by Christopher Fowler
The Bryant and May mysteries are uniquely entertaining. The Peculiar Crimes Unit has kept readers turning the pages ever since Full Dark House was published in 2003.
Here is a long book that is filled with 49 chapters about London. The book is set up as a series of entries that can be read in any order. There are sarcasm, humor and facts in these pages. A few of the chapter headings include A Big Lump of Rock, A Town Named After a Drain; A Sweet and Comfortable Recreation, and The Longest Running Play. Dip in and out in a leisurely fashion.
Readers may themselves need to be mildly eccentric to fully appreciate this title. For example, The Longest Running Play, is about Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. The detectives hardly give it an adoring review.
There is always something to consider in these pages which feature Bryant and May and many who know them. This book is recommended to open minded readers who are not looking for a typical guidebook.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 06 December 2022
2 thoughts on “They know the city: Bryant & May: Peculiar London”
Joyce, does the book mention that Bryant and May manufactured matches? When I was a child, it was a British company also in Australia. However, in early 1987 it ceased Australian match production of their iconic Redheads matches.
That is so interesting
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