Bryant and May

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See that cover? There’s only Bryant and no May on it. Want to know why? Read on. On the run-up to the arrival of ‘The Burning Man’ in hardback and ‘The Bleeding Heart’ in paperback, the wonderful folk at DeadGoodBooks are going to be discounting ‘The Victoria Vanishes’ and half a dozen other books for the […]

Bryant & May: The Hidden Homages

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Mystery authors can be tricksters; some of us like to hide puzzles, jokes and references inside our books – we can’t resist it. Musicians do it all the time, and I’ve been doing it for years in the Bryant & May books. The most obvious joke is the names of the detectives, which were taken […]

Can Quantity Still Have Quality?

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Someone I hadn’t caught up with for a while said to me, ‘So, you’re still churning out those Bryant & May books are you?’ I pointed out that yes, mystery novels were one type of book I write, although there were many others. He said; ‘Then why do you bother with the crime stuff? They’re […]

Could This Be The Return Of A Golden Age?

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When I read about this trend my heart leapt. Could it actually mean that Bryant & May’s time had come? Am I ahead of the curve for once? Apparently, a Christmas detective novel that’s 70 years old has become a sleeper hit and resurrected interest in a long-forgotten crime writer. Mystery in White: A Christmas […]

What It Would Take To Turn Bryant & May Into A TV Series

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We’re ‘in discussion’. My people are talking to their people. We’re running a few ideas up the flagpole and seeing who salutes. I get to play this game every couple of years. As my detective duo approach their twelfth full-length novel, I realise how much of the past decade I’ve spent discussing the idea of […]

Thank You America!

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‘Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart’ is getting some terrific reviews in the US, including this one from the New York Times’s estimable Janet Maslin. I’m thrilled…oh, and that’s the American cover, and yes, it’s tangerine. (There was an earlier one in mauve) BRYANT & MAY AND THE BLEEDING HEART By Christopher Fowler 383 […]

Next Bryant & May ‘Not Killing Off A Minor Character’

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I suspect that somebody, somewhere (possibly in the US) saw the manuscript of ‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’, and leaked the story’s new direction. However, they had the good grace to hold something back. So no, I’m not ‘doing a Springfield’ and killing off Crusty the Clown’s father – there are some real […]

‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’ Gets An Early Launch

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Bryant & May 12; The Burning Man, or Bryant & May and the Burning Man, if you prefer – it makes no odds – has been an utter delight for me to write, and in many ways feels like the most rounded volume yet, even though the ending may prove a tad upsetting for some. […]

Bryant & May’s Hidden Cases

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Remembering those Sherlock Holmes stories where Holmes enigmatically refers to an untold case as ‘that scandal of the Bohemian pilchard snatching’ and moves on to the investigation at hand, I started smuggling references of missing cases into the Bryant & May novels at a very early stage. The Leicester Square Vampire was suitably sorted out […]

B&M / Q&A

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Don’t believe that publishers spend their time waiting for authors to deliver. Much of our lives are spent waiting for publishers to decide. While I’m in a holding pattern over the fate of Bryant & May, and a number of other works, here’s a Q&A I did recently about writing. ‘The Bleeding Heart is the […]