I already reviewed this book back in March, but as it’s coming out tomorrow and I like it so much I wanted to give it a bit more attention! It was a marvellous and mesmerising book that drew me in like books I used to read as a child or teen. With a convincing and invigoratingly new world to explore, interesting characters, well sustained mysteries and beautiful writing.
Blazing riots besiege London following a banking scandal, and during one of them a homeless man gets killed. When he’s followed by another victim, and another, all of whom killed brutally with fire, the Peculiar Crimes Unit with the elderly, eccentric but effective Arthur Bryant and John May gets in on the action. With his unorthodox methods, forays into London’s history and varied assembled team, Bryant focuses on finding the killer – before he loses himself.
I had the privilege to interview author Christopher Fowler about this, the twelfth book in the popular Bryant and May series. It was my first – so please forgive stupidity when I’ve missed out on important things from earlier in the series! Here’s my quick review and the interview: