Seventy-Seven Clocks (Bryant & May, #3) by Christopher Fowler

Seventy-Seven Clocks (Bryant & May, #3)

The odd couple of detection — the brilliant but cranky detectives of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit — return in a tense, atmospheric new thriller that keeps you guessing until the final page. This time Bryant and May are up against a series of bizarre murders that defy human understanding — and a killer no human hand may be able to stop.A mysterious stranger in outlandish Edwardian garb defaces a painting in the National Gallery. Then a gues...

Details Seventy-Seven Clocks (Bryant & May, #3)

TitleSeventy-Seven Clocks (Bryant & May, #3)
Release DateNov 29th, 2005
PublisherBantam Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Seventy-Seven Clocks (Bryant & May, #3)

  • Claude
    A very enjoyable read, mostly, I think, because of Sam, a totally likeable young woman, who kept me interested. I must say that the more I read, the more totally unlikely the whole story appeared and yet, I kept going to the very end. So there it is, a totally unbelievable story line, but somehow quite a fascinating one.
  • Chris
    3.5 stars. This one's about a Bryant and May case from the early 1970s. If anyone guesses whodunnit on this one, I will be beyond surprised!
  • Wisconsin
    I love this author, love the senior citizen characters, and the truly odd crimes. I was concerned how Fowler would keep the series going with the heros being so old, but this is a story being told to a reporter. It really doesn't matter what order you read this series as it goes back and forth. This is the fourth book for me, and I will read all of them eventually.
  • Ellie
    Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler is a part of Fowler's Bryant & May series. Bryant and May are members of the current day London police force but they are in many ways throwbacks to the Victorian era. The novels read like Agatha Christie/Sherlock Holmes through a contemporary filter. They-the books and the heroes-are funny and sweet and eccentric.In Seventy-Seven Clocks, the series moves back in time to the beginning of the PCU (Peculia...
  • Adam Stone
    Seventy Seventy Clocks is the third book in the Bryant and May series and although I enjoyed reading the book with its outlandish plot twists and turns and ending I did find this book to be a bit to far fetched (when compared to the others that I have read) for my liking, but it was a very enjoyable read all the same. I think this is due to the writing which is always interesting to read and is often rather witty and clever. I did like all the li...
  • Helen
    This is, I think, the third time I've read this and I certainly appreciate it more this time, perhaps because I'm able to let the narration have its way.The best way to summarise the plot is from the back of the book:"A mysterious stranger in outlandish Edwardian garb defaces a painting in the Naational Gallery. Then a guest at the Savoy Hotel is fatally bitten by what appears to be a marshland snake.... Art vandalism, an exploding suspect, porno...
  • Ensiform
    The third Bryant and May detective mystery, this one is set in 1973. An eccentric man in Edwardian garb defaces a Waterhouse in the National Gallery. A series of grotesque murders, with a wide variety of modus operandis – snakebite, explosion, throat-cutting, hallucinogenic – take place. The Edwardian fellow and his brother are killed. A lawyer dies trying to pick up a folder of blackmail materials. Many more deaths pile up as the detectives ...
  • LJ
    SEVENTY-SEVEN CLOCKS (Police Procedural-London-1973) – GFowler, Christopher – 3rd in seriesDoubleday, 2005- UK HardcoverArthur Bryant and John May are members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit and their newest case is a perfect fit. A man dies from Cottonmouth snake venom in the lobby of the Savoy; another in blown up by a bomb make of silver and gold and a third from rat poison in face powder. All the deaths relate back to the wealthy Whitstable f...
  • Judy
    Octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are back in their third outing in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series and, while set in 1973, readers get a look back to discover how the pair became partners during World War II. As usual, the crimes that they are called upon to solve are peculiar indeed--a lawyer is found dead in a hotel lobby from a snake bite, a pre-Raphaelite painting in the National Gallery is vandalized by a man in Edwardian g...
  • Sarah
    A very entertaining read and charming characters. Only three stars because although it is very well written, the story is extremely far-fetched!
  • Marie
    Under a different star system, I might have given it three, but I didn't particularly like it. First things first. I've not read anything in the steampunk (or so I'd call it) style before, and the time period (1970s) isn't one I've read much in either.This is the first book in the series that I have picked up, and unfortunately it didn't make much of an impression. That little (if any) time was spent catching up new readers to the characters and ...
  • Nancy Oakes
    Technically, this one I'd probably rate like a 3.5 or so (when are we going to get this option?)I've read four books in this series now, and this one wasn't my favorite, although it is still quite good. In this, the 3rd installment of the Bryant and May mysteries (of the Peculiar Crimes Unit), the two detectives and the others of the PCU are faced with the fact that someone is out to get the Whitstable family and is killing them off by incredibly...
  • Spuddie
    #3 Bryant & May British police procedural featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit. This mystery goes back in time again, to 1973, telling the story of how the PCU investigated the deaths of several members of the noble Whitstable family, members of the fabled Watchmaker's Guild and (they believe) another secret society within the guild. These strange murders, all with a different MO (and all the methods of death very odd indeed) are obviously tied tog...
  • Ken
    Here is another Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) mystery. This time, elderly detectives Bryant and May look back upon a case they worked in 1973. A bizarre attack on a rather unimportant painting gets their attention -- but it's the murders that follow compel them to work the case. These aren't any ordinary murders: one by one, members of the Whitstable family, old money and upper-class, are being picked off. The methods of killing are bizarre, and evi...
  • Bettie☯
