Ten Second Staircase

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Ten Second Staircase

Ten Second Staircase It s a crime tailor made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit a controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation No suspects no motive no evidence it s business as u

  • Title: Ten Second Staircase
  • Author: Christopher Fowler
  • ISBN: 9780553588316
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • It s a crime tailor made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit a controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation No suspects, no motive, no evidence it s business as usual for the Unit s cantankerous founding partners, Arthur Bryant and John May But this time they have an eyewitness According to twelve year old Luke Tripp, the killer waIt s a crime tailor made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit a controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation No suspects, no motive, no evidence it s business as usual for the Unit s cantankerous founding partners, Arthur Bryant and John May But this time they have an eyewitness According to twelve year old Luke Tripp, the killer was a cape clad highwayman atop a black stallion As implausible as the boy s story sounds, Bryant and May take it seriously when The Highwayman is spotted again, striking a dramatic pose at the scene of his next outlandish murder Whatever the killer s real identity, he seems intent on killing off a string of minor celebrities while becoming one himself As the tabloids look to make a quick bundle on Highwayman Fever, Bryant and May, along with the newest member of the Unit, May s agoraphobic granddaughter, April, find themselves sorting out a case involving an unlikely combination of artistic rivalries, sleazy sex affairs, the Knights Templars, and street gang feuds To do it, they re going to have to use every orthodox and unorthodox means at their disposal, including myth, witchcraft, and the psychogeographic history of the city s monsters, past and present.And if one unsolvable crime weren t enough, this case has disturbing links to a decades old killing spree that nearly destroyed the partnership of Bryant and May once before and may again The Peculiar Crimes Unit is one murder away from being closed down for good and that murder could be their own.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Sara on said:

      Definitely an improvement over #1 in the series. Bryant is Changing, or at least attempting change in his attitude toward technology and the modern worldbut not so much so that he cannot continue to balance May with his intuitive motive-oriented approach. Some new characters enter (or maybe they entered in books 2 and 3 which I haven't read yet) and jazz up the scene - I feel sure that these will continue so I guess I'm hooked. The two "academic" detectives meet some actual academics and student [...]

    2. Chris on said:

      3.5 stars. Pretty good addition to the series, as Bryant and May struggle to close both a current case and one of their cold cases while the Home Office looks for ways to shut down the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

    3. Danielle on said:

      First, an announcement: I genuinely like, and enjoy the Bryant and May series. I hate to give this book a low rating, but, quite frankly, it's just not up to snuff. If I had only read this one of the series, I would probably not continue. However, I know the series stays good (I accidentally started the 6th one, and had a hard time putting it down), so I will keep reading, I promise.I found this book just a bit tedious, overall. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but here are a few thoughts:Th [...]

    4. Malcolm on said:

      Christopher Fowler has a spectacular eye for labyrinthine Gothic absurdity, and when he turned it to the police procedural he conjured up Bryant and May, octogenarian detectives dealing with London’s most peculiar crimes, the ones that attract attention, instil fear and panic and turn on a form of perverse celebrity. In their fourth outing, we find minor celebrity as the target, fame as the goal, London’s psycho-geography as the weapon in a caper linking vampires, highwaymen, the Knights Tem [...]

    5. Jan C on said:

      Weird here it is almost Hallowe'en and guess when the book ends? Hallowe'en. I didn't plan it that way. I have been reading this off and on for apparently 4+ years. Not sure why it took so long. I do enjoy this series. It is so off-beat.

    6. Sarah on said:

      Although I enjoy the banter between the two old codgers, Bryant and May, I occasionally found the plot of this #3 in the series tiresome, and had great difficulty believing that the culprit(s) would have enough expertise to commit such elaborate crimes. And I haven't a clue as to why it was entitled "Ten Second Staircase"!Nevertheless, I think I will continue with the following novels, in case I learn something ;-)

    7. edifanob on said:

      I love te series and I love this book too.For me it is so much more than just another crime case.This is a book about London, about history, about people coping with age in a changing world.I highly appreciate the character development. Maybe that has something to do with my own age. I'm not sure if I would have like the story in the same way when I have been thirty years younger.

