The Water Room

The Water Room

A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Book - 2005
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"Traditional mystery buffs with a taste for the offbeat will relish British author Fowler's wonderful second contemporary whodunit featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit and its elderly odd couple, Arthur Bryant and John May."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

How can an elderly recluse drown in a chair in her otherwise dry basement? That's what John May and Arthur Bryant of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit set out to discover in a city rife with shady real estate developers, racist threats, dodgy academicians, and someone dangerously obsessed with Egyptian mythology. Linking them all is an evil lurking in London's vast and forgotten underground river system--a killer with the eerie ability to strike anywhere, anytime, without leaving a clue. It's a subterranean case of secrets, lies, and multiple murder that defies not only the law, but reason itself. Can Bryant and May bring a killer to the surface and stop the dark tide of murder before it pulls them under, too?

"A clever twist on the traditional police procedural . . . The real thrill here is the delightful duo in the starring roles, two fresh and unusual characters who manage to breathe new life into an established genre in which it's getting harder and harder to find anything genuinely fresh."-- Booklist

"Humorous, engaging."-- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780553385557
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 05, 2017

My favorite of the Peculiar Crimes books. Lots of interesting tidbits about London's history and a death that seems hard to explain given the autopsy results.

Dec 06, 2016

(The second book in the Bryant and May series) ****Series
Bryant and May
1. Full Dark House (2003)
3. Seventy-Seven Clocks (2005)
4. Ten Second Staircase (2006)
5. White Corridor (2007)
6. The Victoria Vanishes (2008)
7. On the Loose (2009)
8. Off the Rails (2010)
9. The Memory of Blood (2011)
10. The Invisible Code (2012)
11. The Bleeding Heart (2014)
12. The Burning Man (2015)
13. Strange Tide (2016)
14. The Wild Chamber (2017)

Aug 14, 2016

An intricate story of a puzzling mystery. How much longer can Bryant & May keep going?

Sep 28, 2014

I was led to this series by the book the the other two commenters are referring to; the one with the 'very creepy story'!!
I'm glad I did!
I've been enjoying reading more about Bryant and May and will continue. This is the third I have read so far.
Twisted stories with great personalities and characters.

Feb 06, 2013

Bryant and May are always enjoyable. There's no mysteries weirder. I've been terrified by one of these books, but this one was no-more-creepy-than-usual.

Nov 23, 2010

The Peculiar Crimes Unit is a controversial branch of the London Police Department that takes on cases that are just a bit too ?off? for the regular police to cope with. Arthur Bryant and John May, the grumpy old men of criminal investigation, have been with the PCU since its inception. May is down-to-earth; Bryant is a cantankerous loner whose acquaintances tend to be mystics, psychics, and Wiccans. Still, they get things done. But with budgets stretched thin, the PCU is looking like less of a necessity. And Bryant and May aren?t helping matters by investigating cases brought to them by friends?May pokes around in the affairs of a disgraced academic and Bryant looks into the death of a little old lady. But the old lady was found drowned in her bone-dry basement. And May?s down-on-his-luck scholar is being paid big money to explore London?s ancient underground river system. With dogged determination, curmudgeonly charm, and good old-fashioned detecting, the duo finds a compelling mystery with a solution that lies deep underground. The Water Room is author Christopher Fowler?s second PCU novel and he is in fine form. There?s plenty of mystery, intrigue, and dark humor, but the real heart of the story is the spirited relationship between the indomitable Bryant and May.


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