Author: Christopher Fowler
Rating: 4 Stars
Review By: Shana
This book was not exactly as advertised, though I enjoyed it anyway. Some of the blurbs about the book, not to mention the name of the unit in question (Peculiar Crimes Unit), suggested a paranormal, supernatural, and/or occult twist. Though there is plenty of theorizing, outside the box thinking, a medium, and the suggestion of the inexplicable, this ends up being more classic British mystery accented by theatrical overtones and an odd couple detective partnering.
The partnership in question, of the intellectually adventuresome and eccentric Bryant and the more stolid and analytical May, is promising. With the flashback nature of the story (mostly set in early WWII London, but fast-forwarded to the 21st century), the reader will know from the beginning that both detectives will survive their first case and that it is the start of a four-decade pairing.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...