• "A bizarre dark comedy of an investigation... bawdy, unpredictable and at times hilarious, with a cast of wonderful grotesques"

  • "As filled with tricks and sleights of hand as a magician's sleeve... witty, charismatic, occasionally touching and with a genuine power to thrill"

    Joanne Harris
  • "Fowler shocks and frightens while making us laugh out loud. An original, erudite and exciting whodunnit"

    Good Book Guide
  • "An evocatively reverential tribute to the genre...the clash of temperaments between Bryant and May makes them great detectives"

    Time Out
  • "The writing is as ever fluid and pacey, the characterisation deft and the plot fresh and ingenious"

    Independent on Sunday