Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood

Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood : (Bryant & May Book 9)

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The defenestration of a ruthless theatre impresario's young son was definitely not the best way to end the play's first night party. And the crime scene itself was most unusual: a locked bedroom, with no sign of forced entry, no prints or traces of blood, just a sinister, life-size puppet of Mr Punch lying on the floor...

Everyone at the party - from the dodgy producer and rakish male lead to the dour set designer and the assistant stage manager (the wild daughter of a prominent civil servant) - is a suspect.

It's a perfect case for Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit but the Home Office, wary of the PCU's eccentric methods and intensely aware of the potential political embarrassment, wants them off the investigation.

The elderly detectives are not so easily deterred, however. Delving into the history of London theatre and the gruesome origins of 'Punch and Judy', they uncover a maniacal killer is at work - one who must be caught before it's curtains for everyone!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 22mm | 241g
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857500945
  • 9780857500946
  • 150,747

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"A sense of the macabre combined with laugh-out-loud moments and eccentric characters are set against a lovingly realised London backdrop"
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"Excellent... plotted with wit and intelligence" * THE TIMES * "A sense of the macabre combined with laugh-out-loud moments and eccentric characters are set against a lovingly realised London backdrop" * DAILY TELEGRAPH * "Charming and quirky... a pleasurably intelligent read" * FINANCIAL TIMES *
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About Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler is the author of more than forty novels (sixteen of which feature the detectives Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit) and many short story collections. A multiple award-winner, including the coveted CWA `Dagger in the Library', Chris has also written screenplays, video games, graphic novels, audio plays and two acclaimed memoirs, Paperboy and Film Freak. His most recent non-fiction book is The Book of Forgotten Authors. Chris divides his time between London's King's Cross and Barcelona. You can find out more by visiting his website and following him on Twitter.
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1,661 ratings
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4 47% (774)
3 18% (293)
2 2% (31)
1 1% (14)
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