What Bryant & May Did Next
Cats, eh? They just won’t stay in bags. After my day-long online Q&A over at GoodReads the other day, I think I let slip a little more than I intended about the future of Bryant & May. The main question I kept being hit with was; ‘What are you going to do now that you’ve brought an apparent end to the series?’
As I’ve mentioned, it’s not over. This Christmas will see a book of the decrepit duo’s greatest cases called ‘Bryant & May: London’s Glory’, featuring ten of their unseen cases, the contents of Arthur Bryant’s bookshelves and other oddities. There’s already a spiffing cover, but as it hasn’t been finalised I can’t run it here just yet. However, readers in the US won’t be getting this book (at least for now) as collections of tales don’t seem terribly popular over there and it wasn’t picked up. They have open minds, though, and if enough of you want it, they’ll listen.
Instead, America will be moving straight on to another novel, which will be called ‘Bryant & May: Strange Tide’. The plot will centre on London’s most ancient artery, the Thames, and it will test the team’s powers of deduction in strange new ways. ‘Strange Tide’ will be the 13th full-length novel in the series, and should come out on both sides of the Atlantic at the same time.
Each year I write a non-Bryant & May book too; this year’s will be ‘The Sand Men’ and next will be the as-yet untitled thriller I’ve been secretly working on for nearly three years now. Later this year there will be twenty e-books representing the best of my back-catalogue, appearing at intervals yet to be decided.
I’m only tell you this so that you don’t think I’ve been sitting here staring out of the window eating chocolate biscuits and not doing any work, you understand.