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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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.
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
If you've read Midnight Riot, I recommend you go ahead and pick this book up. If you're still uncertain, fine, here's my review:
Everything that made the first book great is here. You have an intelligent, clever, and overly observant protagonist. His view of everything and his actions are all hilarious, but make sense. There is no plot being moved along by stupid, unjustifiable decisions here, and I love it.
Midnight riot was a little meandering and convoluted. That is gone in this book, as it is much more direct. I kind of liked the wandering plot, but without that, there is more of a mystery that the reader gets to figure out on their own.
Really, I'm just going to pretty much blindly recommend this book to people when they want a mystery or fun novel. So if you have even a little interest in this book/series, I say pick it up. I doubt you'll regret it.
Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series is the best urban fantasy since Kate Grenville's "Midnight Mayor" series. This second book didn't quite match the first, for me, because Peter was so obviously stupid throughout, but it ended with a bang, and it also ties up some vital loose ends from book 1, as well as introducing what will become an important plotline in book 3 (and probably beyond), so it's well worth the time.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a masterful job with the narration, all the voices and accents. Whoever he is, he should read more things.
It's clever, intelligent, smart, well written...did I mention clever? The underlying "magic or other things uncanny" theme is handled on such a high brow level that you don't feel condescended to at all. There is much to learn here, too: history of London, history of magic, other history in general. Also love learning more British slang. I thought a punter was someone who poled a boat.
Someone is killing jazz men in London and has been for some years. Same person/people?
Peter and Thomas are a toss up, but Peter may edge out a little just because he is in this one more.
So many to choose from. Each small piece is a large building block. Can't choose. The scenes with Lesley are heart rending. I am looking forward to more of Lesley.
Laughed a lot. Squirmed a bit, too.
Why isn't Ben Aaronovitch more famous? This book, and the rest of the series, is amazing. Magic, science, police procedural mystery, and laugh out loud funny! And the performance is in the top 1% of anything on audible.
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