The Water Room

The Water Room

eBook - 2006
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They are detection's oddest couple: two cranky detectives whose professional partnership dates back half a century. Now Arthur Bryant and John May return in a case of multiple murder that twists through a subterranean course of the secrets, lies, and extreme passions that drive even ordinary men and women to the most shocking crimes.... They are living legends with a reputation for solving even the trickiest cases using unorthodox, unconventional, and often completely unauthorized methods. But the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed by Detectives John May and Arthur Bryant is one mistake away from being shut down for good. And when the elderly sister of Bryant's friend is found dead in the basement of her decrepit house in Kentish Town, they find themselves on the verge of making exactly that mistake. According to the coroner, Ruth Singh's heart simply stopped beating. But why was a woman who rarely left the house fully dressed for an outing? And why was there river water in her throat? Convinced that the old lady didn't die a natural death, the detectives delve into a murky case with no apparent motive, no forensics, and no clues. And they've barely launched their investigation when death claims another victim. Suddenly they discover some very unnatural behavior surrounding Ruth Singh's death by "natural" causes--from shady real estate developers and racist threats to two troubled marriages, from a dodgy academician working London's notorious "grey economy" to a network of antiquities collectors obsessed with Egyptian mythology. And running beneath it all are the sweeping tentacles of London's vast and forgotten underground river system. As the rains pour down and the water rises, Bryant and May must rely on instinct, experience, and their own very peculiar methods to stem a tide of evil that threatens to drown them all. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2006.
ISBN: 9780553902426
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

My favorite of the Peculiar Crimes books. Lots of interesting tidbits about London's history and a death that seems hard to explain given the autopsy results.

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maipenrai
Dec 06, 2016

(The second book in the Bryant and May series) ****Series
Bryant and May
1. Full Dark House (2003)
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3. Seventy-Seven Clocks (2005)
4. Ten Second Staircase (2006)
5. White Corridor (2007)
6. The Victoria Vanishes (2008)
7. On the Loose (2009)
8. Off the Rails (2010)
9. The Memory of Blood (2011)
10. The Invisible Code (2012)
11. The Bleeding Heart (2014)
12. The Burning Man (2015)
13. Strange Tide (2016)
14. The Wild Chamber (2017)

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reeread
Aug 14, 2016

An intricate story of a puzzling mystery. How much longer can Bryant & May keep going?

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bayougal
Sep 28, 2014

I was led to this series by the book the the other two commenters are referring to; the one with the 'very creepy story'!!
I'm glad I did!
I've been enjoying reading more about Bryant and May and will continue. This is the third I have read so far.
Twisted stories with great personalities and characters.

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Palomino
Feb 06, 2013

Bryant and May are always enjoyable. There's no mysteries weirder. I've been terrified by one of these books, but this one was no-more-creepy-than-usual.

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kalio
Nov 23, 2010

The Peculiar Crimes Unit is a controversial branch of the London Police Department that takes on cases that are just a bit too ?off? for the regular police to cope with. Arthur Bryant and John May, the grumpy old men of criminal investigation, have been with the PCU since its inception. May is down-to-earth; Bryant is a cantankerous loner whose acquaintances tend to be mystics, psychics, and Wiccans. Still, they get things done. But with budgets stretched thin, the PCU is looking like less of a necessity. And Bryant and May aren?t helping matters by investigating cases brought to them by friends?May pokes around in the affairs of a disgraced academic and Bryant looks into the death of a little old lady. But the old lady was found drowned in her bone-dry basement. And May?s down-on-his-luck scholar is being paid big money to explore London?s ancient underground river system. With dogged determination, curmudgeonly charm, and good old-fashioned detecting, the duo finds a compelling mystery with a solution that lies deep underground. The Water Room is author Christopher Fowler?s second PCU novel and he is in fine form. There?s plenty of mystery, intrigue, and dark humor, but the real heart of the story is the spirited relationship between the indomitable Bryant and May.

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