Bryant and May

This just arrived at Fowler Towers. I am beyond excited. It’s out July 22nd. There WILL be signed first edition giveaways. As you were.

43 comments on “+++STOP PRESS+++”

  1. Cornelia Appleyard says:


  2. Martin+Tolley says:

    What Cornelia said

  3. Stu-I-Am says:

    Huzzah! Happy 20. A terrific accomplishment. Can we assume, ‘He is at work on his next Peculiar Crimes Unit novel ?’

  4. Stephen says:

    Three cheers.

  5. Brooke says:

    Lovely cover …but for artistic reasons, John should have glasses as in first design.
    Since we won’t see it on this side of pond until 2022, you have time to fix.

  6. Liz+Thompson says:

    Delighted. Pre-ordered months ago!

  7. Jo W says:

    You must be so proud,Chris. A beautiful addition to the family.

  8. Margaret Ramsay says:

    Thank goodness I need these stories in my life. Just reading Oranges and Lemons. I was so pleased to find it in the library. Its been a while since the last one. Unfortunately I read them faster than you write them. Please don’t stop.

  9. Margaret Ramsay says:

    My favourite author. The only one that can make me smile with happiness. You must have such fun writing the. I love the London history and have walked around the places mentioned to really experience the mood.

  10. Lyn+Jackson says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  11. Keith says:

    Brilliant Chris. Can’t wait
    Just finished The Lonely Hour. In my opinion perhaps the most entertaining of all..
    A tad more bleak than its predecessors with the ending on a knife edge. I’m sure going to.miss this series.
    Hopefully you are as well as can be.

  12. Davem says:

    Great news

  13. Keith says:

    Thought at first you’d misspelled Fawlty Towers 🙂

  14. James Devlin says:

    I can never have too many signed editions…

  15. Peter+T says:

    Looking forward to it. I can now at long last allow myself to read Oranges and Lemons. I hope the series will go on forever. For me, nothing else compares, apart from Sherlock Holmes. As my brain approaches a similar state to Arthur’s I could go back to the beginning and re-read them all, but it’s better to look forward. What else can you do, when yesterday is a bit vague?

  16. joel says:

    lovely too see…congratulations.

  17. Helen+Martin says:

    Ordered from Blackwells as an experiment. Looking forward with delight and I will be rereading the whole series starting next week when I’ll have finished The March Fallen (Marzgefallene) a police procedural set in Berlin 1933 where life has suddenly become much too complicated. Your London will be a great relief.

  18. Roger says:

    Calloo! Callay! Oh frabjous day!

  19. Stu-I-Am says:

    ‘Bryant and May’s twentieth-anniversary case brings an ending and a new beginning to London’s most peculiar crimes unit and all who work there.’ (From a blurb for ‘London Bridge’). Talk about whetting an appetite…

  20. Peter says:

    Wonderful news! You must be very proud! And you should! Congratulations! I am really looking forward to this anniversary case of my favourite detective duo!

  21. Michael James Pitcher says:

    Already ordered a signed copy from goldsboro books , really looking forward to it

  22. Richard says:

    If ever a cover summed up a character’s world view, it’s this one. Lovely bit of work.

  23. Mimi says:

    Ordered from amazon.uk…amazon.us doesn”t have it till December! Can’t wait to read it.

  24. Martin Rusnak says:

    In the past I have waited to order Bryant and May books until they were available in the US. I live in Washington state.

    What the hell was I thinking?

    Readers in the US should know that they can order this book today from Blackwell’s in the UK, and it ships for free. Order now and you will have it before Arthur Bryant can finish his next bag of old fashioned, boiled, stale crap we can’t buy here in America.


    Life is good! It can be even better for the low, low price of $23.89.

  25. John Howard says:

    Oh my… be still my beating heart. There seem to be a few of us that are really quite excited to get this little gem into our outstretched mitts. It’s on pre-order, but… before I read this one I’m going right back to the start and then it can be read as part of the whole.
    Stay safe the two of you.

