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Summary

One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunken lady coming out of a pub. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbingly, the pub has vanished and the street has changed.

Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before - is elderly detective losing his mind? Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs and the likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient. But knowing who the killer is and catching him are two very different propositions.

As their new team at the Peculiar Crimes Unit goes in search of a madman, the octogenarian detectives ready themselves for the pub crawl of a lifetime, and come face to face with their own mortality...

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©2008 Christopher Fowler (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

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  • 17-12-08

brilliant thriller

This is another fantastic book about the fabulous older detectives Bryant and May.Rich characters with a plot that could rival any other.Definately among the best ever,try out the other books by Christopher Fowler.

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Excellent series

The narrator of these stories is first class. I particularly enjoy the way he changes voices for each character which for me enhances my enjoyment of the book.
I love the stories about Bryant & May. Yes they are unusual & perhaps not for everyone but I have yet to read one I haven't enjoyed.
The story's don't end when the murderer is unveiled. The tale is also as much about the various characters & their lives as about the crimes.
If you don't enjoy a crime story with a bit of a unusual slant then give this a miss but if you do give it a go.

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Great

Have you listened to any of Tim Goodman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, in other Bryant and May books, and I think he's great. It is always clear who is talking, and listening to him gives the book an additional dimension

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I would have given this book 5 stars solely for Arthur Bryant's funeral oration - I have listened to it 4 times, and it always cracks me up!

Any additional comments?

I think I have enjoyed this more than the others - but perhaps I am getting used to all the characters now, which helps.

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Why haven't they been televised?

This was the first of the Bryant and May series we came across. Yes, it was out of sequence but we were hooked! Christopher Fowler weaves an intriguing tale, just how can a London pub be there one day and yet totally disappeared the following day?

The narrator, Tim Goodman, brings the characters to life, the somewhat irascible Arthur Bryant, the suave John May, both long past retirement age and at times employing methods that would never be countenanced in modern police forces!

The Bryant & May series are a must listen!

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Came around to loving these stories

First Bryant and May book I read, I didn't enjoy . Second one I loved, so I took a punt on the audio book and I fear I've become addicted to them.

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another brilliant story

if you were born in London, you will find this story not only entertaining but informative about the old town .And educational about history across meny subject

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Another stunner!

Another fantastic combination of Mr Fowler's plot and Mr Goodman's delivery! I felt like I was listening to Bryant and May updating me on their investigation personally, from the cosy depths of London's many back street boozers!

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Loving this series!

Every book deepens my love for Bryant and May. Incredibly gothic plots that hang together amidst an education on London, both historical and esoteric, surround the admirably bumbling curmudgeon Arthur Bryant and his opposite and twin John May.
And the star of this volume? Crippen!
If you're a person of a certain age, like me, the empathy you're bound to feel with our heroes will have you coming back for more.

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Brilliant!

I love the Bryant and May books, they are full of London's history. The Charactre come to life and I have become really fond of them.
This story follows London Pubs, the plot is always well developed.
Give the series a go, from book 1

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A good listen

What made the experience of listening to The Victoria Vanishes the most enjoyable?

It was a well written meaty story

What other book might you compare The Victoria Vanishes to, and why?

Don't know, but a good mystery that kept you guessing

Which character – as performed by Tim Goodman – was your favourite?

Bryat and May

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not that kind of book

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  • 03-09-12

Another great Bryant and May

What did you love best about The Victoria Vanishes?

As always, the story kept me guessing to the end without witholding clues or information

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bryant - he's sherlock but older and grumpier

Which character – as performed by Tim Goodman – was your favorite?

Bryant - Tim Goodman really makes the old man pop

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I looked for opportunities to listen to just a few more minutes, just a few more!

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  • KTKT
  • 16-06-17

Recommend highly

Excellent delivery. I appreciated it was just the text. No music or anything added. Christopher Fowler's Bryant and May books are fantastic reads. Anyone who has been to or is interested in the city of London will appreciate the history he includes.

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  • Jann
  • 21-07-15

Enough of the Home Office

I'm not sure if I'll read another book in the series. I've skipped around a bit. I'm tired of the same issues in each book with Cassabian (sp?). He's always sneaking around, using public funds for his dirty deeds. His character needs to be revealed for what he is and written out!

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  • Lesley
  • 07-04-09

Dated

This was obviously an old story which had been 'updated' by the insertion of references to modern technology. The characters were straight out of the 1960s. I wish it had been a more honest book. The premise was interesting, but it was a character driven work and the characters only just limped over the believable line for me. An OK listen, but not one I'll go back to.

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