Full Dark House
Christopher Fowler
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Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM By Christopher Fowler

Edgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting new mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department s Peculiar Crimes Unit In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both their first and last case and how along the way the unlikelEdgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting new mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department s Peculiar Crimes Unit In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both their first and last case and how along the way the unlikely pair of crime fighters changed the face of detection.A present day bombing rips through London and claims the life of eighty year old detective Arthur Bryant For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met Desperately searching for clues to the killer s identity, May finds his old friend s notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returnedwith a killing vengeance.It begins when a dancer in a risque new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits and beyond For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London s theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama And it will take Arthur Bryant s unorthodox techniques and John May s dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of themd is ready to claim the other.Filled with startling twists, unforgettable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Full Dark House is a witty, heartbreaking, and all too human thriller about the hunt for an inhuman killer.
  • Title: Full Dark House
  • Author: Christopher Fowler
  • ISBN: 9780553587142
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback

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Dan Schwent Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Arthur Bryant and John May are parters in the PCU and have been for over sixty years. That's Peculiar Crimes Division. At least they were, until a bomb goes off and ends their partnership. While May copes with his loss and tries to piece together what happened to Arthur, he thinks about their first case and how the two events may be related.I never thought I'd enjoy a book about the partnership of two crotchedy British detectives so much. The primary setting, a old theatre during the WWII bombin [...]
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Brenda Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
This book was a tedious read for me. The plot got too bogged down with descriptions in hope of building an atmosphere. London during the Blitz was interesting, but the interior of the theatre was not. The investigators Arthur Bryant and John May didn’t connect with me, whether it was in 1940 when they were aged 19 and 22 or in 2003 when they were in their 80's. The secondary characters, especially those in the theatre, just made me sad. I reviewed the first few pages of the second book in the [...]
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Susan Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
This is the first of the series featuring Arthur Bryant and John May, of the Peculiar Crimes Unit in London. The book begins in the present, with an explosion in the offices, and Arthur Bryant inside. The Unit opened in 1939 and, recently, May was aware that Bryant had been writing his memoirs and writing up his first case. This leads him to try to track down who was responsible for the destruction of the office, as well as coming to terms with losing his partner.In this book, we are taken back [...]
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Kemper Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
A mysterious phantom haunts a creepy old theater in an apparent attempt to scare the performers and keep the latest production from starting. Does that sound like a Scooby Doo episode, or is it just me? “I’d have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids!” Or in this case, meddling English detectives instead of talking dogs and damn dirty hippies.Actually, this was a pretty dark and well done mystery with an intriguing concept and structure. Arthur Bryant and John May have b [...]
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Ellie Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
I think my love for this series was summed up in a phrase of one of the characters portrayed by author Christopher Fowler: "Everyone wants the things that remind them of childhood. I just re-imagine them with the materials of the present." Full Dark House captures my favorite aspects of my "childhood" mysteries-Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, especially come to mind, dressed up in very contemporary dark humor and time manipulation.Although not the first I've read, Full Dark House is the fir [...]
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Nancy Oakes Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
If I had to classify this novel in terms of genre, it would be somewhere along the lines of British police procedural meets the X-files. I was thinking while I was reading this that it would make a fun movie, but I countered that thought with the knowledge that some screenwriter would just screw it up, so better to leave it in book format. What a cool book! I originally bought this book in mass market paperback format eons ago, but never got around to reading it until I saw the same book in trad [...]
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Sara Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
There were two quotes on the back of the paperback copy of Full Dark HouseI picked up that caught my attention: "A madcap mystery" and "How many locked-room puzzles can the duo unlock" My kind of book; or so I thought.Not only is there no locked room (the detectives took another character's word for it on that one) it wasn't terribly madcap either. Nor was the plot original; yes, folks, it's another "reinterpretation" of that famous Gaston Leroux novel, The Phantom of the Opera. I do like the ch [...]
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Liz Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
I hate to cheat, but I may just cut to the end. Have you ever felt annoyed with a book for wasting your time? This is one of those books. But don't take my word for it - lots of positive comments on mystery forum. Other readers enjoy the history (ww2 Britain) and humor. I enjoy history too, but it if it isn't delivered in a compelling style it doesn't make the book worthwhile. And the humor, well, if quirky, cranky & British make characters fun for you, read this book. I need a really good s [...]
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Andy Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
It starts in modern day & left me with a Hmmmm as the text talks of a wartime mystery/crime to solve, there’s also a reveal which further unravels the seriesThen we’re back into the past & in London theatreland at the height of the blitz, a whole host of characters are thrown at the unsuspecting reader all with the tag of “potential murder” hanging over them leaving me totally flummoxed, situation normal then!Murders, missing people, suspects multiple, clairvoyants, spiritual “ [...]
