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The Victoria Vanishes por Christopher Fowler
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The Victoria Vanishes (edição 2008)

por Christopher Fowler (Autor), Tim Goodman (Reader)

Séries: Bryant and May (6)

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Returning to the Victoria Cross pub hours after witnessing the murder of a woman, Detective Arthur Bryant is stunned to discover that the pub itself has vanished and the street around it has mysteriously aged, and calls in the Peculiar Crimes Unit to track down a killer who is stalking London's oldest watering holes.… (mais)
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Título:The Victoria Vanishes
Autores:Christopher Fowler (Autor)
Outros autores:Tim Goodman (Reader)
Informação:Whole Story Audio Books (2008), Edition: Unabridged edition
Colecções:Library Book
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Etiquetas:2017-12, fiction, mystery, police, crime, detective, pubs, bars, murder, serial killer, supernatural, london, england, uk

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The Victoria Vanishes por Christopher Fowler

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Had not read a Bryant & May PCU book before. This is late in the series (though maybe all of the books in the series end with the threatened dissolution of the PCU), so I'll be looking in secondhand shops for the first one. Liked the dry humor. ( )
  ReadMeAnother | May 26, 2020 |
A delightful mystery that weaves through a dozen or more ancient London pubs and their histories. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
'But seeing as you're here too, tell me, how long would it take a man to build a Victorian pub from scratch and then dismantle it again? Could he do it in a single night?'
Bryant explained his predicament.
Beaufort's initial look of surprise transmuted into concentration as he applied himself to the puzzle. 'It would be easier to go the other way around,' he said. 'Hide the pub behind a shop, because the Victorians built things to last. They used stronger mortar, thicker tiles, denser metals. But you could get a shop front up in an hour just by whacking a few sheets of coloured Perspex over the brickwork and holding them in place with a handful of screws. Cover the windows with posters, strip the interior furniture, hide the bar behind racks of magazines, hire some old guy to sit at a counter and fob you off with some story about how he'd been there for years. Pubs usually have the capacity to be brightly lit, because the lights are traditionally turned up after time has been called, so they wouldn't have to replace the lighting. I can see how that might just work.'
'I don't know, Bryant admitted. 'It sounds loopy even to me.'
'I didn't say it was a sane idea, just that it's possible.
There's one way to find out, said Beaufort. 'I've got a crowbar in my car.'


When several middle-aged women are murdered in London pubs without anyone noticing what is happening, the Pecular Crimes Unit are called in and Arthur Bryant's knowledge of arcane public house history soon leads them to a likely suspect. But were the victims really chosen at random or is there something else behind it?

The Home Office are still out to close the PCU down and rid themselves of the troublesome detectives, and things are looking bleak by the end of the book, but The Victoria Vanishes is book 6 in a series containing 15 novels and some short stories, so something must happen to save them in the next book. ( )
  isabelx | May 8, 2018 |
The agents of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit are investigating the sudden death of a middle-aged woman in a local pub when a second middle-aged woman dies in another pub, then a third. There are too many similarities for them to be unrelated, but lead investigators Bryant and May can't see how the women are connected and how someone is killing them in crowded pubs yet getting away unseen.

I've had this one, and a few others, on my shelf for awhile, so I grabbed the one that was earliest in the series. This seems to be a series that should be read in order and I wished I'd had the first. I think this is the sixth, and it's pretty far along in terms of character relationships. Bryant is past retirement age in this story and there are numerous mentions of previous cases, but I found it gripping anyway, and really well-written. Bryant and May, and their unit, are likable and the premise is unique, so now, great, another series I need to continue. ( )
  mstrust | Feb 24, 2017 |
This is my first mystery by Mr. Fowler. I found his Characterizations brilliant especially that of Arthur Bryant and John May, the aging detectives. However, I can't say the same about some of the plot... at least the final one third of the novel. Up until then I was having an engaging and funny read. Even so, I want to read more of Mr. Fowler's work. Like another reviewer, I think I will try to read the PCU mysteries chronologically. ( )
  ebeach | Feb 5, 2015 |
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There’s always a serious point to Fowler’s drolly mannered mysteries, and here it’s the future of London’s historic drinking establishments — many of them visited in the course of this devious puzzle.
adicionada por y2pk | editarNew York Times, Marilyn Stasio (Nov 14, 2008)
 

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