Bryant and May

What Bryant & May Did Next

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Cats, eh? They just won’t stay in bags. After my day-long online Q&A over at GoodReads the other day, I think I let slip a little more than I intended about the future of Bryant & May. The main question I kept being hit with was; ‘What are you going to do now that you’ve […]

A Puzzle From Bryant & May

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Sometimes I hide things in books (I don’t mean as my mother did, once using a haddock bone as a bookmark). I do this largely for my own amusement (it turns out), and in ‘The Burning Man’ I did something I’ve never done before – I added an homage. I thought it was pretty obvious, […]

Why Mr Bryant Loves Gilbert & Sullivan

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Is there anything more unfashionable than admitting to liking Gilbert & Sullivan? In this day and age, who would still listen to the work of two fusty gentlemen who lived over a century ago, who are routinely dismissed by classical music lovers as being of no interest or importance? And what’s their attraction for my […]

Bryant & May Today – And For Christmas

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Alma rose and tidied away the tea things. ‘Why don’t you get your mind off all this morbidity? Come to church with me this evening.’             ‘You never give up, do you? I’m not that desperate for something to do,’ Arthur Bryant replied, dusting crumbs from his stained waistcoat. ‘Besides, I remember what happened the […]

Well, Here’s A Surprise!

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So you thought I’d got rid of them… This Thursday sees the publication of ‘Bryant & May: The Burning Man’, my twelfth novel in this series – but it won’t be the last. This coming Christmas there’s actually going to be a brand-new SECOND Bryant & May book in a single year, and it caught […]

Books? You Can’t Give ‘Em Away

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To celebrate World Book Day or National Book Day or whatever the hell it’s called, I signed a big box of books and took to the streets with them to give them away to passing strangers. It turned out this was more difficult than I’d anticipated. People eyed me suspiciously and asked ‘What do I have […]

Now We Are Twelve: The Secret History Of Bryant & May

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When the first Bryant & May book was written as a stand-alone novel for the publishers Little, Brown it was turned down. To be fair to them, they had supported an author who seemed unable to settle into any style or genre, who threw all their attempts to pigeonhole or create a fanbase. They had […]

Dead Good Value!

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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 […]