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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The characters are real people in an unreal real world. The humor is good and subtle. The command of the English Language is very refreshing.
Did not read the book
The Spider Series by Jennifer Estep are just as fast paced and fantastical. Love the characters, but like the Ben Aaronovitch series, the narrator simply makes the story.
He is brilliant with character voices but the cadence he applies to each character actually helped me visualize the person speaking. Books are grand but mostly one dimensional. When Kobna Holdbrook-Smith describes the vestigia, I can smell from his descriptions. I can feel textures. I can see expressions just from his speech. What a gifted artist.
When Peter discovered that Simone had ended her life.
I don't even think a movie would be as enjoyable. This combination of author and narrator made the story very personal; as if I was running along side Peter during the entire book.
Loved that exhilaration!
I truly enjoyed this book. Our quirky, magical Deputy Constable becomes the Jazz Police in the sequel to Midnight Riot. Peter Grant, self believed ladies man, humorously navigates some rather awkward romantic relationships with magical creatures amongst his regular police work duties. His conclusion, he creates a new rule for himself, don't date anyone with more magic than yourself.
While Peter does seem to get easily sidetracked by the ladies, he has two cases that intersect. One is of Jazz musicians that seem to be dying of an unheard of, until now, magical cause. This takes him and the healing Nightingale into discovering there may be more wizards in London than Nightingale knew of. This is of some surprise since Nightingale thought he was the last. We get the pleasure of exploring Nightingale's past, schooling, his time during World War II, and his recovery from it.
There are some fantastic jazz references in this book, although, Peter does have an unfair advantage since his father is the somewhat famous Lord Grant of the London Jazz scene. In this version with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as the narrator you even get to hear some snippets of the pieces mentioned. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a fantastic narrator, a favorite of mine. I recommend listening to it if you have a chance.
I mentioned there is a bit of romance in this book. There is some profanity and some sexually explicit material but it is not the focus of the story nor the bulk of it. If you read the first book, it has more than the last but I wouldn't shelve it under erotic fiction by any stretch of the imagination.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
I like how the main character gives a lot of background on how the London Police operate. that was very interesting and quite different from where I live.
The magic is fun and interesting. The characters are easy to idenify with and the story is tight and concise.
I have only heard this narrator is the previous book in this series. he does an excellent job and is a great listen.
Harry Potter becomes a cop.
This is a fun series and this story is better than the first in the series. The book is still mostly monster of the week like the first book, but the overarching story is starting to take root.
First off, I love the series. After listening to the first book I immediately bought the next 2, and they did not disappoint. One criticism of Moon Over Soho, and to some extent the other 2 books is that the narration of inspector Nightingale is almost whispered. I had to keep going back and turning up the volume to re-listen to his character.
I found the different characters and their relationships to our world very interesting
I had many and did enjoy Peters discovery of his hidden talents of magic
Mr Holdbrook-Smith did a great job on all of the characters he did bring each to a level of professionalism that made the whole book a joy to listen to
Yes, but not practical in my line of work
Look forward to reading more Keep up the good works
Second book ithe series is just as enjoyable as the first. I like that we learned more about Peter's parents. A few new characters but primarily growth in the characters that we met during Midnight Riot. As this is why I like to read series, I say "yippee!" One of the characters is going through very tragic and challenging circumstances and the author doesn't give it a quick fix and make it all right. Of course I am pulling for a positive resolution but I applaud the author's restraint.
and the first was wonderful. the reader really nails the voices... listening is even better than reading it.
I love this series - enough to buy all 3 and wait with anticipation for the 4th. Mr. Aaronovitch continues where he left off in Book 1 with a good mystery and the continuing story of Lesley. Unlike some authors, his 2nd book actually fulfills the promise of the 1st. The characters develop and become more complex.
When Peter grapples with what has happened to his friend Lesley - and when she finds a reason to hope - I was right there with them.
I had not heard of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith before this series, but I plan on finding other performances.
Investigating a London murder may never be the same again.
I loved the first Aaronovitch. It was funny and clever, and I usually don't like supernatural stuff. In this book the author introduces an arch villain that will certainly be the focus of following books. Not for me - that ruins it.
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