    8. Jenny on said:

      Christopher has captured me with his idiosyncratic Bryant and May characters. I rarely undertake to read a series - but here I go! Started book 5 today.

    9. Jill Hutchinson on said:

      I can't get enough of this series of books featuring the Peculiar Crime Unit headed by the geriatric detectives, Bryant and May. In this entry, as in all the books, the crimes are bizarre and somehow connected to the history of London.Three semi-celebrities are murdered respectively by immersion in formaldehyde, electrocution on a rowing machine, and immolation in a shower and the Unit has no clues except the sighting of a man dressed as a highwayman. To add to the mystery, there seems to be a c [...]

    10. Cornerofmadness on said:

      I’m beginning to think the very first book in this series (which I’m sadly reading out of order) was the best. All of the books center on May and Bryant, two close to retiring (in age if not in desire) detectives of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit, i.e. the weird stuff that no one else wants to do. (Sort of like if Mulder and Scully had been through WWII and are now trying to adapt to the modern day of computers and cell phones).I know that British vs American mysteries have a different take [...]

    11. Adam Stone on said:

      Ten-Second Staircase is another cracking read from the pen of Christopher Fowler and featuring the superb pairing of Arthur Bryant and John May, the elderly founders of the Peculiar Crimes Unit (which always lives up to its name). It features some very peculiar crimes indeed (an artist drowned in her own installation) as well as some just horribly brutal ones as well. Aside from the main crime that they have to solve in this book they are also thrown back into a previously unsolved case from the [...]

    12. Nancy Oakes on said:

      Fourth in this rather bizarre mystery series, Ten Second Staircase finds our somewhat rather unorthodox detectives Bryant and May facing the possible end of the Peculiar Crimes Unit (now with a new member -- May's agoraphobic granddaughter April) just when they become involved in a series of improbable and impossible crimes -- you know, the ones just up their alley. This time, they are faced with a villain they call The Highwayman, because an eyewitness to the murder of an artist saw a man dress [...]

    13. John on said:

      This is my first Bryant & May mystery, but it won't be my last. So funny.The Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU) is assigned to the case of a woman who was dunked into a vat of formaldehyde filled with floating fetuses. This was her provocative art piece, and provoke it did. The PCU is in danger of being closed down, but if they can solve this case, they can stave off closure. Their only witness, a young boy who was at the museum on a school trip, describes the killer as a 19th century highwayman on [...]

    14. Chi Dubinski on said:

      Their superiors at the Met have been trying to close down the Peculiar Crimes Unit for years. Arthur Bryant and John May are retirement age, but show no signs of wanting to leave the job. When Bryant gives a talk to a group of rich prep school boys, it goes horribly wrong, and he wonders if he will ever understand young people.When an artist is found drowned in her own installation, one of the only witnesses is Luke Tripp, one of the boys from the private school. He describes a tall figure dress [...]

    15. Judy on said:

      Second tier celebrities are being killed in the most elaborate ways imaginable and one witness, a 12 year old schoolboy, insists that the perpetrator is a masked highwayman riding a black horse. Enter Arthur Bryant and John May, the 80 something detectives working in the Peculiar Crimes Unit, who not only solve the Highwayman case but also the decades old Leicester Square Vampire case. This particular book seems to be a delightful homage to the works of John Dickson Carr who specialized in seemi [...]

    16. C. on said:

      I enjoy the May/Bryant series quite a bit. The language can be thick, which is perfectly in keeping with the characters' age and experiences. I enjoying reading about the more obtuse histories and places in London, a place I've never visited myself. Whenever I do manage to go, I'd like to tour the place a la Bryant. The mystery was interesting, but even moreso I was captivated by the characterizations and their relationship not only to each other but to the events. I'm looking forward to reading [...]

