REVIEW - Bryant and May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler

REVIEW -  Bryant and May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler
Title: Strange Tide

Author: Christopher Fowler

Publisher: Random House

Release Date: 24th March 2016

Source: Publisher ARC

The river Thames is London’s most important yet neglected artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no-one can understand how she came to be drowned there. At the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves dealing with an impossible crime committed in a very public place. 

Soon they discover that the river is giving up other victims, but as the investigation extends from the coast of Libya to the nightclubs of North London, it proves as murkily sinister as the Thames itself. That’s only part of the problem; Bryant’s rapidly deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case, and he is confined to home. To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgement that knocks him out of action and places everyone at risk.

With the PCU staff baffled as much by their own detectives as the case, the only people who can help now are the battery of eccentrics Bryant keeps listed in his diary, but will their arcane knowledge save the day or make matters even worse? Soon there’s a clear suspect in everyone’s sights – the only thing that’s missing is any scrap of evidence.

As the detectives’ disastrous investigation comes unstuck, the whole team gets involved in some serious messing about on the river. In an adventure that’s as twisting as the river upon which it’s set, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when it’s over?

Bryant and May never fail to entertain me, their crime solving exploits have given me many hours of happy reading and this, the 13th book in the series is wonderful as always.

I have never been to London but the way it is described in these books make me want to jump on the next plane, it really is the star of these books, well after the dapper May and the wonderfully eccentric Bryant.

Strange Tide takes us to the river, the mighty Thames to be exact.  A woman is found, dead, tied up to a post.  There seems to be no way for her to have got there but she died in a very public place and nobody saw her sad demise happening.

The Peculiar Crimes Unit are on the case but their two oldest detectives are slowly going off the rails, Bryant has been having hallucinations and it is suspected he has Alzheimer's.  He is told to stay away from work, which of course he pays no attention to.

May, is the voice of reason but he has his hands full trying to keep Arthur at home and trying to solve the mystery, as the bodies start to mount up, May and the PCU are stretched to the limit.  Can they catch the murderer before one of their own becomes the fall guy?

This book was a brilliant read but out of all the books of theirs I have read so far this one really did get at my emotions as Bryant's mind starts to fail.  However like all good crime books, they should never be judged by their covers - Christopher Fowler is an expert at red herrings!

If you haven't entered the world of Bryant and May I strongly suggest you do, don't worry as well you can start at any book as they are easy to get in to without too much prior.

Thanks to Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. 13th book whoa! Other than J.R. Ward's BDB series I don't usually last past book 10. Glad this read satisfied you and that it can still remain entertaining.

  2. OMGGG, I've seen this book around but never a review until yours and I've always wondered if this book could be started with any one or I should go back to the beginning, so I am THRILLED that you said readers can start with any one!!

  3. I believe one of my local libraries has a few of these books and they sound great. I just need to figure out if I can find the first one somewhere.



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