Bryant & May and the Burning Man, by Christopher Fowler

                  IN A NUTSHELL

Title:             Bryant & May and the Burning Man                

Author:        Christopher Fowler
Genre:           Mystery/Thriller

Publisher:     Bantam

Released?      December 15, 2015
Source:           Chicago Public Library

Rating:            4 out of 5 stars

It felt like it took forever for my name to get to the top of reserved list for this book. It was well worth the wait. This is Book 12 in the Peculiar Crimes Mystery series and there’s another due out soon.

This mystery involves murders by fire in the interim between Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day in London. Even though not assigned to solve the murders – only identify the first body, Bryant and May weasel into the case. Sometimes peculiar cases take eccentric detectives to solve them and this one is no different. This time Bryant is exhibiting some disturbing symptoms of a rare form of Alzheimer’s and May and the rest of the squad have the additional challenge of ensuring he doesn’t get lost along with working the case. Fortunately, Bryant can still solve cases even if he can’t find his way home.

As with the rest of the series, there’s plenty of quirky information on London history and more than enough twists and turns to keep this reader up most of the night to finish it.

4 out of 5 stars.



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