The Victoria Vanishes

The Victoria Vanishes

A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Book - 2009
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One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunk middle-aged lady coming out of a pub in a London backstreet. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbing, there's a twist: the pub has vanished and the street itself has changed. Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before, but the elderly detective has already lost the funeral urn of an old friend. Could he be losing his mind as well?Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs. It seems a silent, secret killer is at work, striking in full view...and yet nobody has a clue how, or why - or where he'll attack next. The likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient with a reason for killing. But knowing who the killer is and catching him are two very different propositions. As their new team at the Peculiar Crimes Unit goes in search of a madman, the octogenarian detectives ready themselves for the pub crawl of a lifetime, and come face to face with their own mortality.
Publisher: New York ; Bantam, 2009
ISBN: 9780553589566
0553589563
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 21 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

Another well-written tale with lots of interesting background on London pubs. Maybe a tad too long and drags a bit at the end, and the solution is confusing and a little hard to believe, but it's an enjoyable entry in the series.

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1_Great_Book
Oct 06, 2014

Nothing like the British for a subject like peculiar crimes.
Enchanting!
You will want to read more adventures of this cast of characters.

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athena14
Jul 22, 2014

Delightful! (And I don't miss the stomach-turning description of Arthur Bryant's clothing Fowler usually imposes on us.)

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LT
May 07, 2014

While the book is an enjoyable read, my ability to suspend disbelief was tested to an almost insulting degree.

31foster Jul 05, 2012

Middle aged matrons murdered in pubs, germ warfare, a serial killer, and another attempt to shut down the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Bryant and May and the motley crew that make up the unit solve another of London's "peculiar" crimes and create some havoc of their own. Wonderful details about the history of London pubs.

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