Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.
A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London. But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate. Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?
Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.
Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Kobna is a Film, Theatre, Television and Radio actor. His television credits include Little Britain, Saxondale, Pulling, Taking the Flak, Star Stories and Sirens; his theatre credits include lead roles at the National, Tricycle, Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bush and Shakespeare's Globe theatres and he has also been in numerous BBC radio plays. He has voiced audiobooks by Alastair Reynolds and Ben Aaronovitch for Orion.
©2013 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group
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"I love this series... But this one wasnt as good"
Yes, I was so impressed by the first 3 in the series but this one didn't quite live up to the previous 3 which is a shame. I will listen to the next one though because the first 3 were so brilliant. Maybe this one was a bit of a 'filler'?!
"This series is so good"
Loving these books so much, Kobna does a great great performance and the story is brilliant. Wish there were more!
"Magical detective story"
This is a brilliant story, well narrated by Kobna Holbrook-Smith.
Just the right amount of 'magic' but with a fantastic plot and a very likeable main character.
"Another enjoyable book in the series"
Knew it. There's a good change of direction in this book that may well lead the series into new adventures. Very enjoyable
"As compelling as the rest of the series"
If you've listened to the previous books in this series, it's more of the same utterly addictive stuff. Assume your headphones are going to be glued to your ears for the next ten hours.
superbly narrated tale In the Peter Grant series. These books just get better and better. Such detailed knowledge of London and the inner workings of the Met. ..It almost makes the police likeable.
The book gave a very seedy view of London that made no sense to me. Maybe I should have read other books by him first.
I didn't warm to the narrator's voice.
There were some good characters but it was charmless.
I won't come back for more.
I've not read the print version, but I love Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's performance on this book. He gets the character spot on in my opinion.
I am really enjoying this series. It's not a serious crime series, it's the real world with a twist of magic brought into it. It is based around magical crimes in London and the issues the characters face in dealing with those magical problems and crimes. I'm about to start the 5th book in the series, hopefully he brings out more soon!
"Another winner in this series"
I've got completely hooked on this series and book 4 Broken Homes is just as good as the previous ones. This time Peter and Leslie go undercover in an unusual building on a London housing estate. I love the descriptions of not only characters that Peter meets but the areas, you can totally 'see' the story unfold in your mind. The story flows along easily helped by the narrator who totally gets into the story and keeps you listening ages after you meant to switch off. For me it's definitely another winner by a wonderful author.
"so goo i bought all 5"
the narrator has the perfect voice for the character and in an instant can become a very believble Asian Glasweegion or any other person required.
thaat would be telling...don't want to be a plot spoiler
As a dyslexic i am able to read quite well but i miss the nuances of well rounded prose......this reader conveys all that is going on in his character's head
surreally normal,normally surreal
love the whole series..you should listen to them in order but it is not necessesary
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