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England's Finest

Written by: Christopher Fowler
Narrated by: Tim Goodman
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The Peculiar Crimes Unit has solved many extraordinary cases over the years, but some were hushed up and hidden away. Until now.

Arthur Bryant remembers these lost cases as if they were yesterday. Here, then, is the truth about the Covent Garden opera diva and the 17th reindeer, the body that falls from the Tate Gallery, the ordinary London street corner where strange accidents keep occurring, the consul’s son discovered buried in the unit’s basement, the corpse pulled from a swamp of Chinese dinners, a Hallowe’en crime in the Post Office Tower and the impossible death that’s the fault of a forgotten London legend. 

Expect misunderstood clues, lost evidence, arguments about Dickens, churches, pubs and disorderly conduct from the investigative officers they laughingly call ‘England’s Finest’!

©2019 Christopher Fowler (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Nancy
  • 17-11-19

Over to soon!

I have listened to all of this series and enjoyed each one of them. I wish they could just continue on. When they end I feel like I’m leaving amazing friends. Excellent narration, characters and stories. Always leaves me wanting more.

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  • Jae
  • 22-02-20

A singularly poor outlier in an otherwise excellent series.

I’m shocked that I could be so disappointed in this book because it’s in a series that I otherwise love.

The vast majority of the Bryant and May series are some of my favorite books that I suggest at every opportunity... and still will. This is an awful departure from the rest and is difficult to even get through. I had to re-start it twice after being well into it because it was so easy to loose interest. That’s not something I’ve experienced with most of the others. The narrator, Tim Goodman, is excellent as usual and seems to do the best he can with little to work with.

After listened to this nearly three times (because I thought I owed that to the strength of the series), I can’t remember anything that happened. Meanwhile, I was so grabbed by the earlier works that I can still picture my imagined scenes quite vividly as Mr. Fowler and Mr. Goodman combined to bring the stories with heart to life.

Basically, this should have been titled “BRYANT & MAY; TABLE SCRAPS.” It’s a bunch of uninteresting short stories that have no soul. They more-or-less come from out of nowhere and lead to nowhere. I don’t know if Christopher Fowler passed away but it almost feels like he’s done and the publisher was given a bunch of scraps that were found lying on the cutting room floor that they figured they could bleed one more purchase out of what is probably a pretty loyal audience. I certainly hope that’s not the case and Mr. Fowler is alive and well and working on a book with heart or at the very least enjoying retirement... but, if this is the new normal I’ll accept that I enjoyed a great run until now and retire this series myself.

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  • TC
  • 10-01-20

I can't get enough of BRYANT & MAY.

THE BRYANT & MAY SERIES ARE DELIGHTFUL. The kind of read you can't put down. Tim Goodman is a good part of the series as well.
I enjoy listening to them again and again. This enables me to catch things I missed the first time around.
Mr. Fowler please keep writing BRYANT & MAY.

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  • Sue
  • 28-11-19

Box of Gems

I am a huge fan of Christopher Fowler's Bryant and May series, pouncing on each new book as it comes out.
His characters are amazing, particularly Arthur who we all adore, despite his being a grumpy old git a lot of the time. Occasionally he glances up from his books and we see that he does love and appreciate those around him.
This, our second Christmas gift of a volume of short stories, is a collection of perfectly crafted treats that leave you craving more.
We are mostly in London, that vital extra character, but we do venture far afield in one story.
The series is a perfect example of an audiobook taking a book and adding a dimension. Tim Goodman puts the perfect voice to each character and helps pull us in. in this volume, where the stories jump around Bryant and May's timeline, he even manages to shave age from the voices without losing the people.
Genius.
I'm off to start again at the beginning.

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  • CM
  • 29-03-20

Fantastic

I am so happy Bryant and May are back. In these difficult times it is great to escape into their world. Christopher Fowler has done the perfect thing ,delving into past cases via Bryant’s memoirs. I enjoyed this immensely. For those who read the Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch wouldn’t it be great if the Folly ran into the PCU , just sayin !

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  • David
  • 21-03-20

Very funny and good stories

Bryant and May stories are always entertaining and I learnt a new piece of rhyming slang.

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  • Mr A H Jones
  • 15-03-20

Some real gems

Big fan of Bryant and may and these varied short stories might their perfect format

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  • Mr
  • 22-01-20

stunning book

other great book. can't want for more. just love these books highlight of my year when they come out . looking forward for more thank you for such a great series

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  • VM J
  • 17-01-20

What joy

Flicking through Audible I noticed the latest collection of Bryant and May stories; what joy. As with all short stories it is a mixed bag but enjoyable nonetheless. I have been with the two gentlemen since the beginning and dread the day when they finally retire. Having collections like this enables the PUC to never finally close. Particularly enjoy Raymond Land’s introduction with his perspective on the cases. Tim Goodman as narrator is as brilliant as ever. If I ever read Bryant and May stories in book form I hear his voice in my head!

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  • carole.ns
  • 06-01-20

Old friends back

I never like getting to the end of these books. Cant wait for the next

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  • Peter Edwards
  • 03-01-20

great to have them back hope more to come

great narrator as all ways good to have them back hope more to come thanks

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  • Londoner
  • 20-12-19

Worth a go

Interesting stories as usual but the narrator seemed to get lost with the accents so I sometimes lost track of who was speaking

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  • Mary
  • 11-03-20

SHORT STORIES ABOUT THE PCU

Loved it. You need to know the characters to get the best out of it. I hope there is more where that cane came from.