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Roger Brunyate Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
 Feet on the ground… or not?It really was a hell of a blast. The explosion occurred at daybreak on the second Tuesday morning of September, its shock waves rippling through the beer-stained streets of Mornington Crescent. It detonated car alarms, hurled house bricks across the street, blew a chimney stack forty feet into the sky, ruptured the eardrums of several tramps, denuded over two dozen pigeons, catapulted a surprised ginger tom through the window of a kebab shop and fired several roofi [...]
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Veronica Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
There was too much that was vague about this story for me to rate it any higher. The chapters shift between the present (the book was published in 2003) when Arthur Bryant and John May are both in their eighties and 1940 when they're working their first case together as members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. The problem is that, when it comes to the relationships and the investigation of multiple murders, there is too much telling and not enough showing. For the investigation things are suddenly a [...]
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Marwan Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Well, this Crime Fiction was better than I thought it'd be, I'd give it 5 stars if it wasn't too long and too detailed. But it's to be expected since it's a historical fiction also. The novel is the first in the series that revolves around the adventures of Arthur Bryant and John May in the peculiar crime squad unit. It focus on the first case they worked on together during the world war 2. It's about a series of murders that occurs in the Palace theater, a murderer who moves swiftly and mange t [...]
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LJ Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
FULL DARK HOUSE (Police Procedural-London-Cont/WWII) – G+Fowler, Christopher – 1st of seriesBantam Books, 2003- HardcoverWhen a present day bombing of the Peculiar Crimes Unit kills elderly detective Arthur Bryant, his partner, John May looks to their first case for clues as to why.*** What an interesting use of contrasts. Fowler brings to life 1940s London during the Blitz offset by the Millennium Eye; the chaos of the streets during the Blitz and the insularity of a theatre; traditional po [...]
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Lois Bujold Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Well, hm.This book was recced to me for humor, which turns out not to be quite the case -- more irony and dark wit. Too dark for my current reading needs, which took it down a star subjectively, but well written, which added a star objectively. Quirky and eccentric without being cozy.Written in omniscient, with parallel tales taking place in two times -- Detectives Bryant and May's first case, occurring during the London Blitz, and their last, in the early 21st Century. The omniscient voice allo [...]
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Andrew Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Ah I have finally finished it - I will have to hold my hand up and apologise this book took far too long to read and that should in no way reflect on the quality of the story or abilities of Christopher Fowler - nope this one sits with me. A mixture of bad timing (I was reading it as I was preparing to head to the US on business) and the fact I am shallow and was easily distracted by other books to read at the same time.But what of the book! Well this if I remember correctly (go on correct me) w [...]
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Jan C Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Excellent. I can't wait for #2 - once I find out what it is.I was stumped.It was kind of confusing though - always jumping backwards and forwards through time. One place we are in the '40s and then the next thing you know, we are back in the present day. Admittedly both cases did tie together but it took me a little bit grasping that we were no longer in the same time zone.Sorry time traveler lovers - this is not "time travel" but just two stories in two different decades taking place within the [...]
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Kathy Davie Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
First in the Bryant and May Peculiar Crimes Unit historical mystery series and revolving around a pair of detectives who, thankfully, balance each other, and which flips between 1940 and 2000 in London.In 2004, Full Dark House won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel.My TakeIt’s a peculiar start with the death of one of the main characters. In between, there are some flamboyant theatrical deaths…shades of Phantom of the O [...]
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Chris Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
You're either going to love or loathe this book about a British detective in his 80s who finds himself revisiting the first case he worked on (60 years ago) with his partner in the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Be warned that this is not a fast-paced book and it is, unsurprisingly, filled with flashbacks. Flashbacks usually drive me crazy, but I was ok with them in this book.
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Chuck Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Christopher Fowler introduces you to Arthur Bryant and John May, lead detectives of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit in this first of a great series! While the PCU specializes in using unusual methods to solve their anything but routine cases, to simply call Bryant and May off-beat would be unfair. Fowler uses clever plots, dark humor, and a memorable supporting cast to tell his stories. The fact that Bthe main characters have been at their jobs since the early 1940s, putting both comfortably in th [...]
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Josen Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
3.5This was a fun mystery that took place during WWII in London. The investigation was headed by two detectives, Bryant and May, of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. "They meant peculiar in the sense of particular, but the damage is done". What I liked most about this story was the camaraderie and humor between the partners. There were quite a few places that gave me a good laugh. I could totally picture these two playing off each other like a good buddy movie. This is the first in a series of Bryant an [...]
