The Invisible Code

A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Fowler, Christopher

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Invisible Code
"When a young woman is found dead in the pews of St. Bride's Church--alone and showing no apparent signs of trauma--Arthur Bryant assumes this case will go to the Peculiar Crimes Unit, an eccentric team tasked with solving London's most puzzling murders. Yet the city police take over the investigation, and the PCU is given an even more baffling and bewitching assignment. Called into headquarters by Oskar Kasavian, the head of Home Office security, Bryant and May are shocked to hear that their longtime adversary now desperately needs their help. Oskar's wife, Sabira, has been acting strangely for weeks--succumbing to violent mood swings, claiming an evil presence is bringing her harm--and Oskar wants the PCU to find out why ... When a second bizarre death reveals a surprising link between the two women's cases, Bryant and May set off on a trail of clues from the notorious Bedlam hospital to historic Bletchley Park. And as they are drawn into a world of encrypted codes and symbols, concealed rooms and high-society clubs, they must work quickly to catch a killer who lurks even closer than they think."-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345528650
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 28, 2014
  • 1_Great_Book rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I recently discovered Fowler and am devouring this series. Peculiar is the correct word.

He's right up there on par with Alan Bradley as far as eccentric characters go.

Mysterious occurrences in England, dusty old figures, mouldering buildings, facts and legends shrouded in the mists of time - satisfaction guaranteed!

Apr 05, 2014
  • dexluce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this series! Another great Bryant and May mystery that involves all kinds of characters and takes them all over London. (I now want to go to London in the summer, even though I have no murder to solve and don't like rain).

Jan 14, 2014

Every so often there’s a book that’s clearly a cut above the usual creativity most fictional writers display on a regular basis. The murderer’s MO is by far the most original I’ve read in years. Even the red herring was well done and completely believable (to me, at least). Absolutely brilliant all around. I can’t wait to see the next book in the series.


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