Damn. It’s only April and I’ve already fallen behind in my reviews, so this one’s a two-fer as I try and catch up. I read these back-to-back during some sleepless nights in Rome (which was actually a plus as far as I was concerned – I got to do tons of sightseeing while also racking up some serious reading time), safely ignorant of the fact that there aren’t any more in the series yet until I got to the end of The Hanging Tree and had a conniption on heading to the kindle store for the next. I’m gonna miss […]
Wait, hang on a second. [Looks up how many PC Peter Grant novels there are so far.] [Discovers Ben Aaronovitch wrote a few serials for “Doctor Who,” in the late Eighties. Light bulb.] [Discovers that although the book jackets say “PC Peter Grant Series,” whoever edited Wikipedia last prefers to refer to them as the “Rivers of London Series.” Huh, makes sense. Also: spoilerish.] [Discovers there are 6 “Rivers of London” novels so far, and what’s this, now? 9 spin-off graphic novels? And 4 companion short stories? Who is this fucker, Neil Gaiman?!] Goddamnit, you guys. I do want to […]
THREE CHEERS FOR SNARKY BRITISH URBAN FANTASY. I didn’t know I was looking for this series, the PC Peter Grant series. I actually had it checked out from the library and let the loan expire the first time around… thanks, The Devourers, for taking so long to slog through that I had to wait to get Midnight Riot back again before I could dive into this world! I love this world, this miraculously sarcastic world where a newly-minted London police constable with a probably lateral trajectory is tapped as a magician’s apprentice… and then the murders begin (sorrynotsorry). This novel […]
In the criminal justice system, magical crimes are considered especially bizarre. In London, the detectives who investigate these crimes are increasingly beset by dangers both mundane and otherworldly. These are their stories. Dun DUN.
The third in the delightful Peter Grant series, Whispers Under Ground sees Peter’s world expand again in more ways than one. Now joined by Lesley as his partner apprentice, he’s also got his own junior to keep an eye on in Abigail, who’s led them to a ghostly graffiti artist in a railway tunnel near her school. And when an American art student staggers out of a tunnel into an Underground system, stabbed with a piece of magical pottery, Peter pauses his search for the Faceless Man and finds himself instead exploring the world under London, coming up against much […]
I love to watch almost any kind of procedural show from the sublime (Elementary) to the ridiculous (Hawaii Five-O) but I usually loathe reading police-focused detective novels. I like my mysteries to be Cozy. I need a butler serving tea to the vicar in the library while someone is murdered by undetectable exotic poison in the Conservatory. I don’t want to read about violent grisly death or forensic details or police procedure in the modern world. I also don’t particularly enjoy paranormal books where supernatural forces actually exist in our world (there are obvious exceptions, ie Harry Potter). Give me […]
Moon Over Soho is the second outing for PC Peter Grant and remains as fun the first, retaining the same sense of humour while adding a spot of world-building and introducing of a potential Big Bad for the series. Peter and his friends are still recovering from the aftermath of the events of Rivers of London – Nightingale is recuperating well but Lesley is hiding herself from the world and placing all of her hopes on magic to restore her to her previous self. But London’s supernatural citizens aren’t resting – jazz musicians keep dropping dead just after gigs, while elsewhere men keep turning […]