  26. SteveB says:

    I loved this cover immediately when admin first posted it
    I don‘t remember seeing the ‚A city of mysteries…‘ strapline before and I think it‘s great.
    The whole package is wonderful.
    If this doesn‘t work to pull in new readers nothing will.
    Can‘t wait to have it in my hands.

  27. Mark Smith says:

    Cover looks amazing – really looking forward to this

  28. Paul C says:

    Marvellous news – 22 July is my birthday so perfect timing. Can’t wait……..

  29. Stu-I-Am says:

    ‘Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond.’ — Hunter S. Thompson Now, I have to wonder which origin for the nursery rhyme will the master of mischief use as a ‘hook’ for ‘London Bridge ?’ Or will he toy with us metaphorically ? I can hear the cackling and hand rubbing from here.

  30. Peter+T says:

    I’m happy that more people are discovering Blackwell’s, undoubtedly the world’s greatest bookshop, contrary to claims from the Charing Cross Road. They and their subsidiary, Heffers, have provided me with outstanding service for over half a century. In a world where bookshops and other institutions are closing, I hope they can survive for a many more years. The apostrophe is probably important, but a mystery to me.

  31. Stu-I-Am says:

    @Peter+T Blackwell’s seem to among the last of a dying breed of apostrophized booksellers. Waterstones dropped the apostrophe a while back as did Foyles and Hatchards. But since the latter two are now owned by Waterstones, it’s not surprising they are now both sleek and search/digital marketing ready like their parent company.

  32. Brooke says:

    Thank you, Martin R. Tis indeed a bargain.

  33. linda+ayres says:

    At last something to look forward to…thank you so much for continuing to delight us.

  34. Lorraine says:

    This is wonderful news! Excited, can’t wait to get a copy.

  35. Nelle Stokes says:

    So excited! Congratulations, Mr. Fowler. And thank you @MartinRusnack for the Blackwell’s tip for those of us in the US!

  36. Linwood Hines says:

    As down as I have been this summer, THERE IS SOMETHING GOOD COMING! Is it possible to order (Blackwell’s or Mysterious ) a signed copy?

  37. Jan says:

    Well done

  38. Helen+Martin says:

    @Linwood Hines, yes it is.The order forms ask if you want it signed and there is no extra charge, which means Chris gets to use up his ink and tire his writing hand for no recompense. Anything for the fans.
    I have been following the news from a Fantasy/Sci Fi publishing house and find the information that “signing sheets are with the author and we’ll be putting the books into the Royal Mail as soon as we have tipped the sheets into the books” very warm and immediate.

  39. Margie L Wilson says:

    My birthday is July 22. I’ve never had a better present! I’m ordering from Blackwell’s as usual.

  40. Richard says:

    Congratulations, Chris. A 20-volume series (especially of this quality) is a rare achievement.

  41. Bookaholic Kiwi says:

    LBIF is pre-ordered via hive.co.uk – lovely online book-deliverers who have free postage, discounts for students and older readers and who donate to one of your local, independent bookstores, each time you buy a book. I do like the cut of their jib; helping out bookaholics and book shops.

    Looking forward to the book, though aware of the duality of the title. ‘London Bridge is Falling’ is apparently a code to be used when QEII dies. Worried about the fates of the main characters this time; they are so real. A squillion thank yous and an imaginary chocky fish to you, CF, for your many fantabulous, funny, brain-twistingly plotted, books. Several times, reading at 2am when I couldn’t tear myself away from the latest B+M novel, I’ve exclaimed ‘Oh, no!’ as you’ve snuck in some unexpected malfeasance. True confession: you have been sworn at, several times, for killing off characters I’d grown attached to: even though we know they are ALL at risk of shorter lives than they expect, in B+M land! And that wonderful con trip with time, within the series – bravo! Still makes me laugh! Bryant’s ‘Memoirs’ indeed!

    Hope you are soon able to visit Spain again, to enjoy the sunshine and the sanity of a better organised country.

  42. Helen+Martin says:

    @ Bookaholic. Profit margins being as slim as they are one wonders how firms are able to offer deals like this.

  43. Hallelujah! And thank you

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