Wild Chamber (Bryant & May, #14) by Christopher Fowler

Wild Chamber (Bryant & May, #14)

Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are back on the case in this whip-smart and wildly twisting mystery, in which a killer in London's parks is proving to be a most elusive quarry. Helen Forester's day starts like any other: Around seven in the morning, she takes her West Highland terrier for a walk in her street's private garden. But by 7:20 she is dead, strangled yet peacefully laid out on the path, her dog nowhere to be found. The only ...

Details Wild Chamber (Bryant & May, #14)

TitleWild Chamber (Bryant & May, #14)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Detective, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Wild Chamber (Bryant & May, #14)

  • Paromjit
    This is the latest installment of the offbeat, eccentric and quintessentially British series of the PCU, the Peculiar Crime Unit, with Bryant and May, which I absolutely adore, especially the old cantankerous codger who dresses as a tramp, Arthur Bryant. The central topic for the golden age detectives are London's necessary and essential parks, the wild chambers in the urban machine, we are destined to discover their arcane colourful history of c...
  • Diane S ☔
    Not only does this series entertain, it also imparts so much historical information on various British locations. In this outing, the reader learns about the background, and changing faces of the London Parks. Bryant and May, have been a team for a long time, some of the mainstream police officers consider them dinosaurs, and think they should retire. The Peculiar Crime unit, a unit of unorthodox police personal, know just how valuable they are, ...
  • Sue
    Another great entry in a very enjoyable series. Solving unusual crimes using unusual methods is the Peculiar Crimes Unit's modus operandi. And esoterica of London itself is once again included in the story as part of the investigation process. Also, the future of the PCU itself is again in jeopardy as it is being challenged to meet "productivity" goals if it is to remain in operation.This time the parks of London move front and center, as a seemi...
  • LJ
    First Sentence: On a desolate rain-battered London midnight, the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit went looking for a killer.London has many private gardens, accessible only to the residents who live around them. The gardener also has a key but doesn’t expect to find the body of a woman who’d taken her dog for a walk. She has been strangled and neatly laid out on the path, her dog missing, and the garden locked before the gardener’s arriv...
  • Gram
    Another wonderful addition to Christopher Fowler's "Bryant & May" series. The opening harks back to a previous case when London's Peculiar Crimes Unit were hunting down the Mr Punch killer and a young boy died in a road accident, partly as a result of an area of London being sealed off as the police gave chase after the murderer. Fast forward a year and the body of a young woman is found in one of London's small private parks - the keys to which ...
  • Christopher Roden
    Unique and brilliant!
  • Judy
    I can't get enough of the Bryant and May series. I hate to put pressure on Christopher Fowler, but please get back to work writing more. No, seriously, put down that pie and get back to work. I make it a point to listen to this series because between the skillful writing and the talented narration, I'm set for a long trip to my latest vacation destination.
  • Susan in NC
    Another delightful outing with Bryant and May, senior detectives of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU).As usual, the book opens with action - the PCU has had to divert London traffic on a miserable rainy night as they pursue a suspect, and a young boy is accidentally killed. Fast forward several months and his mother is found dead in a locked London park. The PCU is called in, and the book follows the following week of their fascinating but fr...
  • Tony
    Another fine piece of story-telling. Not sure what else I can say about this series other than help… I’ve reached the end and must wait three months for the next.Character development is second-to-none and after this many books I feel I know them. I hope they’ll be ok wondering aimlessly around in circles for a few months until they are dragged back into action!
  • Sivvy
    The Bryant & May series has long been a favourite, and this latest book didn't disappoint; in fact I'd say it was one of the best so far. Quirky and quintessentially British, the ongoing saga of two indeterminably old detectives and their eclectic team was gripping and funny in equal measure. With numerous quotable lines and some intelligent back stories underpinning a bizarre murder mystery centred around London's parks, this was entertaining fr...
  • Judy Lesley
    Thank you to the Amazon Vine Voices program and Bantam Books for an ARC of this novel.This is book fourteen in this series. Would I recommend that someone begin reading the series at this point? Hmm......sure, why not. But you also need to know that I never worry about that kind of thing when picking a novel to read and don't follow the advice of most who advise against jumping into a series as well established as this. It all depends on how easi...
  • Jill Meyer
    British author Christopher Fowler is back with, "Wild Chamber", a new novel in his "Bryan & May" series. Set in what might be a slightly futuristic London, Fowler's "PCU" (Peculiar Crimes Unit) is charged with investigating crimes which fall out of the normal perview of the Metropolitan Police. And the cops in the PCU are almost as peculiar themselves as the crimes they're investigating. Chief among the unit are Arthur Bryant and John May, two ol...
  • Hazel Johnstone
    500 stars!
  • Maine Colonial
    I’ve read and enjoyed all of Christopher Fowler’s Peculiar Crimes Unit books, and this was no exception. But I do have a couple of criticisms. First, I thought there weren’t enough clues for the problem-solving reader. Instead, the solution all came out in a big wad of exposition. Second, I’m getting weary of the schtick that the PCU will be shut down forever if they don’t solve the latest crime in the next day or two. It’s unnecessar...
  • Donald
