Bryant & May: Heading Into Trouble
It’s about time we had an update. So, Bryant & May Vol 16, ‘Hall of Mirrors’, is still in hardback, and the first LK Fox novel, ‘Little Boy Found’, is still an e-book. I’ve just finished touring the hardback of ‘The Book of Forgotten Authors’ and will shortly be working on the paperback release.
As for books to come, I’m working on two new novels; a new stand-alone thriller and a very peculiar British epic (it being the only genre I’ve missed so far apart from chick-fic – do they still say that?).
Meanwhile, there are still two new Bryant & May books owed to Penguin/ Doubleday/ Transworld. The first will be ‘The Lonely Hour’, and will be a return to the present day after the sixties shenanigans of ‘Hall of Mirrors’.
The inspiration for this is from something I’ve noticed about the current crop of mystery novels – they’re retreating into the past. There aren’t so many present day city crime novels around now. I enjoy Mick Herron, Val McDermid and Lee Child, I struggle a little bit with rural novels because they’re not my world, but I’m surprised no-one is really diving into the urban hell of London – or perhaps they are and I’ve missed them. Recommendations please!
So ‘The Lonely Hour’ looks at urban isolation, in which Bryant & May get a crash course when they temporarily switch the Peculiar Crimes Unit to night shifts. The tone is darker than normal, but of course there’s some humour too. Oh, and bats.
Following that will be ‘England’s Finest’. The first collection of Bryant & May cases, ‘London’s Glory’, sold so well that I’ve been asked to do another one. Both titles are taken from old Bryant & May matchbox labels. There’s a good chance we’ll follow the US pattern and release a Bryant & May story from the book as a Christmas e-single first.
But it won’t all happen if I don’t stop blogging and start writing!