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Full Dark House

Full Dark House - Christopher Fowler

bookshelves: published-1994, mystery-thriller, fraudio, autumn-2011, amusing, wwii, britain-england, period-piece, art-forms, music, play-dramatisation, gothic, series

Recommended for: Gerry, Libbeth etc
Read from November 06 to 08, 2011

 



Author..................... Christopher Fowler
Narrator.................. Tim Goodman
Abr/Unabr.............. Unabridged
Genre................... Fiction - Mystery
Source................... CD
Series Name..............Bryant and May
Total Runtime......... 13 Hours 25 Mins



blurbies - The story opens with a member of one of London's most unusual police units being blown up in his office. He is John May, partner to Arthur Bryant, who now starts to investigate his death. The search takes Bryant back to the time of their first meeting in 1940. London is struggling to survive the Blitz when a beautiful dancer is found without her feet. Bryant and May's investigation uncovers a weird gothic mystery, involving a killer who appears to be faceless. In the present day, May speculates whether that old adversary might be the killer. He needs to solve a riddle that began more than 50 years earlier. It is a tense, clever novel which keeps one riveted from the first page.

There was a four candles moment in this phantom of the opera-esque mystery.

My main peeve, and it is not just in connection with this particular novel, is why does a bog-standard murder-mystery have to run to nigh-on 500 pages. Too big for its own boots.

 

Edgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting new mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department's Peculiar Crimes Unit.