Bryant & May: Oranges and Lemons
by Christopher Fowler
Fowler’s Bryant & May series is a trivia lovers’ dream. Filled with arcane and esoteric facts they’re a treasure-trove of the weird and wonderful, the fantastic and fabulous.
When the Speaker of the House of Commons is nearly killed in an absurd “accident” involving a van unloading oranges and lemons, the investigation is turned over to the Peculiar Crimes Unit. However, they’d been disbanded and had all gone their own way. Scrabbling to get them back together and finding a new center of operations is no mean feat! They are joined by a new recruit – Sydney – a young woman who seems to “ring a bell” with some of the team.
Meanwhile the perpetrator of the incident involving the Speaker has upped his game and now has a murder to answer for. But he is not finished yet as he continues his barrage on churches following the lines of the old nursery rhyme: “Oranges and Lemons”, and adding to his list of the murdered and injured. Bryant pulls out all the stops as he consults the magicians, white witches and sundry others of his followers to complete the picture of the murderer and bring him to justice.
Clever twists and turns and surprises around every corner make this episode in the annals of the PCU as entertaining as those that have gone before. The quirkiness and eccentricity of the characters provides a laugh on every page.
It’s a great read from the very first page.