White Corridor (Bryant & May #5) by Christopher Fowler

White Corridor (Bryant & May #5)

From using crackpot psychics to cutting-edge forensics, Arthur Bryant and John May are famous for their maddeningly unorthodox approach to solving crimes that the ordinary police cannot. Now Christopher Fowler, “a new master of the classical detective story,”* brings back crime detection’s oddest—and oldest—couple to solve the ultimate locked room mystery.It’s an “impossible” crime—a member of the Peculiar Crimes Unit killed ins...

Details White Corridor (Bryant & May #5)

TitleWhite Corridor (Bryant & May #5)
Release DateMay 29th, 2007
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Detective

Reviews White Corridor (Bryant & May #5)

  • Julie
    The best yet! I loved the banter between the characters. Here is one example:"The doctrine of salvation by faith is the essence of Gospel teaching", said Alma hotly, "It's protestant not pick n' mix! I don't approve of throwing all these religions together with non-believers." "There's no such thing as a non-believer", Bryant stated, "Everyone believes in something, whether it involves alien visitations or simply being nice to each other and repa...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    How can you not love this series of books about the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) led by the aged detectives Bryant and May? The stories are truly surreal and more fun that the proverbial barrel of monkeys. In this entry, the boys are trapped in a blizzard where a murder takes place. Meanwhile, back at the PCU, one of their own is found dead under suspicious circumstances and the team must try to solve it in the absence of their mentors. Of course, ...
  • Ensiform
    The fifth Bryant and May mystery. With the Unit’s future on the line due to an unexpectedly scheduled royal visit within hours, the Peculiar Crimes Unit must solve a locked room mystery --- the baffling murder of their ancient pathologist, Oswald Finch. Alone with a corpse in the morgue, he appears to have been murdered, while investigation reveals he had flare-ups with several of the Unit’s own that morning. But Sergeant Janice Longbright mu...
  • Nigeyb
    This is the second book I have read by Christopher Fowler and both have been from his Bryant & May series. Arthur Bryant and John May are Golden Age Detectives in a modern world. They head the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU), London's most venerable specialist police team, a division founded during the Second World War to investigate cases that could cause national scandal or public unrest. It's an unusual and original set up, two crimes have to be so...
  • Claude
    Meh ... as Sara would say. Am I getting tired of the two elderly detectives? I think I am. What has been driving me crazy is the time (or is it the number of pages?! it takes to get the plot (or is it me?) in gear.At the end of the day, I like it when in the first twenty pages of a novel, I understand who is who and the plot is on track. Take Robert Galbraith, or D.E. Stevenson, and there you are. I might just drop Bryant and May altogether.
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  • Helen
    Reading this for the second time (Dec 2011). This takes the two detectives out of London and strands them in a blizzard on a side road leading to Plymouth. There is a murderer amongst the stranded motorists, but meanwhile back in London the Home Office villain is sure he has finally been able to shut down the PCU. When Bryant & May return to London they have to finish up the investigation they had been monitoring by cell phone from the blizzard, ...
  • Annie
    As always; taut, intricate, loopy characters who are a lot more sensible than they appear. I am not usually overfond of book series which have strong ordinal continuity, but it suits the Bryant & May series. You would need a programme to keep up with the cast of characters otherwise.Loved this book. Absolutely love the series. I love the writing which is consistently top notch and the dialogue which is unforced and natural. The pacing is taut (wh...
  • Alistair
    My latest foray in to the world of Bryant & May. Must say I found the background intro a bit laborious.Story wise it was good to get away from London. I know how much Christopher Fowler loves writing about London, however to me it can get a bit preachy at times.The twist at the end was a surprise, didn’t see it coming.There are a wonderful few lines concerning Jehovah Witnesses and a toaster.Made me laugh out load.One final thing, given my revi...
  • Kathy Davie
    Fifth in the Bryant & May detective mystery series and revolving around two over-retirement-age detectives who are quite unorthodox and based in London with each story in the series a case in Arthur's biography. I'll be curious to read how Fowler intends to end Bryant and May. As a series, I mean.My TakeTime marches on in this locked room mystery filled to the brim with red herrings. Nor is that autopsy room the only locked room, as Fowler locks ...
  • Cathy Cole
    Years ago, I read the first book in Fowler's Bryant and May series and didn't care for it at all, but always at the back of my mind, I thought there might have been extenuating circumstances. You see, I read Full Dark House while on my very first trip to the UK, and I'm pretty sure my brain was on sensory overload. I am very happy to announce that I thoroughly enjoyed this fifth book in the series, and now I'm wanting to catch up with all the adv...
  • Susan Ferguson
    A strange story - but I rather liked it. John May and Arthur Bryant are the head of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. They are a relatively obscure unit in London, dealing with the obscure crimes very few know about. They are both aging and are afraid the unit will be closed when they are gone. Their acting supervisor has decided he is closing the office down, so Arthur talks John into helping him take stuff to a spiritualist gathering. He borrows a van ...
  • Nancy Oakes
