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Book Review – Bryant and May and The Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler

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Londoner Christopher Fowler has built up a wide readership for his endearing creations, detectives Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

He has just published his eleventh book in the series, Bryant & May and The Bleeding Heart which finds our elderly detectives finding their unit being transferred into the City of London and under threat from Public Liaison Officer Orion Banks who considers the detectives as more Thompson Twins rather than Holmes and Watson.

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St George’s Gardens

However strange events at St George’s Gardens in Bloomsbury set off a trail of events that lead Bryant and May plus colleagues to the Tower of London, The Museum of London and the Bleeding Heart Tavern near Hatton Gardens.

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Bleeding Heart Tavern

With nothing quite as it seems, the Peculiar Crimes Unit resources are stretched to cope with the many strands of the complex investigation. Even Bryant and May began to suspect they are being manipulated by the sinister Mr Merry.

Award winning Fowler’s real talent is to intertwine London past and present with a series of often offbeat and colourful characters.

His knowledge of this part of London allows some of its macabre past to be resurrected to keep the plot both strangely surreal yet rooted in the harsh reality of modern London.

This considerable balancing act and the ability to provide believable and sympathetic characters show a writer at the top of his game.

In the preface to this book, Fowler states that one of the secrets of the longevity of a detective series is that you mustĀ find the balance between familiarity and freshness. The Bleeding Heart succeeds on both counts and offers the regular and the new reader plenty to enjoy.

If you are interested in stories based on the London’s often gruesome and bizarre past but would also like some insight into modern London life this is a book for you.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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