    Another triumphant outing for the unlikeliest crime fighting duo. If I had a grumble, it would be that the 'PCU threatened with closure' and the 'no leads with only hours before we close down, miraculously solved at the last minute' schtick is coming to seem a bit formulaic with it happening almost every book.
  • Laura Spira
    Another excellent Bryant & May adventure from Christopher Fowler, starring all the usual suspects, even Raymond Land's one-legged pigeon nemesis. It features an unbelievable and complex plot, featuring several murders, gradually unravelled by Bryant with the help of some of his continuing hallucinations (including a particularly amusing encounter with the Queen). The atmosphere of London's parks and gardens is vividly evoked, interspersed with so...
  • Helen
    What is a park and to whom do parks belong? There are many small gated parks in London which are accessible only to the households which live right around them. They have keys and are required to keep the gate locked at all times. Many of them were created when the houses were built to provide the ladies who lived there with a safe and quiet place to come and read or sit quietly. Today the ladies mostly work and in the case of the deceased in que...
  • Diane Dickson
    I am actually giving it three and three quarters. It wasn't one of my favourites I have to say. My very favourite was probably White Corridor with Water Room a close second. This one wasn't quite as 'magical' for me. I also admit that when they were told they were going to be closed down after the weekend I thought 'yeah yeah' - maybe that plot is a little old nowI enjoyed it, the writing as always was very good but I am looking forward to the ne...
  • Susan
    Latest in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series - hard to know at this point whether it's the Crimes that are Peculiar or the Unit. This one is loaded with interesting characters and a record haul of red herrings. Thinking about it afterwards, the solution was not the systematic logical denouement I prefer in murder mystery/police procedural fiction; but in this case I enjoyed the ride so much I didn't notice. I love these guys. Looking forward to the ...
  • Susan Walker
    I had never read this series before and thoroughly enjoyed this book. The two detectives are very different characters. The London settings are fun to read about.
  • Boris Feldman
    Not unlike Bryant and May themselves, Christopher Fowler is running out of steam. I have been a yuuuge fan of the duo and the series. But, dayyenu. Number 14 read as if assembled by a team, from prefab modules of text collected from the prior novels.The central plot was clever and unpredictable. But cuteness can become terminal, and it has here.
    In "Bryant and May: Wild Chamber," by Christopher Fowler, an unidentified assailant takes the life of a well-to-do businesswoman in a locked garden to which access is restricted. Other murders follow, but the officers of the Peculiar Crime Unit are stymied in their efforts to pinpoint a motive and make an arrest. Although Senior Investigator Arthur Bryant occasionally has spells during which he hallucinations about the past ("the dreams feel very...
  • Trudi Hauxwell
    I'm a huge fan of the Bryant & May novels by Christopher Fowler and have read them all with relish. They're particularly fun for me as a Londoner and a history nerd. The author blends historical fact with fiction so well that on occasion I have found myself fact-checking several of the novels in order to distinguish between historical fact and flights of the author's fancy.Crime buffs will notice straight away that this story is a variation on a ...
  • Annie
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.This is the 15th book for Christopher Fowler's quirky Peculiar Crimes Unit, fronted by the delightfully weird duo, Bryant & May. Published 5th December, 2017 by Random House, it's available in hardcover, ebook and audio versions.I've never really found anything that is similar to the PCU novels. They all have an impossible crime feeling with weird/supernatural overtones which are completely exploded...
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    Nailed it, once again. I always laugh or at least chuckle during parts of each of these books, but this time, near the end, I was straight up laughing loudly with the antics the Peculiar Crimes Unit did to keep their specialized police unit from being shuttered. This isn't your average series and definitely not your run of the mill police series. They are all oddballs in one way or another and yet, as a team, they come together with their own ind...
  • Erunyauve
    The young complain that their elders are stuck in the past; the old are the past preserved. What can we throw off, and what should we keep? And can we change just enough, as we grow older, to remain relevant? These are the questions Arthur Bryant's friends and foes are asking in 'Wild Chamber', and these are the questions Arthur is asking himself. Does he still have a place in this world? He is visited by figures from the past, a phenomenon he is...
  • Laurie
    The story starts with a ‘locked room’ murder- a woman is killed in a locked park, accessible only to flat owners and the gardener. The gardener doesn’t look good for the crime, but who else could have gotten in and back out when there is only one key per flat owner? The crime is odd enough that it lands in the laps of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Bryant and May are the old codgers who are the heart of the PCU. May plays straight man to Bryant...
  • Hilary
    Wild Chamber, a Bryant and May book and as fascinating as ever in one of my favourite series. Each book can be read as a standalone but I believe for most enjoyment they are best read in order, or at least begun earlier in the series. A vast history of the Peculiar Crimes Unit and the various relationships of its' members and associates has built up over many years and adds immeasurably to the overall pleasure. Some particular comments or unexpec...
  • Michael
    I cannot get enough of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, and its two senior octogenarian detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May. In this latest installment, the gentlemanly May and the easily distracted, disheveled, seemingly addled Bryant, encounter a more serious evildoer, one who takes to murdering a series of women in London's public parks, and gently posing the corpses upon completion of the deed. The story begins with an accident that is the result...