    17. Lizzytish on said:

      I felt in a way that this book in the series was a lump in my creamy mashed potatoesStill good but not the way it should have been. It was tedious at times and the lightheartedness was not there. The development of the characters is well done as is the contrast between the seniors and the post modern generation. Shutting down the PCU is getting old. They mystery was suspenseful and eerie. I do appreciate Bimsley with his DSADiminished Spatial Awareness, which explained why he falls down stairs s [...]

    18. Pat on said:

      Every time I begin one of this series, I can hardly put it down until it is finished. This one was no exception. Combine the usual characters who make up the Peculiar Crimes Unit, a slew of peculiar crimes, the characters the cops meet investigating those crimes and the obscure history and background of the area where the crimes are committed and I am just fascinated. This story also has the added bonus of connecting up with a series of previously unsolved crimes from the past. Very good book!

    19. Susan on said:

      Pretty interesting odd mystery. These stories remind me a lot of the John Dickson Carr locked room mysteries, only these stories aren't locked room, but completely unlikely, out of the ordinary mysteries.I enjoy the dynamic between the two old men and how each has his own way of solving the crime, both with some stumbling ahead of them. And the gothic atmosphere the author creates is very well done.Enjoyable!

    20. Kathy Davie on said:

      Fourth in the Bryant & May mystery series set in London and revolving around two past-retirement-age detectives with an alternative style. Events take off in October.My TakeYou can't help but fall in love with these two. Bryant is such an eccentric, and Fowler shows it with how the rest of the team copes with him, indulges him. Followers of CSI-oriented programs will go absolutely spare reading about Bryant's total disregard for evidence. Turns out one of the reasons for the transfer of the [...]

    21. Gary E on said:

      I really like this series but I just can not give is one a higher rating. I find these books to be very slow paced. The last 1/4 or 1/5 of the book goes by very quickly and is very exciting but the rest of the book tends to go at a snails pace. While that is not necessarily a bad thing it does mean these do not flow at the pace I like.Now this book specifically has another issue. Namely that I was able to figure out the big mystery before the end (specifically about 2 or 3 hours of reading time [...]

    22. Jennifer on said:

      Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May series is uneven and each book is uneven with clunks, grinds, cutting and pasting, dreary repetitiveness, in particular the Peculiar Crimes Unit forever in peril of being closed down in peremptory fashion, and the delineation of the differences in investigative style of our eponymous heroes. And then Bam! he hits you with something meaningful and perhaps again and again.Ten-Second Staircase starts out in similar fashion and then leaves all that behind to pro [...]

    23. Jlnpeacock on said:

      The beauty of the Bryant and May series is all the extras one receives in the books. There are many details of ancient history of London, mysticism, various philosophies, and witchcraft to move the novel along to the conclusion of the mystery. The characters are unusual which does provide an element of true fun to the reading.

    24. Kevin Vrieze on said:

      Great book in the series! Wonderful humor, and remarkable observations on life in general. I made more notes on this one than many other mysteries I've read. Not a fast read, but very satisfying. Oh, and never be too dismissive of your psychic chiropodist. Highly recommended.

    25. Mark Short on said:

      Not quite as good as the previous book but some interesting themes within. The other characters in the team got a chance to shine rather than just Bryant and May. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

    26. Carfig on said:

      The Highwayman myth reinvented! Plus we get the particulars on the Leister Square Vampire and why May's daughter died. As always, lots of historical info, including the basis for the vampire and the highwayman. Blame it all on Robin Hood.

    27. Jessiclees on said:

      Love it, so evocative about London and he gets it bang on every time. Listening to it on Audio book may make a difference because the narrator is so wonderful. The story is great as well, although I have to google some of the scoundrels mentioned because I don't know who they all are!

    28. Dorothy on said:

      An excellent read. This novel is quite fast paced and full of the quirkiness that this author is famous for. The 2 elderly detectives continue to entertain the reader with their eccentric ways of going about solving 'peculiar' cases in London.

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