Seventyseven Clocks, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'The newspapers referred to it as the case of the seventy-seven clocks.

There was quite a fuss at the time. We got into terrible trouble. Dear fellow, it was one of our most truly peculiar cases.

I remember as if it was yesterday.' In fact, Arthur Bryant remembers very little about yesterday, but he does remember the oddest investigation of his career...It was late in 1973.

As strikes and blackouts ravaged the country during Edward Heath's 'Winter of Discontent', sundry members of a wealthy, aristocratic family were being disposed of in a variety of grotesque ways - by reptile, by bomb, by haircut.

As the hours of daylight diminish towards Christmas, Bryant and May, the irascible detectives of London's controversial Peculiar Crimes Unit, know that time is the key - and time is running out for both the family and the police.

Their investigations lead them into a hidden world of class conflict, craftsmanship and the secret loyalties of big business.

But what have seventy seven ticking clocks to do with it?Now, the full story can at last be revealed, in this most eerie of adventures that features Arthur Bryant at his rudest, John May at his most exasperated and a gallery of colourful, bizarre characters who could only make their home in a city like London.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780553817195



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Complicated detective story. It took me a while to get in to the story and some of the storylines and motives were a little far fetched. Therefore the final solution was not entirely satisfying. The two detectives, Bryant & May are nice and smart policement, but in no way exceptional in comparison to other detectives. There is one other character, a rather unstable girl called Sam. At first she irritated me to no end, later I got more sympathy, but still. Her storyline is far fetched and it felt like she was there to give the story more of body. And the pace is already exceedingly slow. I don't think I will read another Bryant & May mystery shortly.