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The Water RoomOod And when the elderly sister of Bryant’s friend is found dead in the basement of her decrepit house in Kentish Town they find themselves on the verge of making exactly that mistakeAccording to the coroner Ruth Singh’s heart simply stopped beating But why was a woman who rarely left the house fully dressed for an outing And why was there river water in her throat Convinced that the old lady didn’t die a natural death the detectives delve into a murky case with no apparent motive no forensics and no clues And they’ve barely launched their investigation when death claims another victim Suddenly they discover som. The Peculiar Crimes Unit of London's Metropolitan Police handles some very peculiar crimes indeed For example in The Water Room we have the case of an elderly woman who drowns in river water in her basement but there is no water in the room and no evidence that the body had been moved How did the woman's dead body dressed to go out shopping and seated on a chair in her basement end up with filthy river water in her throat That's just the kind of uestion for which Arthur Bryant and John May thrive on finding answersBryant and May are the two cranky uirky detectives who have been partners for fifty years and who are the very heart and soul of the Peculiar Crimes Unit It seems only fair since they are very peculiar detectivesIn this instance Bryant intuits that Ruth Singh the dead woman in the basement did not die a natural death and so he and May and other members of their unit set out to prove that a murder has occurred even though there is no apparent motive no forensics and no clues They interview neighbors investigate the history of the neighborhood and search for the thread that will lead them to the solution to what they are convinced is a crimeIn the midst of their investigation another death occurs in the neighborhood A workman is buried in mud and suffocates in what seems like an obvious accident but once again Bryant and May are convinced that there is here than meets the eye and that the cave in of mud that was the instrument of death actually was caused by human intervention But how to ever prove itBut then a third death occurs on the street and this time there is no uestion that it is murder The victim dies in his bed with clingfilm wrapped several times around his head Three suffocations each by different methods Surely they are somehow related All the while the rain keeps pouring down and the street where the deaths occurred is threatened with inundation as London's secret underground and forgotten rivers fill up and overflowBryant who is the instinctual member of the team consults with witches and psychics and eually unconventional sources to come up with a theory of what has happened His investigative method is eccentric but even though he is rude to everyone with whom he interacts he does accumulate information and does begin to understand what might have happenedMay on the other hand follows a somewhat conventional path but still wanders into weird territory as he seeks a solution to the crimes London itself seems a character in this story There is abundant information about the topography and history of the city and particularly about the underground rivers that play such a central part in the mystery of the deaths and in their solution Bryant and May follow the winding course of the subterranean tributaries that lead them eventually to the answers they seek Answers that will allow the Peculiar Crimes Unit always one major mistake away from being dissolved to exist for another day This was an enjoyable read Christopher Fowler seems really fond of his two ancient detectives and writes of them with empathy and humor He also writes lovingly of London its culture and its people I found myself invested in the characters and wanting to see them succeed In that Fowler did not disappoint

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They are detection’s 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 Water Kindle the most shocking crimesThey are living legends with a reputation for solving even the trickiest cases using unorthodox unconventional and often completely unauthorized methods But the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed by Detectives John May and Arthur Bryant is one mistake away from being shut down for g. This second book of the aptly named Peculiar Crimes Unit series featuring Arthur Bryant and John May involves odd death in London truly a character of the novel itself and esoteric knowledge about the city and its history than you might want to shake a stick at Since it happens to rain during most of the novel shaking a stick wouldn't accomplish muchAside from solving this mysterious death is it a murder Bryant and May must also find a way to justify keeping the unit that has been their lives for a half century open and functioning as part of the MET Water figures prominently throughout this story as do the forgotten rivers of London those lost to decades if not centuries of development If you are looking for a straight forward police procedural Fowler's Bryant May series is likely not completely your cup of tea If you like a big piece of the arcane tossed in with lots of history specific to the crime then give it a try Each book is different with it's own particular problem to unravelEarly in the novel there is a description of the type of team that occasionally is put together to solve the odd crimes this unit deals with 'I make that six men and two women employed to tackle the cases that no one else in London wants to touch with a stick Not much of a team I know but we can draw on outside forces if necessary' Longbright knew what that meant a motley collection of disbarred academics crackpot historians alternative therapists necromancers anarchists spirit healers nightclub doormen psychics clairvoyants and street mountebanks many of whom consorted with known criminals drafted in on a promise of cash in hand They were unreliable expensive and occasionally indispensable p 30In this installment they contact a witch various historians tramps There is a wonderful description of the history of Brick Lane from the 16th century to the present through the various groups that have inhabited the areaAnd later a general philosophical discussion of the rivers themselves 'Honestly we spend so much time attempting to improve ourselvesgoing to the gym trying to develop meaningful relationships with one another and yet we dismiss the other associations we need to support our fragile being' 'What do you mean' 'Everyone interacts with their location Arthur Where we live helps set the level of our happiness and comfort The English have strongly developed psychological relationships with the landscape They travelled so little that accents changed from one street to the nextThese days our relationships with views buildings places objects and strangers are virtually ignored As a child you probably had a place that made you happyAs an adult you search for an euivalent to that spot When the rivers were covered we lost something of ourselves Dreams of lakes and rivers are dreams of calm No wonder lost rivers hold such mystiue We need to believe that they are still beneath us somewhere the distant conduits of a forgotten inner peace' pp 238 239By now you may know whether this series is for you or not I plan to read I've read 3 or 4 of the 11 in the seriesPS I also recommend Ben Aaronovitch series beginning with the book Midnight Riot titled Rivers of London in England This is a paranormal police procedural with lots of humor snarky dialogue irreverence It is peculiar too but of a very different flavor

