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The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Bryant and May #6) by Christopher Fowler

Victoria VanishesTitle: The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Bryant and May #6)
Author: Christopher Fowler
Rating: ★★★★

Arthur Bryant And John May (similar to Holmes and Watson) are senior detectives at the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU), on their way to retirement. We find our two detectives on a new case: four woman (similarly aged) have been killed publicly in pubs.

During this investigation, the PCU is facing closing by headquarters due to the detectives straying from the beaten paths. Jack Renfield, former nemesis, has been promoted as their senior and is a strict law-abider, forcing the detectives to try to be on their best behavior.

After a shocking twist, the murderer is apprehended. The detectives are getting older, and with that, their health is deteriorating, which has caused some issues along the way. 

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?

One night while Bryant is walking home, he notices a middle-aged woman entering the Victoria Cross pub. Later, he finds out that the same lady was murdered. However, later going back to the scene of the crime, Victoria Cross no longer exists. Is it his memory issues or is there something more?

I thought this was a great read for those who are choosing to read the novel as a standalone. Never having read a Bryant and May novel in the past, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on much. It was easy to distinguish and get a feel for who the characters really were, which is definitely something I look for in a novel.

Who is behind all of the murders and what was the motive? What is the connection between the women?


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