Christopher Fowler. His Bryant & May series had been highly recommended to me, but I found my first foray into the world of the Peculiar Crimes Unit a bit, well, disappointing.
But then something surprising and very cool happened. Mr. Fowler commented on my post. He encouraged me to read some of his other works. So, I did.
Over Christmas week I read The Victoria Vanishes--and loved it! Fowler's grasp of the history and changes that make London an fascinating town is impressive. His use of bar culture as a commentary on the culture of Londoners and the social history that continues today is near-brilliant. What better place to set a murder than in a bar? And to tie in numerous pubs with names such as Crown & Anchor and Coach & Horses with murder and history makes for a great, and learned, read. (For more on pub culture plus Mr. Fowler's own blog, click here.)
I wish I had the book right in front of me to quote from it. There are some really great passages that would make you laugh. But, I leant it to my sister! The more readers the better, right?
Have you ever given a writer a second chance? Were you happy with your choice? How about Christopher Fowler--who has enjoyed his unique mysteries?