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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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.
I read so I can write
The mind that has created this series of stories is almost impossible to imagine. Mr. Aaronovitch uses his well developed skill to spread out a story that contains elements of mystery, humor, fantasy and magic. And he captures the reader in his trap and holds you to the very end.
Add the talent of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and you have book/movie because the audio is so good it builds mind pictures.
This is a keeper.
Multiple storylines and lots of action. Another master villain (big sigh), as well as bits and pieces that are the same old. BUT I bet that the creature causing all the trouble in the main mystery is a first in all fantasy genre (I challenge you to prove me wrong)! And the whole is exceedingly well-written and well-read. I love the voice and accent, but then I read a lot of British stories.
I advise reading the first book in the series first (never thought I'd say that) - just because there are several key, interesting characters and, having read the first book, I didn't particularly notice if the exposition was helpful. However, a good book is a good book and I bet it stands on its own.
So, is it the first such creature in a fantasy???
I live in Beijing and am thoroughly addicted to Audio Books.
Yes, I think Kobna's voice adds great depth to this book--he brings out the humour of the writing and the feel of the characters with brilliant adeptness.
His voice helps bring the story along, and imbibes the story with a reality that it would lack confined to the page by itself.
It enthralled me, if in a slightly more languid way than at "the edge of my seat"
It made me happy, and at point chortle with glee.
So far I would say this is my favourite of Ben Aaronovitch's work. If you liked Rivers of London (Midnight Riot American Title), then you will LOVE Moon over SoHo.
I loved this entire series. I love how fun and over the top the writing is. I loved all the characters. Finally a fantasy that portrays men and women as real 3 dimensional people, even when they are completely crazy. The narrator is simply one the best I have heard on Audible. I put him in the same category as Stephen Fry. The different voices he has for the different characters is fabulous. The author's affection for London is apparent and really makes London another character in the book, which I loved. Just can't recommend highly enough. So much fun. I just can't wait until book 4.
I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, and was eager to read the next book. I'm glad I bought the audiobook instead. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's performance made a good story great. I'll be buying the next audiobook in this series as soon as I finish this review...
Kobna Hldbrook-Smith's narration.
Definitely, Peter! I love the humour, the tenderness, the honesty and cynicism.
He has an incredible range of voices and accents - it's a pure joy listening to him.
No, though I would have liked that long to devote to it!
I enjoyed the first book so much - I wasn't sure about the second, because I don't like jazz. It was a comfort that Peter doesn't, really, either. This was just brilliant, though. I can't say enough about much I enjoyed it. I was driving when it finished playing, and I had to wait ten minutes till I parked to order the next one.
The fourth book has been out for five days. I certainly hope that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is already lined up to narrate it. As bewildering as it is for me, someone still fairly new to audiobooks, to say - I won't read it. I'll wait for the audiobook.
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