Bryant and May

Don’t Call Me Cosy!

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On May 19th I’ll be heading to Bristol for the annual Crimefest, where one of the panels should get a bit fighty; it’s about the pros and cons of the so-called ‘Cosy’, a relatively new sub-genre of mystery fiction which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crimes take place in a small, socially intimate community. […]

‘Bryant & May: Strange Tide’ On YouTube

Strange Tide Goes Out


So, last night we had the launch of ‘Strange Tide’ which my editor Simon Taylor thinks is the 13th book and I thought was the fifteenth. It turns out we were both wrong because it’s the fourteenth. I was counting ‘The Casebook of Bryant & May’, the lovely graphic novel by Keith Page, but apparently […]

Author Update: What I’m Writing Next


Well, ‘Strange Tide’ has barely hit the ground (we haven’t had the launch party yet!) and I’m hard at work on ‘Wild Chamber’.  To all those of you who yelled at me for what I did to Arthur Bryant, I hope now all is being forgiven. Of course most readers buy the paperback (although hardback […]

The Old Codgers Are Lurking In London Now

Merry PCU Xmas!

Between now and the official party for ‘Bryant & May: Strange Tide’ I’ll be doing what I usually do – hiding signed copies of the hardback in London’s open spaces. Two dozen signed copies will be left between Piccadilly and the Euston Road over the next few days, partly because it’s great to watch who […]

‘Strange Tide’ Is Out Now!


Bryant & May are back! Although Bryant’s going barmy and May’s out of action, so who will find out why a young woman was chained in the Thames? This is the longest novel in the series so far, and hopefully answers all of your questions, although I’ve been very careful to make sure that ‘Strange […]

Raymond Kirkpatrick Tries London Shopping


Raymond Kirkpatrick is a colleague of Arthur Bryant’s. The bear-like heavy metal-loving Professor of English is currently working at the British Library and is our occasional guest speaker. His opinions are very much his own. ‘Why do tourists always head for Harrods and Oxford Street? What the hell is on sale in Camden town apart […]

‘The Burning Man’ Paperback Is Here

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This is how casual one gets about writing after you’ve been doing it for many years; my publication day is here and none of us woke up to it until a fan mentioned it on Twitter. I’ve always thought that publishers focus on the wrong edition. Hardbacks are the first sighting of a new novel, […]

Bryant & May: The Shaping Of A Series


I’m currently working on the 15th Bryant & May novel, but it’s only now, this far into the series, that I’ve started seeing the shape of what I’m producing. As I have friends who are just starting out on reading the books I’ve been trying to see them through their eyes, and by that process […]

Bryant & May Act Their Age


When I research a Bryant & May novel I don’t just source locations and history; I talk to people, and if I want to know how seniors cope now (my own parents and grandparents having gone) I find ones willing to chat. With 1 million seniors living alone in the UK and half of them […]