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 […]
This is Book 6 in the Rivers of London/Peter Grant series. It is SO much better than the last outing, and I’m so very happy. I would put it right up there with Midnight Riot and Broken Homes (my two favorites so far). These are not individual mysteries. I highly recommend reading this series in order because there is an ongoing story that builds with each one. There are apparently graphic novels that take place in between some of the novels, and I think those are independent of the main story. This review may seem a little vague. I want […]
I’ve been unsuccessfully casting about for a new urban fantasy series to sink my teeth into ever since I devoured every Dresden Files and Women of the Otherworld book I could find. Having tried (and failed miserably) to get into Laurell K. Hamilton, JR Ward, Alexandra Ivy and many others who made my shit itch, it’s taken a little while but, filled as this is with fun characters and a brilliant (and very British) sense of humour, I think this may be The One. DC Peter Grant is something of a newbie to the Metropolitan Police. Wanting to be assigned […]
Peter Grant is a damn delight. I hadn’t gone very far in the book when I thought, “OMG, I like him!” I generally start books thinking I’m going to like the protagonist, but this was an extra special like. Peter Grant is just finishing his probationary period as a Constable in the London Metropolitan Police. He has dreams of fancy cars, suits, and telling perps “you’re nicked.” But instead he’s going to be making a “valuable contribution” doing paper work. Until he interviews a ghost witness and is found ghost hunting by Detective Cheif Inspector Nightengale, Britain’s last wizard. With […]
The Rivers of London/Peter Grant series continued on a strong note with books 4 and 5 in the series. I read these back to back, and decided to combine my reviews. Recap from Books 1-3: Peter Grant is a magician’s apprentice as well as a policeman in modern London. His special unit investigates and solves crimes involving paranormal phenomena. Most of the magician population was wiped out during WWII, but a newly trained dark magician is plotting something big while lots of other paranormal happenings are also going on. There are gods/goddesses tied with each of the rivers of London […]