Well, that was fun! As well as the extremely constructive and thoughtful comments posted on the site, I’ve received a huge number of emails about where to take my decrepit duo next, and I’ve acted accordingly.
I already had a loose raft of ideas mapped out, but I have now been able to shape them into roughly two novels with your input. One of these will definitely feature an incapacitated Bryant and lots of old cases in the course of uncovering a new one, while the other book will be pretty sinister and dark-themed.
Plus, more eccentric characters, strange bits of London, oddments of history, arcana, sleuthing, impossible murder and general weirdness. Oh, and something impossible happening in the ultimate locked room, the Tower of London.
Thanks to everyone who contributed thoughts and musings. If the publishers turn the outlines down, I’ll blame you. ‘It wasn’t me, Guv, honest – it was them *turns around* – oh, they’ve gone.’