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.
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Good, but the first was better. That being said, the ending of this one makes up for that!
The very last scene!
His co-worker's saga is integral to my enjoyment!
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.
This is another perfectly performed book about DC Grant and his paranormal police investigations. If you like the first one, you'll like this sexy second one.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
Peter our Brit cop that is still learning about the X-files and his own magic, continues to try to solve crime and keep up with his new crazy world! Narrator is spot on. Story is funny and intense. On to the next one!
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.
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