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James Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Has just that little bit of cleverness, humour, and originality that goes such a long way in a crime series. Also a genuinely skin crawling moment to cherish.
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Mark Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
It takes a lot of skill, if not a lot of nerve, for an author to set up a book seemingly about the exploits of a crime detective duo and apparently kill one of them off on the first page.But that’s what happens here. In present day London, an incendiary device is set off in the office of London Metropolitan Police’s Peculiar Crimes Unit, which not only destroys their police files but kills Arthur Bryant, one half of a detective double, Bryant and May. The surviving detective John May is now [...]
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Claude Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Three and a half stars really. I liked the background (a London theatre during the Blitz), I had a bit of trouble making sure who was who, though! Maybe it was me, or maybe it was the fact that the book constantly shifted between the past and the present. But it was certainly an interesting read, often humorous, and although I tended to mix up Bryant and May, I might get used to them better in a second episode.
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Antonomasia Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Starting this series after reading three of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant stories, they're a glaringly obvious comparison: same city, same occupation, same surname shared by main characters - though slightly different occult to police from a shoestring, maverick unit of the Met. Basically, Fowler is a bit more serious - the same recognisably British comic tone hovers under the surface, but never becomes cheeky or flippant, befitting protagonists about sixty years Grant's senior. And as a friend [...]
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Bandit Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
I really thought I would like this more. The premise is great and I'm a fan of Fowler, he does terrific short fiction. But eventually seems like every author falls into a trap of serialized fiction. Fowler did so with Bryant and May, a pair of grumpy old men, formerly slightly less grumpy young men, who work for Peculiar Crime Unita british police force for the crimes that are somewhat off the beaten path. The book alternates narratives from present time(semi present, the book came out 2003) and [...]
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The Flooze Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
In a delightfully British mystery, we meet Bryant and May, detectives in the Peculiar Crimes Unit. The story flits back and forth between the Blitz and the present, as May tries to find a correlation between a modern day bombing and the first crime he and Arthur Bryant tackled. Pitching back and forth between two time periods, we learn much of the Unit's beginnings in a war torn climate. A series of murders in a theater contrasts with the numerous deaths surrounding London. While dodging bombs f [...]
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Lea Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
The first of Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May mysteries (& the first of his books I've read), Full Dark House is one of those wonderful mysteries that lays out all of the clues for you straight from the beginning of the book. It's amusing (& irritating) to look back over the story, putting the pieces all together, realizing that if you'd only been a bit smarter you could have figured the whole thing out yourself.Sadly, I'm NOT that smart. The person I pegged as the murderer . . . wa [...]
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Sandy Lenahan Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
Holy Moses this was a tough one to get through, not a bad one just slow moving and for the first few chapters a little confusing. Told from two different London time lines; the first, November 1940 during the blitz and present day (2003ish) detailing both the beginning and unfortunate end of the 6 decade long working & friendship of Arthur Bryant and John May principle investigators of the London Police forces Peculiar Crimes unit. Fowler's story is as cumbersome as my previous sentence. Vam [...]
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Ryan Mishap Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
I simply became bored. Decent characters, intriguing storyline covering two crimes--one during the Blitz and one in modern times--, and not a small measure of witty dialogue. The thing just plods like a, well, Thing from a B-horror movie, never really getting on with it, as they say. Some writers can make the seemingly mundane snap and sparkle, while others can make murderous action seem like an hour in the dentist's office waiting room.
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Sara Oct 23, 2020 - 02:08 AM
It took me several tries to get into this (don't really know why) but once I did--whew! A good ride. Simultaneous stories of the first case eccentric detectives Bryant & May worked on together in 1940 London, and the last one some 60 years later. Full of wonderful details, just enough grimness of both crime and war, and delightfully droll humor. Going on to the second book!
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Full Dark House By Christopher Fowler Edgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting new mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department s Peculiar Crimes Unit In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both their first and last case and how along the way the unlikelEdgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting new mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department s Peculiar Crimes Unit In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both their first and last case and how along the way the unlikely pair of crime fighters changed the face of detection.A present day bombing rips through London and claims the life of eighty year old detective Arthur Bryant For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met Desperately searching for clues to the killer s identity, May finds his old friend s notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returnedwith a killing vengeance.It begins when a dancer in a risque new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits and beyond For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London s theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama And it will take Arthur Bryant s unorthodox techniques and John May s dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of themd is ready to claim the other.Filled with startling twists, unforgettable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Full Dark House is a witty, heartbreaking, and all too human thriller about the hunt for an inhuman killer.

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