unit pulls out all the stops to find the killer. Fowler takes us on a wild ride around London, with Arthur Bryant in the driver’s seat as we are treated to a delicious history of its green spaces. Little by little, Arthur puts together the pieces of the puzzle, relying on his great wealth of the arcane and the help of his retinue of strange acquaintances.

This is such a clever, brilliant novel, ripe with British humour that you can’t help but laugh as you turn page after page. Fowler is a master of wordplay and this novel doesn’t disappoint. The characters are funny and colorful and as he builds up the suspense, we are almost holding our breath. Once you start reading this book, you won’t want to put it down until you’ve reached the last page. That’s what happened to me!

JessicaGma Apr 04, 2018

I was thrilled to see another PCU mystery as I have enjoyed every episode of the series, even with some of the secondary characters getting short shrift....Nefarious events are afoot in London's parks and it's up to the PCU to save the day. Bryant is hallucinating history, Land is still confused, and the rest of the team is there to put the bits together to solve the case.

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