Ten Second Staircase
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Old age can't stop cantankerous detectives Arthur Bryant and John May, the most senior members of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. The quirky division, whose unorthodox methods have long made it the bane of the city's Metropolitan Police force, takes pride in tackling fiendishly clever crimes. Their latest doozy of a case concerns the murder of a controversial performance artist whose body was placed in her latest works of art: a 12-foot-high tank of liquid containing six aborted fetuses. Absentminded throwbacks Bryant and May make a most amusing pair: May, whose weakness for married women is rivaled only by his adoration for his agoraphobic granddaughter, and Bryant, disheveled, disorganized, and devoted to peculiar sources, including practitioners of black magic. More murders (a B-list celebrity electrocuted on an exercise machine, a pedophile showered with petrol and set on fire) put the two no closer to solving the case, whose suspects include members of a teen street gang and a mysterious cloaked figure sporting a tricorn hat and black mask. Meanwhile, the Peculiar Crimes Unit, still haunted by the unsolved matter of the Leicester Square Vampire, must prove itself worthy before cost-cutting bureaucrats shut the division down for good. This fourth Bryant and May novel delivers a delirious blend of black humor and suspense--recommend it to readers looking for something different in an English procedural.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Released at the bookcrossing meet-up to view rrain-again's art show, which was very creative and interesting.
Thanks to "The Marina" for organizing the extra BookCrossing, I think I will adopt you as an official "step-daughter", sorry we missed you.
And if "loveamystery" likes it I know that I will too, good to see you yesterday.
Ten Second Staircase will be passed along to my Mom.
See you all next time at Rhizome,
Rrain-again, Rrainy, Lorraine