I liked this just as much, and maybe a little more than the first book. I liked finding out how Leslie was doing during her recovery. The humor is great and refreshing. The story was good.
Well, I'm getting better at understanding English, as opposed to American. But...there are a number of "pop" references that I had to think about or check on. Maybe I'm getting too old, but it was worth it.
The narrator's ability to use different voices remains a virtual wonder, particularly as more characters are introduced into the arc of the story.
After reading this, 2nd in the series, I can't emphasize enough the advise that you read the series, beginning with the first book.
I really enjoyed Midnight Riot. The characters continue in Moon Over Soho but they're not quite as interesting. This happens all the time in all kinds of entertainment. The sequel never to equal the original. This may happens more often with complicated characters and that's what we have in the "Peter Grant" stories. Peter is still a non-conformist. He is still struggling with his place in society. But he has figured out a bunch of stuff too. Though I am no prude, I did find the sexual scenes a little too much. I think it is great premise and the narrator is excellent but it is hard to follow up such a good premiere book, movie, television show, album, you name it.
It may take a few minutes of listening to get into the premise of a wizard policeman but it is well worth the effort. And Kobna Holbrook-Smith's voice makes it a pleasure to listen to from the very beginning with his gorgeous narration. He handles accents, dashes of humor and a strong main character effortlessly. In this second book of the series (and I do recommend you check out the book #1 as it is very good) something magical is killing the jazz musicians of London. As the mystery untangles, a menacing villain comes out from the shadow. The subplot of Larry the Lark is a nasty bit of work and makes the Faceless Man truly evil. This is counterbalanced by the humor used by the main characters and descriptions of police procedure that sound plausible to me. Descriptions of London and Londoners make for a fun atmosphere. I highly recommend this series if you are looking for something a little different from mainstream police stories or want some humor in your urban fantasy.
This is a great series, well written with evolving interesting characters. Each book is a clever mix of police procedural, magic, music, and science. This blend of disparate parts could have been overworked but Aronovich strikes a balance between them that and makes for a great tale. The narration is wonderful, managing to take you to the time and place. It's a great pace that makes for a great listen. The narration adds to, but does not overshadow the story.
This sequel starts a bit slow. OK. It drags like a boat anchor around your neck in a stormy sea. Having said that, stick with it because the author eventually hits his stride and the book sings. I should note that the narrator trying to do Leslie's voice might have done an accurate job in the literal sense, however, conversations with her in them are painful to listen to because of the mumbling. Thankfully such conversations were mercifully rare.
Moon Over Soho is a worthy follow-up to Rivers of London (a.k.a. Midnight Riot). Young cop / apprentice wizard Peter Grant has two different mysteries on his hands: someone killing men by a particularly gruesome means, and someone else killing jazz musicians and making it look like natural causes -- but leaving enough magical trace evidence behind that even Dr. Walid can pick up on it. He's largely on his own through much of this adventure, as both his mentor and his friend Lesley are recovering from injuries received in the previous outing.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith proves again that he's the perfect voice for Peter.
This book is definitely worth a credit and a listen.
I've found this series a surprising gem in a sea of mediocre fantasy novels. It's a wonderful mix of modern and mystical.
more info about Peter background (mostly his dad). Bit and pieces of Nightingale past. lots of sex and killing. narrator need too lay off the mumbling Liz