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One Sunday morning, the outspoken speaker of the House of Commons steps out of his front door only to be crushed under a mountain of citrus fruit. Bizarre accident or something more sinister? The government needs to know because here's a man whose knowledge of parliament’s biggest secret could put the future of the government at stake.

It should be the perfect case for Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit, but unfortunately one detective is in hospital, the other is missing and the staff have all been dismissed. It seems the PCU is no more. But events escalate: a series of brutal crimes seemingly linked to an old English folk-song threatens the very foundation of London society, and suddenly the PCU is offered a reprieve and is back in (temporary) business!

And if the two elderly detectives, ‘old men in a woke world’, do manage to set aside their differences and discover why some of London’s most influential figures are under life-threatening attack, they might not just save the unit but also prevent the entire city from descending into chaos....

©2020 Christopher Fowler (P)2020 W F Howes

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"The most consistently brilliant, entertaining and educational voice in contemporary British crime fiction." (Cathi Unsworth, author of That Old Black Magic)

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  • 19-12-20

What a treat !

It was a real treat to have a new Bryant and May to listen too in lockdown. I’ve missed them and always feel anxious about wether Christopher Fowler will bring them back . I enjoyed this very much just as I have all the books in this series.

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Another classic Bryant and May

Loved all the usual twists and turns, plus a surprise addition to the team! Such good fun that I can even forgive the occasional mispronunciation. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Bryant & May , Legends

A joy to listen to, endearing characters and just plain wonderful! Old school charm and wit.

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Brilliant as Usual

As usual, Christopher Fowler had us giggling at the humorous rapport between Bryant and May. His books are brilliant and Oranges and Lemons was no exception. Tim Goodman obviously loves the characters as he has firmly implanted them in our minds. We can't wait for the next one!!

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  • 05-01-21

Absolutely wonderful

Always a pleasure to listen to Bryant & May. Christopher Fowler, you have done it again...