Official: Bryant & May Set To Return

Bryant and May, Reading & Writing

The morning sky is still red but the week has started with a bang as news reaches me that Bryant & May have been given the go-ahead in the US for a further two novels! My American friends are still waiting for the arrival of ‘Bryant & May and the Invisible Code’, but this will definitely be followed by further adventures. In a week’s time I should know whether they are also set to continue in their beautiful UK editions, too, so watch this space.

First up will be ‘Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart’, in which the decrepit detectives investigate the case of a man found dead in a cemetery.

I’ll rephrase that.

A man thought dead, then found alive, then dead because – hell, you’ll just have to wait and see how Bryant & May deal with what appears to be the return of Resurrectionists in London graveyards, and how Henry VIII and some mummified cats feature in the hunt for a killer. All I’ll tell you for now is that Mr Merry, the PCU’s new nemesis, turns up, and that Arthur Bryant gets caught with a shovel in his hand at midnight.

This will be followed by ‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’, in which Bryant, incapacitated at home, must help the unit solve the case of a man burned alive in an old cinema. When he starts searching through his past investigations to find a clue he knows he’s seen, we get the inside story on some of the PCU’s earlier unseen cases as the detectives find themselves caught up in a deadly Guy Fawkes Night.

I’m going to have a lot of fun writing these, and will start as soon as I’ve been given deadlines, and have finished my current project. To celebrate their return, here are our sleuths heading into a graveyard courtesy of the excellent Keith Page, whose sterling work on ‘The Bryant & May Casebook’ will now be seen in January. Word to the publishers – it was meant to be a Christmas book, guys.

10 comments on “Official: Bryant & May Set To Return”

  1. J. Folgard says:

    Good thing is, that delay for the ‘Casebook’ will help during the post-christmas, post New Year’s slump in january… And I’m happy as hell to know we’ve got two more mysteries coming -once again, I’ll skip the synopsises to keep me surprised, but those are brilliant titles!

  2. ♪ Kompani ♪ says:

    Life just got so much better, thanks.

  3. Reuben says:

    Excellent news.

  4. Helen Martin says:

    Completely excellent. We’ll save our Christmas money till January.

  5. Dan Terrell says:

    Excellent. Congrats to all of us.

  6. Monique says:

    So excited to hear that! I have finished all of the Bryant & May books and have been checking for any pre-order news for The Casebook… but these two new titles coming in 2013 have made me very, very happy!

  7. glasgow1975 says:

    mummified cats!

  8. Lauri says:

    The best news in weeks. By the way, U S readers. You can get a trial membership to audible, get the invisible code and enjoy enjoy enjoy.

  9. ChrisE says:

    Best Christmas present I could have. A relief there are still more to come.

  10. Cal says:

    Will Invisible Code be published in the US? I don’t care for audiobooks. Like Arthur, I prefer volumes I can hold.

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