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Bryant and May and the Invisible Code (edition 2012)

by Christopher Fowler

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Title:Bryant and May and the Invisible Code
Authors:Christopher Fowler (Author)
Info:London: Doubleday, 2012.
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, male author, british, england, london, crime, male detective, police procedural, bryant and may, peculiar crimes unit, supernatural, doubleday, random house, series-10th, bookshelf12, gift, birthday gift, read2012, TIOLI

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Bryant & May and the Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler

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I have read a couple of these “Peculiar Crimes Unit” mysteries, and I enjoyed them – but to be perfectly honest, I just couldn’t muster up the interest to finish this one. I enjoyed the bits about Bryant and May’s personal lives and opinions, but the subject of the mystery was a spoiled, uncooperative woman, and I had absolutely no interest in reading any more about her. Sorry ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
The Invisible Code is a British police procedural novel with a twist. It is in fact, a part of a series called the Peculiar Crimes Mystery Unit. This is the 10th novel in the series, and I can hardly wait to delve backwards into the preceding mysteries.

Author Christopher Fowler has crafted witty dialog to go along with mysterious, sometimes bizarre plot lines. His two Senior detectives Arthur Bryant and John May, are older men who are accidentally hilarious, though fairly astute at cutting through the mystery to find resolution to the cases that come their way. In The Invisible Code, a young woman drops dead from unknown causes, but she had been reading Rosemary's Baby, and there were some children nearby playing witchcraft games at the time...

In a supposedly unrelated case, the Home Office politician that the two detectives disdain, Oskar Kasavian, calls them into his office to ask that they monitor and protect his stunningly beautiful Albanian wife, offering them "a permanent guarantee of official status within the City of London police structure," if they agree to take on this task. (See why I'm curious about what has happened in previous novels?) Mrs. Kasavian has apparently gotten mixed up with some witchcraft too.

I am happy to have discovered this author and this series, particularly since I see that one of Fowler's previous novels won the Crimefest's Last Laugh award for funniest mystery novel! ( )
  vcg610 | Jan 9, 2016 |
Bryant and May and amazed when Oskar Kasavian,their usually antagonistic boss asks them to investigate his wife.She is acting strangely and her behaviour is causing concern among the wives of his colleagues.
When several deaths occur which seem to be linked to Mrs Kasavian,the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit are brought in.
As always,this is a well thought-out book which is unusual enough to be described as unique in crime fiction. ( )
  devenish | Jun 24, 2014 |
From the syntax, to the humor, and the subject matter, this is thoroughly British, not one of the washed out versions we are used to seeing portrayed by American television or books. Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May work for the Peculiar Crimes Unit. They get involved in cases that are, how shall we say, out of the ordinary. This is rather fitting for Detective Bryant, as he is a bit out of the ordinary himself. Unlike his partner May, Bryant is older, pushing the boundaries of retirement. He is subject to memory lapses and gastric eruptions. His thought processes are a mystery to most of his colleagues, but his successes in solving the strangest cases are legendary. He will need all of this as his long time nemesis, Oskar Kasavian, head of Home Office Security, has called him in on a private investigation. Kasavian's trophy wife, Sabira, is having manic episodes, lashing out at the wives of her husband's colleagues. She believes she is being stocked and that her life is in danger. . Detective Bryant is astounded that Kasavian would even consider asking the Peculiar Crimes Unit to help him, but Kasavian's job as head of Home Office Security is in the balance. Bryant also suspects there may be a connection with the mysterious death of a young woman in a local church. There are no clues to the cause of her death, but the woman was acting strangely just prior to collapsing in the church, a perfect case for the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Are the two cases connected? Detective Bryant is sure to find out. The book is good fun with some winning characters. Book provided for review by Bantam Books. ( )
  Ronrose1 | Feb 6, 2014 |
The Peculiar Crimes Unit is tasked with a most unusual case: their boss, Oskar Kasavian, who has made no secret of his dislike of the unit, is entrusting them with finding out what is wrong with his wife. Sabira has been acting erratically, and with her talk of an evil presence, it sounds like something right up the alley of Bryant and May and the gang. Meanwhile, the unit is also investigating the mysterious death of a young woman in St Bride's Church. If there's a connection to the Home Office mystery, they'd all better watch their steps…

Overall this was a good PCU book. The pace was a bit slow at first, or I just took a while to get into it, but it picked up halfway through. This time around I was really more involved in the details of the city of London, as furnished by Bryant (and at one point, either Dan or Colin, whose detail-laden commentary I didn't buy -- only Bryant can get away with monologues like that). It's not a book I'd suggest starting out with, but if you're already familiar with the gang, it's a pleasant diversion. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jan 27, 2014 |
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Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy.
-- Spike Milligan
'It started with me, it ends with me.'
-- Unnamed teenager, when asked about the history of London
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For Peter Chapman
(US edition) For Jennifer Siegel, smart cookie, good egg, hot tamale
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Two of London's sharpest minds within the Peculiar Crimes Unit are faced with one of the most bizarre cases of their careers as an ill-timed death, a powerful curse, a crazy dowager, and a dead photographer lead them into a world of madness, codes, and the secret of London's strangest relic.… (more)

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