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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Bryant and May
Mystery readers are a strange lot. The rules for writing mystery novels were codified in 1928 since then few successful writers have veered from the path. We become possessive of "our" sleuth, his locale, methods and idiosyncrasies. It's one of the few genres that never age, readers re-read each novel over and over.
I'll let you in on my favorite series, the Byrant and May Peculiar Crimes Unit novels by Christopher Fowler.
The Peculiar Crimes Unit, a London Metropolitan Police detachment, was established during the Second World War to handle especially sensitive or heinous crimes. Bryant and May, the lead detectives, were young men then, fighting above their weight, using whatever methods were available to ensure justice was served.
In subsequent novels, the team aged, but their mission did not. Bryant and May are called whenever an especially sensitive case, one to hot for the Met, comes calling.
If you enjoy a good murder mystery, especially one with local lure, filled with arcania give Fowler's works a go. You won't be disappointed.