Good Books Strange Tide published The river Thames is London s most important yet neglected artery When a young wom
Good Books Strange Tide published 2020 The river Thames is London s most important yet neglected artery When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no one can understand how she came to be drowned there At the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves dealing with an impossible crime committed in a very public place Soon they discover that the river is giving up other viThe river Thames is London s most important yet neglected artery When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no one can understand how she came to be drowned there At the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves dealing with an impossible crime committed in a very public place Soon they discover that the river is giving up other victims, but as the investigation extends from the coast of Libya to the nightclubs of North London, it proves as murkily sinister as the Thames itself That s only part of the problem Bryant s rapidly deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case, and he is confined to home To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgement that knocks him out of action and places everyone at risk.With the PCU staff baffled as much by their own detectives as the case, the only people who can help now are the battery of eccentrics Bryant keeps listed in his diary, but will their arcane knowledge save the day or make matters even worse Soon there s a clear suspect in everyone s sights the only thing that s missing is any scrap of evidence.As the detectives disastrous investigation comes unstuck, the whole team gets involved in some serious messing about on the river In an adventure that s as twisting as the river upon which it s set, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when it s over. The best Kindle Strange Tide This Bryant and May novel focuses on the River Thames, its victims and the deaths that occur in it or beside it. Lynsey Dalladay's body is discovered tethered to the river's shoreline. The Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) are the police team who takes the case and it raises the question of whether it is a suicide or not. Running alongside is the story of Ali, an ambitious refugee with a traumatic backstory that includes his journey to Britain. Ali finds himself in London acquiring a variety of identities in a number of ventures that include magic shows and running a Well Being Centre. He has a partner, Cassie who helps organise the ventures, but they centre on the charm and charisma of Ali. It is made clear that Ali will be a person of interest to the PCU in the future. Additionally, there is the pressing issue of Bryant's health, but thankfully that is mostly resolved thanks to Bryant himself.The investigation takes in the discovery of a severed hand close to Lynsey's body. Further deaths connected with the mighty Thames occur or are discovered. These include Dimitri Gilyov, Bill Crooms, Angela Curtis and Marion North. North's murder is staged to implicate John May which has the team frantic to find evidence to exonerate him. The complex and intricate case goes around in circles trying to ascertain if the deaths are connected. There are a number of twists and turns and it is Bryant who finally puts it all together. In the meantime, the PCU is being investigated by Barbara Biddle, who cannot help but note the disorganisation, the lack of a chain of command, and the mayhem that surrounds the unit. Well, that is not going to change, as it's the madcap people and disorder that is the key to its success and the espirit de corps of the team.As ever, we are informed of the history and the mythology of the Thames, primarily thanks to Arthur and his acquaintances. The humour, wit and fun associated with the series is outstanding in this novel. It is the marvellous assortment of characters that make this series. I loved this book but felt that perhaps occasionally the level of incoherence was perhaps a tad higher than it needed to be. However, this did not stop me having a whale of a time reading this book. Christopher Fowler is quite a writer. I am assuming that Bryant and May will return. Thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC.