Bryant and May

Autumn Schedule: London Insights


  As summer ends I’ll shortly be heading home and spending some time with something I need to catch up on: London. There are a few experiences in the city that I haven’t tried for a while, so I’ll be visiting institutions, tourist attractions and secret places to see what London in the Phoney War […]

Are Bryant & May Becoming Fashionable?

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An article in today’s Observer by Sarah Hughes staggered me a bit this morning. Newspapers love to look for two snowstorms and suggest the next big thing will be the Ice Age, but the idea that ‘cosies’ are the hot new thing (nice coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s first book) is a […]

The ‘Wild Chamber’ of London parks


Certain geographical factors determine our creative lives. When you travel around Figueres in Northern Spain you quickly see why Salvador Dali painted in ambers and ochres; it’s in the landscape all over the area. Whole views look exactly like his paintings. Writers often explore the issues that surround staying or leaving a hometown to head […]

The New Bryant & May

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This is the cover of the new Bryant & May novel, out in May, and here’s the full synopsis: BRYANT & MAY 15: WILD CHAMBER In which Mr May Takes A Walk In The Park And Mr Bryant Gets Lost In The Wilderness   Our story begins at the end of an investigation, as the […]

The Bryant & May Referendum


Referendums are all the rage these days, the trick being to abide by the results even when they’re not what you expected and the result is discovering that your country may just have been well and truly boned, so I have one for you. It concerns an idea for a Bryant & May book. Quite […]

Writers In Many Hats


I’ve been talking to readers a lot this spring, and one subject that kept returning was whether writers can work on many types of book, or if they should stay in one area. Crime was once a part of general fiction until genres separated out in bookshops, so that SF/horror, fantasy (and believe it or […]

Raymond Kirkpatrick On The English Summer


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. ‘So I get up half an hour late and heave myself down the Euston Road to the British Library, trying […]

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 […]