An Interesting Book

Adanor

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I recently finished reading a book called "Bryant & May: Oranges and Lemons: a Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery by Christopher Fowler. It is set in London and very cleverly incorporates the children's rhyme, "Oranges and Lemons" into the plot.
 

captain clutterbuck

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Hello Adanor,

Have you read the whole series of Bryant & May books I read the very first Full Dark House but never followed it up think I should maybe go back to them . Any advice/help would be very much appreciated if indeed you have read them . Can I assume they are all independent stories so I could pick and choose which ones to purchase . I read that Oranges and Lemons, White Corridor, The Burning Man and the Memory of Blood were a higher quality of writing than perhaps the others.
 

Marianna

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Thanks for the tip. Those are mysteries that I hadn't heard of. I just borrowed Full Dark House from my local library in Kindle format. Began reading it with breakfast and found it difficult to put down.
 

MoodyBlue

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This is quite surreal.....Adanor from West Virginia mentioning Bryant and May books...WELL...does anyone of a "certain age" remember Bryant and May matches ?.....they were quite long with a bright red striking end.....
I actually live opposite the original Bryant and May match factory here in Liverpool !!!!....it is now lovely office units,but at its peak it employed hundreds of local people,and had a thriving social club......just a bit of " match history" for you all.......I told you it was surreal !!!!.
 

captain clutterbuck

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I remember them very well , my old man was a smoker so those and Swans Vesta boxes were dotted about the house . As a kid did curiosity get the better of you, I can remember kids setting a box alight to see how big a flame it generated . It always looked a bit of a gamble dropping a lighted match into that box as you had to put your hand really close to ensure it all went up .
 

WellyMan

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I remember them very well , my old man was a smoker so those and Swans Vesta boxes were dotted about the house . As a kid did curiosity get the better of you, I can remember kids setting a box alight to see how big a flame it generated . It always looked a bit of a gamble dropping a lighted match into that box as you had to put your hand really close to ensure it all went up .
The best trick with matches is to wrap a bit of tin foil over the head and then light the stalk. When the flame makes it to the head there's a mini explosion. It's even more fun if you do it with a batch of matches.
 
Christopher Fowler clearly knows London and I really enjoyed all the secret and obscure London history throughout the book. Setting is a huge part of why I choose a particular book to read and if I had any thoughts that London-based books had all been done already, then I clearly need to re-educate myself - Christopher Fowler's London is up there with Charles Dickens, Ronald Camberton and Alexander Baron.
 
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