Vote For Your Favourite Bryant & May Book
Believe me, this is not an exercise in self-aggrandisement, but an attempt to discover where I should take the characters next. I will shortly be presenting ideas to my publisher that will bring the old boys’ adventures up to a neat and full twenty volumes. Although you currently have ‘Strange Tide’ in paperback and ‘Wild Chamber out in hardback, I’ve already delivered next year’s book, which will give readers a break from the current complex plotlines – although, as I’ve always pointed out, the books can easily be read out of order. 2018’s ‘Hall Of Mirrors’ is set in 1969 and provides a rather bonkers take on the country house mystery.
I’m planning to return the characters to the present after that, and have a number of themes and ideas to explore. But I am also keen to ensure that readers get the kind of book they would most like to see, which brings me to my question; which of the books you’ve read do you like best? (Bear in mind that when readers say ‘Full Dark House’ I usually assume that’s how far they got.)
The books do actually have subtle distinctions in tone, and several volumes are what I call ‘palate cleansers’. These always come after a couple of particularly complex investigations, so ‘White Corridor’, ‘The Memory of Blood’ and ‘The Invisible Code’ are simpler in construction than, say, ‘The Victoria Vanishes’, ‘Off the Rails’ or ‘The Burning Man’.
I’d like to get a sense of which type you prefer, or whether a book has struck a particular chord and why. With that research done, I can then choose and discard certain subjects. For example, I have ideas for a wildly busy novel in which the PCU is forced to tackle several cases at once, which could be great break-neck fun, but I’d like to tackle one built around a small, simple human tragedy. Also, as ‘London’s Glory’, the collection of cases, did surprisingly well, I’ll be tackling another Christmas volume at some point.
So can I ask you to help me out here, and explain your choice? I’ll run a follow-up post announcing the result. That’s what blogs are for; a bit of proper interactivity!