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Summary

The year is 1969, and 10 guests are about to enjoy a weekend at Tavistock Hall. The guests also include detectives Arthur Bryant and John May - undercover, in disguise and tasked with protecting Monty Hatton-Jones, a whistle-blower turning Queen’s evidence in a massive bribery trial. 

The house’s owner - a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat - is intent on selling the estate to a secretive millionaire, but the weekend has only just started when the millionaire goes missing, and murder is on the cards....

©2018 Christopher Fowler (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Mr
  • 22-04-18

brilliant books

brilliant story lines, could not wait for this to be released. 5 stars . can't wait for the next one vicki

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Entertaining as ever

Thoroughly enjoyed it but did guess the twist early on. Quite agree with the voices being old for the prequel but it did mean I knew the characters immediately. The narration is superb, a joy to listen to him.

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perfect!!

Bryant and May are back. a fantastic foray into the past, retelling an old case from.tbe 60s. A typically eccentric and entertaining story.

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They are a matchless team!

As always a brilliant and entertaining story and narration. May they always shine and never go out!

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Disappointing

Love the series but struggled with this one., not as good as his other books.

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A bit disappointed

I have great affection for the Bryant and May stories. I have read them all, mainly on audio as Tim Goodman really gives the characters such life. I was so looking forward to this latest book but I was disappointed. I just did not take to the “prequel” format and the “voices” of the well loved characters sounded too old for their supposed ages. I also saw the solution coming very early on. Hopefully the next one will return the pair to their proper place and time!

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A real treat...

Love Arthur and John. This one is wittier than usual with a cracking plot and good twists. A great take on the Agatha Christie/country manor genres. Great resonances with today and a refreshing look at the 60s. Super narration from Tim. Unlike other reviewers I didn't miss all the London references at all.

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  • mrs
  • COWES, United Kingdom
  • 30-05-18

Ruined as usual by the narrator

I love Christopher Fowler’s Bryant and May stories, but the plot and characters of this one was rather cliche. I missed all the interesting little bits of London history the author usually weaves into the plots. There was very little of this as it was set in the country.
WHEN OH WHEN IS THERE GOING TO BE A NARRATOR TO MATCH THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE BOOK?!!!!
It’s bad enough when the story is set in the present day. Mr. Goodman makes not only the main characters, but also the young characters sound like eighty year olds. There are many books he may well be suited to reading, but these are just not right for him. This one was particularly atrocious as it was set in the sixties when Bryant and May were younger, but still sounded old. Fifty year old Monty sounded ancient and street wise characters were positively twee! It’s just such a shame and just goes to show how important it is to get the narrator matched right.

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I love these books and I love the narrator.

this series of books are like old friends and I hope they keep going on and on and on.......

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Bryant and May

As per normal absolutely fantastic this series is getting better and better but without Tim Goodman The audible version I think would not be as good he brings Bryant and May to life Five Stars not enough

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  • David
  • 23-04-18

Best B&M book since Water Room

Best B&M book since Water Room. Incredibly amusing, heartfelt and with the excellent characters and twists of a Fowler novel.

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  • CM
  • 22-04-18

What Fun!

I am a huge fan of Bryant and May and the author Christopher Fowler. I was delighted that a new book had arrived and it did not disappoint. Set in the 60's it is a bit of an homage to Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and the like. It is set in a stately home during a house party. There is a murder and the detectives have to solve it by Monday Morning any way I can't say more but it has lots of red herrings and the plot twists and turns. It was great fun especially all the cultural references to the 60's .I really hope the author will write more about the PCU's old cases I think there is lots more to enjoy. The narrator as always is excellent he does a fantastic job here not only with Arthur and John but in this book all the upper crust characters as well.

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  • Dr G
  • 27-04-18

Wot larks!

Possibly the most brilliant and funniest of the series! The narration is perfect, as usual.

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  • BAE
  • 03-05-18

Bryant and May—brilliant again!!

A fresh, smart and humorous rendition of the country house murder in the company of Bryant and May. Operating outside their milieu of London with all her history and complexity, they are at a disadvantage.
Their characters are consistent with their beloved older counterparts. A pleasure in any location.

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  • mikell grafton
  • 09-06-18

Always wonderful

This was a lovely detour from the regular antics of the aging duo. I do want someone to promise me that it does not mark the last account of those antics

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  • Nancy
  • 28-04-18

Could listen forever.

I am always left feeling sad when I have gobbled up another Bryant and May book. I only pre-order three authors and Christopher Fowler is one of them. Tim Goodman is the wonderful narrator that brings all the characters in this series to life. Perfection. I listen to every word.