The year is 1969 and ten guests are about to enjoy a country house weekend at Tavistock Hall. But one amongst them is harbouring thoughts of murder. . . The guests also include the young detectives Arthur Bryant and John May undercover, in disguise and tasked with protecting Monty Hatton-Jones, a whistle-blower turning Queens evidence in a massive bribery trial. Luckily, theyve got a decent chap on the inside who can help them the one-armed Brigadier, Nigel Fruity Metcalf.The scene is set for what could be the perfect country house murder mystery, except that this particular get-together is nothing like a Golden Age classic. For the good times are, it seems, coming to an end. The houses owner a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat is intent on selling the estate (complete with its own hippy encampment) to a secretive millionaire but the weekend has only just started when the millionaire goes missing and murder is on the cards. But army manoeuvres have closed the only access road and without a forensic examiner, Bryant and May cant solve the case. Its when a falling gargoyle fells another guest that the two incognito detectives decide to place their future reputations on the line. And in the process discover that in Swinging Britain nothing is quite what it seemsSo gentle reader, you are cordially invited to a weekend in the country. Expect murder, madness and mayhem in the mansion!...
|Title||:||Hall of Mirrors (Bryant and May #15)|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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Hall of Mirrors (Bryant and May #15) Reviews
I enjoyed Hall Of Mirrors. It is the first Bryant and May book I have read; it works fine as a stand-alone novel, but I suspect that there are quite a few running gags and references which I'd have picked up better if I had read some of the previous ones.
It is 1969 and, following a major debacle while in pursuit of a suspect, Arthur and John are sent to a crumbling stately home in Kent to guard a threatened witness in a forthcoming high-profile trial. A good deal of chaos ensues, including a num ...more
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While the shift of time zone back to the swinging sixties is a change for the Bryant & May series, it still retains the wit, quirkiness and smart writing that consistently make these books my favourites to read. For aficionados, there are entertaining in-jokes harking back to the very first book of the series and its dubious historical setting (and the origins of Victor the Mini and Bryant’s trademark scarf are finally revealed) but there’s plenty here for a new reader too. The country house ...more
I have read most of Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May mysteries and I think this could now be one of my favourites from the whole series. I love Bryant and May, I love the 1960s and I love a country house murder mystery – result!
“If it’s a proper country house murder it needs to follow country house rules”
In fact, Hall of Mirrors is so much more than a modern take on the classic GAD country house murder mystery. Not only is it well written, superbly plotted and hilarious, it is very knowing ...more
Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC.
Fowler gives us glimpse of the past and future in this rollickinng 70's bizare house party mystery.