Murder doesn’t get more peculiar than this.
A lonely hearts killer is targeting middle-aged women at some of England’s most well-known pubs. What’s even more peculiar, Arthur Bryant happened to see the latest victim only moments before her death—at a pub torn down eighty years ago
! It’s only the beginning of a case littered with clues that defy everything the veteran detectives know about the profiles of serial killers and the methodology of crime.
What do the Knights Templars, the secret history of English pubs, and the discovery of an astounding religious relic have to do with this recent crime spree? More important, do the Peculiar Crimes Unit’s two living legends have enough life left in them to stop a murderous conspiracy…and a deadly cupid targeting one of their own?
“Funny, inventive, quirky and ultimately moving…another triumph for a writer of immense talent.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“It’s tremendous fun to watch Bryant and May work their magic.” —Baltimore Sun
“A page-turning plot…mordant humor, fascinating trivia about London past and present, and the basis for an epic pub crawl of your own. What more could you want?” —Guardian, UK
“How many locked-room puzzles can Bryant and May unlock before their Peculiar Crimes Unit is disbanded? Many more, one hopes!” —Kirkus Reviews
“The team's heart and soul are its elderly lead detectives, John May and Arthur Bryant. Bryant is especially endearing cranky, absent-minded, brilliant and stuffed with obscure information about London.”—Seattle Times