Bryant & May And…What?
‘I see your lips moving but only nonsense comes out,’ said Bryant. ‘You might as well be French.’
Update: In three weeks’ time ‘Bryant & May: England’s Finest’ comes out in the UK featuring 12 new missing cases from the files of the Peculiar Crimes Unit and exploring the mysteries of the Covent Garden diva and the seventh reindeer, a crime in the Post Office Tower in which one of the suspects is Bruce Forsyth, the ordinary London street corner where strange accidents keep occurring, the consul’s son discovered buried in the unit’s basement, the corpse pulled from a swamp of Chinese dinners, the impossible death that’s the fault of a forgotten London legend, the case of the plunging postman and an act of terrorism in Piccadilly Circus. The book comes complete with a history of the PCU and is introduced by Raymond Land.
But I’m always working around eighteen months to two years ahead, so since this I locked myself away in Barcelona for the summer to write the nineteenth Bryant & May book, ‘Oranges & Lemons’, which I’ve now delivered.
My agents and editors have read it and are very happy indeed, so we’re zooming forward into the edit process and covers have already been roughed. This is the biggest Bryant & May novel to date, and I’m not sure how much bigger the stories can get after this. Maybe I’ll go unplugged and scale it down to a more human story. The 2021 book has not yet been commissioned, but if it happens it will be the 20th volume. I don’t have a subject yet so any suggestions you have are welcome.
Rather than take a break I’ve gone straight into a non-B&M novel, a mystery thriller about two British families in France. I’m also working on a massive (and at the moment highly problematic) story/ legend about the founding of London, but this will take a few years to fulfil its natural evolution.
Meanwhile – feel free to post your personally preferred London subjects and settings for B&M 20. All ideas considered, no matter how barmy!