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Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2 | [Ben Aaronovitch]

Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.
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Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul - they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace - one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard "Lord" Grant - otherwise known as Peter's dear old dad.

©2011 Ben Aaronvitch (P)2012 Tantor

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    Tango Texas 04-06-13
    Tango Texas 04-06-13

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Very Entertaining"

    Although I did not enjoy Moon over Soho quite as much as Midnight Riot, I did find it quite entertaining and worth a credit. It certainly makes me hope that Audible will keep bringing us the audio versions as the author continues to add to the adventures of Peter Grant.

    After the tragic events at the end of Book 1, Lesley May is indisposed throughout Book 2 and I think that's part of the reason I did not like this book as much. Peter needs the considered advice and more careful approach of Lesley to offset his inclinations to dive into trouble; without her, he does simply dive into trouble and I found his lack of sense a little aggravating. There are some semi-explicit sex scenes in this book that were not in Book 1 that I didn't really like - mostly I just wasn't as taken with the romantic interest as Peter and the author clearly were. (Although, without giving away anything, I will say I LOVED the scene where girl meets mother!) All said, I just wasn't as taken with Peter or the plotlines of Moon Over Soho as with Midnight Riot. But the back story for what happened to Peter's father was pretty great, Holdbrook-Smith is still nice to listen to (and easier to follow now), the book was still entertaining, and the ending gave me high hopes to see more of Lesley again. So, overall, a credit well spent and I'm going for Book 3.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 03-06-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 03-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "The Magic Continues!"


    In his second adventure, Peter Grant pursues the killers of jazz musicians (by jazz vampires) and we learn more about Peter's father, a jazz legend. While his wizard training continues, Peter encounters chimeras, specialty vampires, and the Faceless Man (an evil wizard). This book is, if possible, even more fun than the first Peter Grant book.

    Aaronovitch continues to create wonderful characters, each of whom has his or her own view of the world and the things that happen to them, often ironic or sarcastic but always either amusing or laugh-out-loud funny! Again Kobna Holdbrook-Smith gives a wonderful performance of the text. From cheeky working-class Peter to Oxford Dons to upper-class wizard Thomas Nightingale, the accents and inflection are perfect (at least to this American ear), and his female characters are as believable as the male characters. In addition, he does a creditable job of singing snatches of 40's and 50's jazz songs.

    This series is one of the best discoveries in my reading life to come along in quite some time. I have already read the third of the series, and I pray that there will be many more installments.

    Highly recommended!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri 07-30-14
    Sheri 07-30-14
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    "Loved this Book - Total Imersion"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Over Soho to be better than the print version?

    Well - I haven't read the hard copy but I do love that Jazz is used throughout the book - it adds so much to the performance and the "Soul" of the story.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    The accents were spot on - love everything about the performance. If they changed readers - I may not listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the "coming to consciousness" to the bigger and infinite world of Magic. I am also kinda geeky in that I loved the basis of the Magic in this book is based on Newton.


    Any additional comments?

    WARNING: Once you start book 1 -- before you know it -- you are on an addicted path!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    baltomd Baltimore, MD 07-28-14
    baltomd Baltimore, MD 07-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another amazing Peter Grant story"

    This is not only a terrific and creative series of stories: I can't be sure I'd like the books so much, were they not narrated by Kobna Holbrook-Smith. It's as though the author (Ben Aaronovitch) was channeling the narrator. His fit to the main character/narrator is uncanny. And of course, brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gkbowood 07-26-14
    gkbowood 07-26-14

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    "Apparently, you can never have too much sex..."
    Where does Moon Over Soho rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good, but the first was better. That being said, the ending of this one makes up for that!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Over Soho?

    No spoilers!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very last scene!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did!


    Any additional comments?

    His co-worker's saga is integral to my enjoyment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Just as good as #1"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 06-21-13
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 06-21-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "NOT Pratchett. NOT Potter. Different. Excellent."

    Once I opened my mind to the reality that this series is not really like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and/or the Harry Potter stories (albeit an adult version).... I was able to see the story for what it is: very witty, very nice and (in my humble opinion)... well written. I'd read too many reviews and, unfortunately, that colored my perception. Don't get me wrong...that IS what made me pick up this series in the first place. I never would have given the books a second glance otherwise. Ironic, eh? There are common threads...but only in an overall, generalized sort of way. British humor for one and an apprentice learning magical skills. That's (roughly) about it. This series has a unique identity and that's awesome :) I'm glad I picked up book #2 in a sale. BTW: Book #2 (Moon Over Soho), is a tad different from Book #1 (Midnight Riot)... Have you ever heard the classic line by an actor/actress: I'll do nude but only if it's relevant to the story line...? THAT applies here. There is nudity and sexuality but it is not over done and does not linger for a page-after-page-after-page sort of nonsense ...just to be sensational, etc. There's actually a reason for it. Anyway. This book is very witty, the characters are allowed to grow, police procedures are followed and there is entertainment to be had. Enjoy. I did. That is one thing that this series really does have in common with Terry Pratchett...it makes me laugh a LOT. LOL.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Siverling 11-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A book where the narrator enhances the book."
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the few audio books where the narrator not only lives up to the potiential of the book but also enhances it. The narrator gives the story more character and shades in the story to give it more depth. The various British terms (knackered meaning dead tired) (transport cafe is a truckstop) and the accent may give Americans a little trouble but otherwise I think everybody will enjoy the story.

    The texture of the Jazz scene and the expressions of London life where enjoyable as well.

    The first book was good but the second was better and I still waiting to listen to the third.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    fred greensboro nc 06-04-14
    fred greensboro nc 06-04-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Sophomore jinx strikes again...still worth it"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Bethesda, MD, United States 01-02-13
    Mike Bethesda, MD, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2005

    Semi retired / worked mostly Nonprofits. Lv Blues into Rock & Roll Lv mysteries (mstly Pol procs) Lv Baseball / Played til 55 - umpd til 63

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    "More of a good thing"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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