Sunday 29 March 2015

Bryant & May and The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler

Thanks to Sophie Christopher, Press Officer from Transworld Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.....

It is October and London is under siege, banks are been targeted with violent protests due to a banking scandal thanks to insider dealings.   A mob descends on the financial square mile a petrol bomb is thrown into a doorway where a homeless man is sleeping. Sadly, he does not survive.  What looks like a horrific accident soon proves to be the start of something more sinister as further fire related deaths occur in subsequent days.  Here we meet Arthur Bryant and his partner John May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit as they are drawn in to investigate.  As the body count rises, it's a race against time to catch the killer and a game of cat and mouse ensues. There are twists and turns aplenty as suspects are investigated and links between characters are uncovered.

This is the latest novel in the Bryant and May series but can easily be enjoyed as a standalone without having read any previous installments.  I was unfamiliar with this duo but I'm glad to have discovered them through this book. This is the twelfth novel by Christopher Fowler and I will definitely read more of his work.   I really liked and enjoyed this book, however I felt that it dipped slightly in the middle but gathered pace again as I raced towards the end of it.  I really liked the characters of Bryant and May.  As I was reading it, they reminded me and I could picture in my head, Detective Inspector Jack Regan (John Thaw) and Sergeant George Carter (Dennis Waterman) from the tv series The Sweeney or D.C.I. Frank Burnside (Christopher Ellison) and DC Alfred "Tosh" Lines (Kevin Lloyd) from The Bill.  If you're a fan of Whitechapel, Sherlock Holmes, The Bill or The Sweeney then this book is for you.

This is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores.

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