Detectives Bryant and May run London's Peculiar Crimes Unit, where the most unusual cases get investigated. In this third book of the series, a spate of bizarre murders comes to their attention. In investigating these connected deaths, they find themselves researching a Victorian tontine, protecting the most crabby of families, and receiving unsolicited help from a nosy teenager.
As with the other two PCU books, the plot of Seventy-Seven Clocks is bizarre and convoluted, but in a good way, keeping the reader guessing. Bryant and May are engaging characters, giving much personality to the novel. The interwoven plot of the teenager, Sam, added an extra dimension. This is a fun novel for readers that appreciate a far-fetched but enjoyable mystery.