    fraudiopub 2005spring 2012seriestbr bustingmysteryVictorian era Australian artamusingperiod piecebr - english - Londonwitches Poison! ONOES.brotherhood/societies John Ruskin Cotton mouth15 hours 34 mins Blurb - The newspapers referred to it as the case of the seventy seven clocks. There was quite a fuss at the time. We got into terrible trouble. Dear fellow, it was one of our most truly peculiar cases. I remember as if it was yesterday.' In fact,...
  • Keri
    I’m growing very fond of this series, despite - or maybe due to - its improbable storylines. That’s to be expected from Scotland Yard’s PCU (Peculiar Crimes Unit), though, and the very implausibility is what gives it its charm. This episode is set in 1973, which was neat - modern era, but before cell phones and PC’s. Starts off with a lively, two-prong bang: the bizarre poisoning death of an elderly man in the lobby of the famous Savoy Ho...
  • Joseph Teller
    This is part of the Bryant & May Peculiar Crimes Mystery series, and is one of the better ones in the series. The events in the book are set in 1973 and basically are taken from Bryants biographer's attempt to gather case details from him about their more unusual cases.In this case it involves a series of crimes that seem at first unconnected, and for which the motive and who is performing them appear to be out of reach of the detectives for near...
  • Doug Beatty
    Christopher Fowler does it again with another Bryant and May Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery! This one takes place in the 1970's and is one of the early cases when the PCU has first been formed... and what a case it turns out to be. There are several murders, each one seeming to be more bizarre than the last. And, a gentleman in Edwardian garb enters an art gallery and manages to destroy a painting that was on loan from Australia. Later, this same m...
  • Colleen
    Oh I like these books. This while not my favorite of the ones I've read was still engrossing. A suprisingly dense book--the paperback seemed slim when I started it, but it's 450 pages--and I marathon read like 300 of those in a setting. I was so baffled who the killer was, who was doing this (picking off the descendents of a Victorian watchmaker) that I wanted to keep going but it was so late and there were so many pages left.Really much credit f...
  • Susan
    This book started out interesting enough and I was enjoying the story. However, toward the end it went from a peculiar crime to a downright ridiculous tale. I don't even think I quite understood why all the murders were happening, either, it was so 'out there'. When there was action, the author did a wonderful job and I felt I was there with the wonderful descriptions and sense of place. However, one of the instances with a characters was so stra...
  • Kyrie
    I think if I reread it, I might bump it up to "really liked it". There was so much going on and the bit at the end was very confusing to me, and a bit unreal. I haven't found the other ones to be quite so fanciful. Of course, this is supposed to be a memory of Bryant, so it's very possible the author let loose, figuring he could blame it on Bryant's imagination and embellishments. I did laugh out loud at several swipes he took at the upper crust....
  • Alistair
    For some reason I equate these books to television programmes in my mind.“Old Dark House” -“Scooby-Doo” “The Water Room” - a documentary about London’s rivers and this one - “Midsomer Murders” a very’ British’ murder series."Seventy-Seven Clocks" is hard to review without giving out spoilers, so I will do my best. Firstly, it was vast improvement on the previous “Water Room”, which felt at times like a school lecture.The...
  • Gypsi
    Detectives Bryant and May run London's Peculiar Crimes Unit, where the most unusual cases get investigated. In this third book of the series, a spate of bizarre murders comes to their attention. In investigating these connected deaths, they find themselves researching a Victorian tontine, protecting the most crabby of families, and receiving unsolicited help from a nosy teenager.As with the other two PCU books, the plot of Seventy-Seven Clocks is...
  • Susan in NC
    This was a lot of fun to read, as were the first two "Bryant & May" thrillers; I really enjoyed the combination of mystery, historical background on London, Victorian England, guilds, pre-Raphaelites, the occult - you name it, Bryant & May draw it into their investigations! (Hence, the name of their police unit, the "Peculiar Crimes Unit"). Other readers have criticized the book as slower or not as good as the first two, but I really enjoyed it; ...
  • Lizzytish
    Another adventure with the PCU. I always end up learning something historical in these novels. This time it was Victorian England. I was totally engrossed in this mystery which had some pretty dark aspects to it. There didn't seem to be as much light hearted humor. There were some scenes I actually had a hard time picturing. I did lose some fingernails along the way.
  • Ann
    Bryant and May are called when a series of bizarre murders begin and it seems that all of the victims are members of the same family. They are all members of the Watchmakers Guild and the detectives need to find out why and who is targeting the family before they are all wiped out. This was stranger than the other two episodes but very enjoyable.
  • Harriet
    I normally love these Bryant and May but this one was just too long, it went on and on. If I didn't usually like them so much, I probably would not have stuck it out. I've read them out of sequence and the Water Room is my favorite and this one my least favorite. I would like to have them adapted for TV as only the Brits can do.
  • Jessica
    A series that never ceases to entertain, and this is no exception. I'm not ordinarily a fan of authors that wear their politics on their sleeve, but some of Fowler's asides cracked me up so much that I simply had to forgive it.
  • Kathy Davie
    Third in the Bryant & May mystery series and revolving around two detectives with their own way of doing things in London. The case of the Seventy-Seven Clocks took place in 1973.My TakeIt's a Gilbert and Sullivan opera all on its own, beginning with a clever but ruthless man who intended to ensure his family's wealth through the centuries. It's also an opportunity for Fowler to take the piss out of the upper classes and skewer the middle-class f...
  • Reggie Billingsworth
    I won't waste time recounting the premise or series raison d'etre, like some reviews seem compelled to do: I don't see the point. Too book-reportish for me.Revisiting this series I realised I had missed this title and looked forward to the 'infill' experience. The setting in the early 1970s allows Fowler some delightful ironies as well as some sad ones. Further, the character "Jerry" allows a significantly strong and responsible young female role...