The Invisible Code

The Invisible Code

Book - 2013
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Two of London's sharpest minds within the Peculiar Crimes Unit are faced with one of the most bizarre cases of their careers as an ill-timed death, a powerful curse, a crazy dowager, and a dead photographer lead them into a world of madness, codes, and the secret of London's strangest relic.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780345528650
Branch Call Number: MYS FOW
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 18, 2018

This was my first exposure to the Peculiar Crimes Unit series and I have to say it was a wild ride. Fowler has created one of the most outrageous, bizarre murder sequences I've ever encountered. This penchant for devising arcane methods of (and motives for) offing people appears to be a uniquely British inclination (as also demonstrated by the Midsomer Murders series we get here on PBS). I found the tale quite engaging despite having to crank my "suspension of disbelief" mechanism to its maximum setting. Apart from Fowler's depiction of venomously stratified British class warfare, almost nothing in this book has a shed of credibility -- which makes it all the more fun.
A couple of minor complaints: Fowler's PCU includes ten members, including Crippen the cat. He has made a valiant attempt to develop the characters of the two lead detectives but they would have benefited from more attention (which, in all fairness might have been accomplished in earlier books in the series, so perhaps I should go back and read #1 before commenting further). But more troublesome was that none of the other team members stood out; I found myself continually referring back to the list at the front of the book to remember who they were. I feel that any character a writer intends to bring back more than once needs to be drawn more completely.
Taken all together, the book was a refreshing bit of nonsense, a welcome relief from some of the dour tales I've read recently.

Mar 03, 2017

My first Bryant and May "Peculiar Crimes Unit" mystery but it will not be my last. A well drawn, eccentric cast of characters and a plot that moves along quickly. Laugh out loud humorous at times. If you want an engaging read which does not take itself too seriously but is well written, I would recommend.

Oct 28, 2014

I recently discovered Fowler and am devouring this series. Peculiar is the correct word.

He's right up there on par with Alan Bradley as far as eccentric characters go.

Mysterious occurrences in England, dusty old figures, mouldering buildings, facts and legends shrouded in the mists of time - satisfaction guaranteed!

I love this series! Another great Bryant and May mystery that involves all kinds of characters and takes them all over London. (I now want to go to London in the summer, even though I have no murder to solve and don't like rain).

bookfanatic1979 Jan 14, 2014

Every so often there’s a book that’s clearly a cut above the usual creativity most fictional writers display on a regular basis. The murderer’s MO is by far the most original I’ve read in years. Even the red herring was well done and completely believable (to me, at least). Absolutely brilliant all around. I can’t wait to see the next book in the series.

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