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Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler

Saturday, August 22, 2020 MysteryFiction

Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler front cover

Nursery rhymes, as we all know, often have disturbing and violent messages. The old London rhyme Oranges and Lemons is no exception. When the speaker of the House of Commons Michael Claremont is badly injured under a delivery of citrus fruit near St Clement’s Church, it’s clear (to some) this is no freakish accident. A stave as sharp as a dagger has punctured his stomach. There’s also a strong smell of oranges in the air when a bookshop burns down. The owner later commits suicide.

In this latest Bryant & May novel, the obvious team to tackle the Claremont case is the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU)… but it has been closed down and its two senior detectives are out of action...

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