    White Corridor is installment number five in the Bryant and May series (aka the Peculiar Crimes Unit series). In this book, the author has given his readers two mainstay elements of classic mystery -- the locked-room murder (in which a member of the PCU is killed in a most impossible fashion so that suspicion points to the others) -- and weather so incredibly bad that it prevents our heroes Bryant and May from having any hope of returning to Lond...
  • LJ
    WHITE CORRIDOR (Police Proc-Bryant & May- England-Cont) – VGFowler, Christopher – 5th in seriesDoubleday, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780385610674First Sentence: NOTICE: THE PECULIAR CRIMES UNIT WILL BE SHUT FOR ONE WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY*** While the Met’s Peculiar Crimes Unit is closed down for repairs, Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May had off for an international convention of psychics. Caught in a blizzard and stuck...
  • Jon
    Yet another excellent installment in the Bryant & May mystery series. All the novels are on par with each other, but it feels like they just keep getting better. Without a doubt it's Christopher Fowler's prose and intelligent writing that keeps me coming back for more. I love learning about the real world while reading fun fiction stories and there's always something new in these books.I enjoyed the split narrative of this one. There are two sepa...
  • Jeanne
    This is a rather odd entry in the Bryant & May series. When the PCU is confronted with a most unusual locked room mystery, Bryant and May are trapped in a blizzard. Why is this important? Well, the dead body belongs to crusty coroner, Oswald Finch. Furthermore, it looks like an inside job. Can the PCU solve the mystery without its heart and soul?Also, there’s a secondary suspense plot playing out in the blizzard, which is completely bizarre. In...
  • Ruth
    c2007: Okay, so what the blurb doesn't tell you is that there is another murder that happens throughout the book which I found to be more creepy than any of the others in the series. I do wish that the continuing theme of possible closure of the Division would come to a conclusion and that there would be a bit more happiness. Good to find out that there may be more of May's history to be revealed. Probably, one of the best lines in the book when ...
  • Kimberli
    Another in the Bryant and May series. This time two parallel story lines play out with the duo snowbound on a rural motorway tracking a vicious killer, while their team is back in London trying to quickly solve a inconceivable murder all on their own before in order to save the unit from permanent closure. Enjoyable as usual but I'd probably place this lower on my rankings of "favorite installments." But still a great read.
  • Sue
    Another good installment in the series. I can see development in the characters, the writing and in plot development, all of which made this very enjoyable reading. In fact I have the next book, The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery on my table waiting to be started.
  • Anne
    Incredibly tedious for the first two-thirds of the way, and I almost gave up, but the story finally comes together and starts moving, and becomes the mystery I've come to expect from Fowler. I'd give three stars because all the groundwork laid in the first 250 pages or so pays off nicely in the end, but I can't discount the trial it was to get there.
  • Carmen
    This one is a bit of a dissapointment compared to the others. Not so much action. Bryant and May decide to go to a convention and get stranded in a snowstorm. While there, they persue a murderer and by phone help figure out who murdered someone right in the office.
  • Edgar W
    Mr. Fowler is one of the most imaginative writers I have ever come across and this novel is no exception. What a surprise ending! I'm sure many will love this one. Reading his Bryant and May Mysteries have been one of my favorite entertaiments. Thank you Mr. Fowler.
  • Jane Routley
    I picked up this beguiling book at a garage sale and now wish. I'd bought the rest of them. Charming characters and a wonderful couple of plot twists. Not many other detectives consult a London White witch when they need technical advice.
  • Kyrie
    My favorite of this series so far. Lots of unexpected twists, and I darn near froze reading about the snowstorm in which Bryant and May were trapped. I didn't expect any of the solutions.
  • Sarah
    Enjoyable, different, though nothing really to shout about.
  • Rebekah Turpin-coker
    I'm always a big fan of Bryant and May, but this one was particularly good. Two murders, lots of improbability and tons of snow. If you like the PCU books, you'll love this one.
  • Christine Cody
    After their Supervisor announces a week-long shutdown of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Bryant and May decide to take a "simple" road trip to a psychic/spiritualist/Wiccan/etc. conference. But an extremely powerful and rare blizzard strands the two, along with several other unfortunate motorists, in sub-zero temps, frigid winds, and monstrous snowdrifts in the barren lands of Dartmoor (as Sherlock Holmes' readers know, this is the setting for the eeri...
  • Grrayce
    This is an enjoyable mystery despite it’s use of outdated language to describe a trans woman, who ends up being the key to the case of Oswald Finch’s death. Referring to a trans woman as a “transgendered male” is not only considered today to be grammatically incorrect but is also considered offensive and misgendering. Using the term transgender woman, not “transgenderED male”, respects the gender identity of the person. The term “tr...
  • Phair
    There was not enough "peculiar" in this outing for my tastes. I also do not like cold and snowy settings so already 2 strikes. A confusing mingling of two cases. All I could think of was, for all that Bryant & May are old geezers depending more on brain power than tech, thank goodness for cell phones. Our discussion group conversation was fun with more members enjoying this slightly odd choice than I had expected. Fowler certainly has a penchant ...