Christopher Fowler has won widespread critical acclaim for his award-winning mysteries featuring the eccentric detective team of Arthur Bryant and John May. The erstwhile members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit are left out in the cold when the unit is shut down, but then a beheading prompts their recall. "Fowler's unique blend of the comic and grotesque is on full display in this excellent seventh Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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by Christopher Fowler
"Filled with the quirky characters we expect from English mysteries, this novel has charm and wit as Detectives Bryant and May, of Scotland Yard's Peculiar Crimes Unit, go about their crime solving. Tim Goodman clearly communicates Bryant's expositions on the little-known history of the setting, King's Cross, London, giving insight as to why the police establishment is frustrated with the PCU. The PCU has been officially disbanded, but May gathers the octogenarian Bryant to address a politically sensitive series of ghastly crimes in the developing area of King's Cross. Without police resources, this band of sleuths uses their unique skills, each with his or her own voice and accent. Little surprises Bryant even when he's faced with a man wearing a stag's head. N.K.L. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"