The Water Room
The Water Room
The Water Room
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They are detections oddest couple: two cranky detectives whose professional partnership dates back half a century. Now Arthur Bryant and John May return in a case of multiple murder that twists through a subterranean course of the secrets, lies, and extreme passions that drive even ordinary men and women to the most shocking crimes.


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| 4 out of 5 Stars!


  The Peculiar Crimes Unit is just about to re-open (after the explosion that occurred in Fowler's first PCU novel, FULL DARK HOUSE) when Benjamin Singh, an old friend of senior detective Arthur Bryant's, asks if he will look into his sister's death. He found her sitting in a chair in her basement, dressed, dry, but with her mouth full of river water. Bryant, his longtime partner John May, and the rest of the team have no sooner started asking questions in her tiny neighborhood when more odd deaths occur.

In the meantime, a young woman has moved into Ruth Singh's old home as London suffers through endless deluges of rain following an unusually hot summer. Why does she keep hearing water when she goes down in her basement, and why do wet spots keep appearing on the walls even though they are dry to the touch? Who is the street person who keeps peering into her window?

You will likely learn more than you might have wanted to know about the watercourses of London's rivers and of its sewage system in the course of this book; however, the mixture of mystery, neighborhood characters, and the eccentric Peculiar Crimes Unit (and its most peculiar member, Arthur Bryant) make the information not only painless, but downright absorbing. Bryant is in fine form in this second PCU outing, and the combination of puzzle and humor is delightful.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


It's interesting to read a review of the 2nd book in the series, with respect to the first, and hear it described, essentially, as "every bit as good as the first, which was quite good." I have finally I believe read them all, in random order, ending with The Water Room, and I would report something very similar. I can't say much about the progression of Fowler's work, per se, but I can say that it is consistently excellent. Fowler certainly knows what he's doing. His writing is rich and well-balanced at every level, AND it is consistent from book to book, without ever being too predictable.

He HAS successfully mixed a light, humorous tone with the gravity of age, and of course the (peculiar) strangeness of his plots. Bryant is pretty decrepit, physically having some difficulty, and his mind is as disorderly as ever, sharp and even visionary though his memory has declined a bit. May is fairly strong, both physically and mentally, despite his years. Neither show any signs of quitting. Far from being alarmed that they might drop dead any moment, I delight that they are still so vital.

The old detectives are a novel twist, which gives this series a unique quality, which perhaps Baby Boomers can well appreciate. We will be entering those golden years soon, and we want to make the best of a bad situation, charge on to the best of our ability, and enjoy life fully. Bryant and May are perfect models for a Spirit of Winter, growing old gracefully.

I particularly liked Water Room in part because its plot depicts a dark and (again) decrepit London, with heavy winter rains, mud and mold above, dark secrets, and mysterious, dangerous tunnels beneath their feet. This novel involves the inhabitants of all the houses on the street, so the relationships can be quite tangled. As the story slowly reveals the truth, residence on this street begins to seem very hazardous, and even our protagonists lives are in danger.

I must say, one of my favorite reads!

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


Terrific, like the whole Bryant and May series, the odd couple of superb London detectives, with Bryant's exhaustive knowledge of every square inch of London, including underground, and its long history and tradition.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


The Water Room is great fun. It's a warped throw back to the days of John Dickson Carr and others of the impossible crimes school. And there is a lot of off-the-wall information, including London's lost or buried rivers and streams. I highly recommed this book to anyone who likes a change of pace from Spenser. Slight warning: read the books in this series one or two at a time as over-dosing would ruin the fun. Enjoy them don't consume them.

| 4 out of 5 Stars!


As titled, this is the first of the series I have read, and I liked it well enough I expect to buy more later.What else to say??

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


  #2 Bryant and May mystery, featuring our two elderly policemen and the entire PCU (Peculiar Crimes Unit) in London. The unit is finally ready to move into their refurbished quarters after the fire that destroyed nearly everything at the end of the first book in the series. Bryant and May, both fearing that their boss is going dissolve their unit at the drop of a hat, are determined to keep themselves and their subordinates busy.

They begin to investigate cases brought to them -sitting in a chair in her basement looking as though she's ready to go out to do the weekly shopping. She's totally dry, but autopsy reveals that she has Thames water--in her mouth and esophagus, but she didn't drown--she asphyxiated from laryngospasm. But how did the water get there?? Bryant is certain foul play is involved and sets out obsessively to prove it. May undertakes a favor for an old lover who has become concerned that her museum curator husband has started doing something illegal that will get them into trouble with the law--he's meeting a known dodgy character in areas that deal with old riverbeds under London's streets, and for the life of them, Bryant & May cannot think of what his interest might be or what they are up to.

I enjoyed this book even more than I did the first one--it's not often you have detectives worrying about seeds under their dentures or chest pains when going up several flights of stairs. Both eccentric in different ways, these two lead their younger colleagues into thinking outside the box to solve these odd cases. The prose is very descriptive and the author has a wonderful way with words and phraseology. I had to look up a few words that I'd never heard of before--which always makes me happy. And I didn't figure the mystery out, either. Wonderful stuff, and I will definitely not be waiting too long to get to the next in series! A+

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