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The Water Room Free read Ý PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¼ ❰Download❯ ➵ The Water Room Author Christopher Fowler – They are detection’s oddest couple two cranky detectives whose professional partnership dates back half a century Now Arthur Bryant and John May return in a case of mulE very unnatural behavior surrounding Ruth Singh’s death by “natural” causes from shady real estate developers and racist threats to two troubled marriages from a dodgy academician working London’s notorious “grey economy” to a network of antiuities collectors obsessed with Egyptian mythology And running beneath it all are the sweeping tentacles of London’s vast and forgotten underground river system As the rains pour down and the water rises Bryant and May must rely on instinct experience and their own very peculiar methods to stem a tide of evil that threatens to drown them all From the Hardcover edition. Arthur Bryant and John May met in London in November 1940 Both young men were assigned to the PCU – the Peculiar Crimes Unit – to deal with the strangest of crimes and though they were young and had little experience they found themselves pretty much running the place while so many resources and so many men were caught up in the warYears later when they were both uite elderly and much had changed they were still working together at the PCU They were very different men but they worked together well with Bryant’s blatant eccentricities and lateral thinking balanced by May’s people skills common sense and logical thought processesI loved ‘Full Dark House’ the book where they made their first appearance I have no idea why it has taken me so long to pick up this second book but I loved this book even and I am eager to pick up the next bookBut I told myself that I had to write about this book firstIn that first book the PCU’s offices destroyed by an explosion and this story begins not long after that with the unit re staffed under new management and settling into new premises Bryant and May have no officially designated cases but they are uickly drawn into unofficial investigationsBenjamin Singh an old friend of Bryant’s persuades him to come to the home of his sister Ruth Singh He had found her dead in the basement of her Victorian home on Balaklava Street dressed to go out and sitting on a chair with her hands calmly folded He knew that something was wrong and he was right At first Bryant thought that the scene was simply odd but it uickly became clear that natural causes could be ruled out Her mouth and throat were full of river water even though the room and her clothes and hair were dry and showed show no signs of having been wetRuth rarely left her home and there were suggestions that she had suffered racist abuse and so the investigation was focused on her neighbours Balaclava Street was a Victorian terrace set on top of one of the seven forgotten rivers that flow beneath LondonMeanwhile at the reuest of an old flame May is looking into the activities of her husband Gareth Greenwood an academic whose special interest those forgotten rivers He finds that a particularly dangerous villain Jackson Ubeda appears to have hired Greenwood to exploit his expertise for purposes as yet unknownModel Kallie Owen and her boyfriend Paul Garrow had been evicted – not entirely legally – from their rented flat and they were looking for a new home When she went to see her old school friend Heather Allen of Balaclava Street she learned that Benjamin Singh hoped to sell his sister’s house uickly and she put in an offer It seemed like a stroke of luck but as Kallie set about creating her dream home she was troubled by the constant sound of rushing water swollen doors and windows and damp patches that appear and disappear on the walls And then Paul left her – to find himself he said – and she had to deal with everything aloneThere would be strange deaths on Balaklava Street and all of the residents of that street would be pulled into the storm as the rain fell on and on and water levels grew higher and higher‘The Water Room’ works brilliantly as a crime story with those different storylines coming together beautifully The plotting is very clever I suspected a great many characters at different points in the story but the ending came as and it works at so many levelsThe story considers the eternal and inevitably struggle between the four ancient elements fire air earth and water Water brings the first death but other elements will bring the deaths that follow Maybe Shakespeare’s story of ‘The Tempest’ played out on Balaclava Street It considers the significance of home through the diverse community in Baklava Street and as Arthur Bryant leaves his long suffering landlady behind and moves to a new flatYou could think about those things as you read but there is such a lovely wealth of detail in the story and there is such richness in the characters and their relationships that you could easily let those things sail by as you simply enjoy the storyThere were so many different aspects the story could have flown off in so many different directions They might have been interesting but I was glad that it stayed on trackArthur Bryant his long term partnership with May and their long association with DS Janice Longbright bring such humanity to the story Their interactions rooted in a back story about which a little is known but much has to be revealed are wonderful and make it clear that though they often aggravate each other they will always be comrades and they will always be professionalYou could also think about London There is a wealth of knowledge about London and its rivers underpinning this story; in some hands I would find that dry but here I was fascinated because Christopher Fowler’s love of everything he was writing about was clear on every pageHe made an extraordinary story believable and so very engagingI was sorry to come to the end but I am looking forward to the next book and to the books that come after that