Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Urban Fantasy for Anglophiles

In Ben Aaronovitch's Midnight Riot, Probationary Constable Peter Grant is a young London copper hoping for a spot on the Murder Squad when he comes to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale. Nightingale heads up a little known department of the London police: the one in charge of magical peculiarities that need to be swept under the rug. Nightingale has been the entire department for the past several decades, but when a random-seeming murder leaves certain markers on the bodies of the perpetrators and victims, and the only witness is a ghost seen by PC Grant, it’s time for the spook squad to double in size.

The murder mystery, which seems to be a bizarre case of possession that causes innocents to commit murder and then die when their faces fall off, is only half the fun. The other half is Grant’s discovery of the magical London existing right under his nose, and his wry commentary on life in a department that no one believes in.

On the audiobook, reader Kobna Holbrook-Smith does a wonderful job bringing Grant to life. Midnight Riot is the first in a series called Rivers of London, available on eBook through Library2Go and audiobook through Hoopla. The print version is available through our catalog, as well. Each book in the series features its own mystery, and Grant’s growing facility with and understanding of the world of magic. Great reads for anyone interested in light paranormal mystery.

Rivers of London series:
 Midnight Riot
 Moon over Soho
 Whispers Under Ground
 Broken Homes
 Foxglove Summer

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