‘The newspapers referred to it as the case of the seventy-seven clocks. There was quite a fuss at the time. We got into terrible trouble. Dear fellow, it was one of our most truly peculiar cases. I remember as if it was yesterday.’Â In fact, Arthur Bryant remembers very little about yesterday, but he does remember the oddest investigation of his career, involving clocks and bombs and a sinister Victorian legacy that reaches into the present.