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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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 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
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