The memory of blood : a peculiar crimes unit mystery

by Fowler, Christopher,

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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Christopher Fowler's acclaimed Peculiar Crimes Unit novels crackle with sly wit, lively suspense, and twists as chilling as London's fog. Now the indomitable duo of Arthur Bryant and John May, along with the rest of their quirky team, return to solve a confounding case with dark ties to the British theater and a killer who may mean curtains for all involved.

For the crew of the New Strand Theatre, the play The Two Murderers seems less performance than prophecy when a cast party ends in the shocking death of the theater owner's son. The crime scene is most unusual, even for Bryant and May. In a locked bedroom without any trace of fingerprints or blood, the only sign of disturbance is a gruesome life-size puppet of Mr. Punch laying on the floor. Everyone at the party is a suspect, including the corrupt producer, the rakish male lead, the dour set designer, and the assistant stage manager, who is the wild daughter of a prominent government official.

It's this last fact that threatens the Peculiar Crimes Unit's investigation, as the government's Home Office, wary of the team's eccentric methods, seeks to throw them off the case. But the nimble minds of Bryant and May are not so easily deterred. Delving into the history of the London theater and the disturbing origins of Punch and Judy, the detectives race to find the maniacal killer before he reaches his even deadlier final act. 

Whip-smart and endlessly entertaining, The Memory of Blood is an ingeniously intricate mystery from the deliciously inventive Christopher Fowler.

Praise for The Memory of Blood
"[ The Memory of Blood ] breathes new life into the locked-room mystery. . . . Spiced with a little screwball-comedy dialogue and a touch of the occult."-- The Washington Post
"Great fun."-- The Seattle Times
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) is the black sheep of London's Metropolitan Police Force. This dubious division, originally formed to tackle politically prickly, high-profile cases, has gained infamy for its unorthodox methods and quirky staff. Heading the PCU are two senior and senior-citizen detectives: the bumbling but brilliant Arthur Bryant and the uberfastidious John May. In this ninth installment in Fowler's irreverent series, Bryant, May, and cronies investigate the murder of an infant at a theater cast party. The victim's father is theater owner Robert Julius Kramer, a nefarious real-estate agent long on funds and short on aesthetic sensibility. The child was killed in a locked room of Kramer's opulent London penthouse, where the only possible perpetrator seems to be a Mr. Punch (of Punch and Judy fame). Fowler serves up his usual lively blend of intriguing mystery and wicked wit. He vividly evokes his native London, where the King Charles I Pub had the Smiths on the jukebox, animal heads on the walls and a clientele that often ended up on the floor. --Block, Allison Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A nasty locked-room mystery involving the murder of an infant-and implicating an inanimate oversized Mr. Punch puppet as the killer-kicks off Fowler's stellar eighth Peculiar Crimes Unit caper (after 2010's Bryant & May off the Rails). The PCU's ace detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, investigate the death of Noah Kramer, newborn son of theater impresario Robert Kramer, during a cast party for the London stage mystery The Two Murderers. They determine that someone involved with the production had to be responsible-but who, and why? When cast members begin dying in accordance with the plot of the historical Punch and Judy puppet show, the detectives immerse themselves in an intrigue involving adultery, professional jealousies, and threats to national security. Fowler makes the most of his odd couples' personality traits-Bryant's eccentric pedantry, May's hard-boiled attitude-amid his trademark mix of whimsical humor and macabre thrills. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Bryant and May mysteries
#1 - Full dark house
#2 - The Water room
#3 - Seventy-seven clocks
#4 - Ten second staircase
#5 - White corridor
#6 - The Victoria vanishes
#7 - Bryant & May on the loose
#8 - Bryant & May off the rails
#9 - The Memory of blood
#10 - The Invisible code
#11 - Bryant & May and the Bleeding heart
#12 - The Burning man
#13 - Strange tide
#14 - Wild chamber
#15 - Hall of mirrors
#16 - The Lonely hour
#17 - England's finest
#18 - Oranges and lemons
#19 - London Bridge is falling down
Subjects May, John -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Bryant, Arthur -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Police -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Children -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Bantam Books,2011
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xii, 333 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780345528636
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