Another reader has asked about the strange relationship of my earlier novels to the Bryant & May series. Let me see if I can untangle this particular rat king and make some sense of it all.
In the beginning was Sergeant Ian Hargreave, who turned up in ‘Roofworld’, along with Butterworth, his sidekick, who suffered Diminished [...]
Cary Grant was once sent a telegram, ‘How Old Cary Grant?’ To which he replied, ‘Old Cary Grant Very Well Thanks.’
Reader Jane Abbott says: ‘I’m curious to know how old Bryant and May are in the present day? I’m new to them, and I’m on my third book – Seventy Seven Clocks – and thoroughly enjoying [...]
With the next Bryant & May novel, ‘The Bleeding Heart’, coming out in March, and the twelfth volume, ‘The Burning Man’, due after that, readers can expect some revelations in the expanding saga of the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
This year was a bumper year for the duo, from being nominated for three national awards and winning [...]
They’ve gone to bed for another year: The next Bryant & May mystery, ‘The Bleeding Heart’ has been fully finished, the two edits and proofs (US and UK) have gone back – they’re quite different – and the covers have been created. The UK cover reflects the darker, more gothic tone of the novel, although [...]
Watch the clip here or on YouTube. Yes, I know it’s in fuzzyvision, I was in a hurry as I’m heading for Manchester’s Grimm Up North festival Today for a PA and signing…
When my mother read the third Bryant & May novel, she turned to me and said; ‘Well dear, I think you’ve mined out that particular seam.’
When I wrote the first Bryant & May book, it was intended to be a one-off, a perfectly reproduced Golden Age mystery entirely set in the 1940s. My then-publisher turned [...]
The creation of every story is in some sense a reaction to the times. When I developed my detectives Bryant & May, London was a different place. In many ways it has changed out of all recognition from the days of ‘Full Dark House’, the first novel in the canon.
The wealth gap has widened and [...]
When I created the Bryant & May world, I hadn’t counted on what they call ‘the Springfield Effect’, wherein you start with a couple of characters and end up with a hundred. For Terry Pratchett, Alzheimer’s must be the worst disease in the world for a man who has created a galaxy of interconnected characters.
The next Bryant & May novel, ‘The Bleeding Heart’, will be longer than the last half-dozen books. I’ve just finished the final edit and have the new cover rough, and have found that the text has clocked in at greater length than usual, with a rather more complex plot (or double plot) than the last [...]
I know that nipping to the Netherlands for dinner was extravagant, but hardly more expensive than a taxi across London (I justify the carbon footprint by pointing out that I never drive anywhere and don’t have children) but an evening in Amsterdam, or what Fox News’s sad, bitter Bill O’Reilly calls ‘The cesspool of Europe’ [...]