The Next Bryant & May Novel
After November 5th’s ‘Bryant & May: London’s Glory’, a selection of missing cases from the Peculiar Crime Unit’s files, there will be a new novel launching on March 26th 2016 called ‘Bryant & May: Strange Tide’. Here’s the outline…
The river Thames is Londonâ€™s most important yet neglected artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no-one can understand how she came to be drowned there. At the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves dealing with an impossible crime committed in a very public place.
Soon they discover that the river is giving up other victims, but as the investigation extends from the coast of Libya to the nightclubs of North London, it proves as murkily sinister as the Thames itself. Thatâ€™s only part of the problem; Bryantâ€™s rapidly deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case, and he is permanently confined to home. To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgement that knocks him out of action and places everyone at risk.
With the embattled PCU staff now forced to work without its two star detectives, the case falters. The only people who can help now are the battery of eccentrics Bryant keeps listed in his diary, but will their arcane knowledge save the day or make matters even worse?
Soon thereâ€™s a clear suspect in everyoneâ€™s sights â€“ but the one thing thatâ€™s missing is any scrap of evidence.Â As the disastrous investigation comes unstuck, the whole team gets involved in some serious messing about on the river. In an adventure thatâ€™s as twisting as the Thames upon which itâ€™s set, what will be left when itâ€™s over?