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 love the whole series by Ben Aaronovitch, but it may be because of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. His voice for Peter and for Nightingale is so PERFECT. He does different accents wonderfully (except for his American accent in a later sequel), and he exemplifies what it means to enjoy an audiobook.
I love Nightingale. I wish there was more of him.
Every performance I've heard from him in this series has been SO SO GOOD. I'm considering buying some audiobooks that don't even sound like my taste just to hear his narration again. It exemplifies what audiobooks can be.
I loved this series so much more than I thought I would. Its worth listening to every single book in the series - you won't regret it.
This is the second book I have read in this series. I preferred the content of the first book, but this was just as captivating. Can't wait for the next one. The pictures the narrator brings to focus do not go away.
Clever story, well written and full of excellent geek references. Kobna Holdbrook Smith has a gorgeous voice and his pacing, delivery and voice acting are among the best of the hundreds of audiobooks I have listened to over the years. The combination of good story and excellent delivery make the whole series well worth your credits. (Do start with the first one as this is the second in the series)
I love listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's voice. The story kept me captivated and I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I was a Sci-Fi Geek before Big Bang made it cool. Love Mysteries, Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk, and Mash-ups.
Everything about this book makes it a great continuation of Peter's journey. The people, settings, and pace keep you wanting to keep going. Peter grows on you as we learn more and more information about magic and his and its place in the world.
I am really enjoying this series. Well crafted writing and a stellar performance by the narrator make for a tendency for me to devour the books continuously, gorging myself on delicious storyline after delicious storyline.
The performance is much improved over the first book so I think he has settled into it. I love the Jazz theme and the story lines travelogue explanations of London as I would never know it.
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