The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 28, 2006 - Fiction - 384 pages
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They are detection’s oddest couple: two cranky detectives whose professional partnership dates back half a century. Now Arthur Bryant and John May return in a case of multiple murder that twists through a subterranean course of the secrets, lies, and extreme passions that drive even ordinary men and women to the most shocking crimes….

They are living legends with a reputation for solving even the trickiest cases using unorthodox, unconventional, and often completely unauthorized methods. But the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed by Detectives John May and Arthur Bryant is one mistake away from being shut down for good. And when the elderly sister of Bryant’s friend is found dead in the basement of her decrepit house in Kentish Town, they find themselves on the verge of making exactly that mistake.

According to the coroner, Ruth Singh’s heart simply stopped beating. But why was a woman who rarely left the house fully dressed for an outing? And why was there river water in her throat? Convinced that the old lady didn’t die a natural death, the detectives delve into a murky case with no apparent motive, no forensics, and no clues. And they’ve barely launched their investigation when death claims another victim. Suddenly they discover some very unnatural behavior surrounding Ruth Singh’s death by “natural” causes—from shady real estate developers and racist threats to two troubled marriages, from a dodgy academician working London’s notorious “grey economy” to a network of antiquities collectors obsessed with Egyptian mythology. And running beneath it all are the sweeping tentacles of London’s vast and forgotten underground river system. As the rains pour down and the water rises, Bryant and May must rely on instinct, experience, and their own very peculiar methods to stem a tide of evil that threatens to drown them all.

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I enjoyed the premise and the end was memorable. - Goodreads
Not completely convinced by the plot. - Goodreads
Wonderful prose and eccentric Brits. - Goodreads
A good style of writing and interesting characters. - Goodreads
The writing was good. - Goodreads
This is mystery writing at it's best. - Goodreads

Review: The Water Room (Bryant & May #2)

User Review  - Carissa - Goodreads

Mystery, history, and character! I loved it. Bryant and May are wonderful as elderly detectives. The richness of their dark, modern London is captivating. History stacked upon the esoteric chased by mystery. Read full review

Review: The Water Room (Bryant & May #2)

User Review  - Doris Cook - Goodreads

one of the Bryant & May series or the peculiar crimes unit in London. Read full review

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Page 2 - And though home is a name , a word , it is a strong one ; stronger than magician ever spoke , or spirit answered to, in strongest conjuration.
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About the author (2006)

Christopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of fourteen previous novels, including the first four Bryant & May novels, Full Dark House, which won the BFS August Derleth Novel of the Year Award and was nominated for a Barry Award, The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, and Ten Second Staircase. He lives in London, where he is at work on his sixth novel featuring Arthur Bryant and John May.

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