Monday, April 4, 2016
London's Glory by Christopher Fowler
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.
This has been a Bryant and May couple of months for me. I went from never having read any of Fowler's stories to becoming a big fan of this unusual detective duo and their compatriots at the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
London's Glory is a collection of Bryant and May short stories, all styled around different famous mystery styles. From the locked room, to "the killer is one of us" to the spy thriller, Fowler tackles them all with prowess and a sense of wry humor that keeps everything feeling fresh and new. As a mystery lover, it was especially fun to see a new spin on some of my favorite classics.
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves mysteries. There is pretty much guaranteed to be at least one story to fit every mystery reader's preferences, though I would bet readers will find themselves enjoying every story in this collection.
You don't need to have read any of Bryant and May before to pick up this book. There may be inside jokes or asides you miss (I'm sure I did, having only read one full-length Bryant and May book myself before reading this collection). But this is still an enjoyable, engaging, and creative group of stories that is both an homage to, and a new take on, the classic mystery tropes we all know and love.