The Invisible Code is both funny and serious. Aging detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are part of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Well, there you go.
Christopher Fowler describes Bryant and May as Golden Age detectives in a modern world. Much of the modern world puzzles them, including technology, but they press on.
What qualifications are required for a crime to be designated peculiar? The Peculiar Crimes Unit (fictional) was established during WWII to handle cases that might cause public scandal or public unrest. These two qualifications allow for a lot of leeway, and when a young woman dies in a church for no discernible reason, Arthur Bryant wants the case.
Denied that case, Bryant and May are summoned to the office of the man who wants to disband their unit. Both are surprised and wary, especially when Oskar Kasavian asks for their help in discovering the cause of the strange behavior his much-younger wife has begun to display.
The beginning has lots of funny, witty remarks, but the situation soon turns more serious, and Bryant (with his false teeth clicking), May (the smooth talker), and their team find themselves investigating more than one murder, uncovering secrets, and hindered by those in power.
Favorite characters: Arthur and his friend Maggie Armitage, the white witch (although her role is very small).
This is my first of the Bryant and May series, but I really liked the characters. Has anyone else read this series?
NetGalley/Random House Publishing/Bantam Dell
Mystery. Dec. 17, 2013. Print version: 368 pages.