Bryant & May Today – And For Christmas
‘You never give up, do you? I’m not that desperate for something to do,’ Arthur Bryant replied, dusting crumbs from his stained waistcoat. ‘Besides, I remember what happened the last time I went. The vicar told me off for praying too loudly.’
‘You made God jump,’ said Alma. ‘And your singing nearly deafened us. It would have helped if you’d known the tune. Or the words.’
It’s my birthday today, and my book launch. So as ‘The Burning Man’ hits the stands, here’s something else that will be winging your way, albeit later in the year. The lads will be back in time for Christmas this year with a brand new paperback…
It will be a collection of ten of their oddest cases, out in time for Christmas. These are all new stories set in different eras, including – as was always traditional with such books from Golden Age authors – a proper Christmas story with a Santa, snow and robins. Oh, and death. Bryant & May: London’s Glory will be published in November in paperback, and will feature some of the cases that the detectives have mentioned in the past.
I’m not planning to cover the Little Italy Whelk Smugglers or the Shepherd’s Market Black Sausage Scandal, but there will be an account of a murder at a freak show, a crime on a yacht off the coast of Turkey, a mystery in the year of the Great Smog, in Westminster and on a London bus, along with a look inside Arthur Bryant’s bizarre library, a guide to the characters of the Peculiar Crimes Unit and even a cutaway drawing of their building.