Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.
Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.
He's been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week....
Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
Features an audio exclusive interview with Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
©2016 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
I love Kobna Holbrook-Smith and I think he embodies all of the series so I don't read the print version
Sort of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
He is fantastic
Loved it but I love the series
Get it read it listen to it and if you haven't started the series I'm envious I wish I hadn't read/listened to it because then I could do it again
I wouldn't recommend this one directly, but the series? Most DEFINITELY. It's quirky, clever and has so many laugh out loud moments ,this is my most looked forward to series. This book HAS to be read in order. I hadn't caught up on the story before starting in on this one, and I was a little lost with the constant referring to past events. It's a good story regardless, but one of my least favourite of the series
I was a little lost with the referring to past books. There needed to be a little more context given to past events. Otherwise, it was a good book. The story felt a bit disjointed, and didn't have a clear engaging story line that caught me, but it wasn't bad or boring at all.
He has an unreal talent to switch between characters and accents. He is probably my favourite narrator, along side Sebastian York - who has the sexiest voice ALIVE
This is such a fun quirky series. Start at the beginning, and listen to it. The narration brings it alive in a way you wouldn't believe. The only thing that set this back from 5 stars for me, was the storyline not being "bowl me over amazing" like the others I've read, but still, decent.
Good story, fun narrating with good use of London slang and dialects
Praise to the author for gathering threads from earlier books, but without closing them all.
He also did a good job of avoid powercreep, what have become stronger in this story is not the protagonist, but police organization behind him (it opens also up for new problems).
"Another fun filled ride"
It's like catching up with old friends I find myself reading and listening to this book and smiling like I'm with an old friend updating me on their life. The characters feel real and you want to know more about them. So many questions still to be answered.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is Peter to me his voice is the one I hear when I read the book he is by far one of the best narrators audible have.
Cannot wait for the next instalment.
"Back on form - best in the series since the first"
Along with many other readers, I found the previous instalment in this series a little disappointing, something of a filler. As I hoped, Ben Aaronovitch is back on form with this latest episode in the saga of PC Peter Grant and his dealings with the magical, mythical and fantastical denizens of the demi-monde.
In this book, a long owed favour comes home to roost as the personification of the River Tyburn, Lady Ty, calls in her marker when her daughter is involved in what, initially, appears to be a straightforward drug overdose.
Rapidly however the magical element comes to the fore and the Faceless Man and rogue PC Lesley May enter the story. It would be very easy for this series to slip into predictability - Faceless Man does some mischief, eventually our heroes get close and then he gets away as cleanly as ever. What this author has managed to do is to maintain the viability of the series while moving the story forward and developing the information the police have - as they would in a mundane investigation. With the identity of the Faceless Man finally known, the book builds to a superb and satisfying conclusion while offering plenty of teasers for the next book.
Many familiar character return and some new ones appear keeping the variety that makes this series so enjoyable. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is superb as ever - his narration as Grant is spot on and he manages the wide range of characters with ease.
At the end there is a fascinating interview with both Ben and Kobna (though the interviewer is a little annoying).
One word of warning - if you haven't read/heard the previous books in the series, you will miss much of the joy of this book. Whilst the story can be enjoyed in own right, the depth (and to my mind) pleasure of it comes from the build up of story and knowledge from previous novels in the series.
"More please as soon as possible!"
The only thing I dislike about these books is that they are over too quickly! Eagerly awaiting the next installment...
I feel that I must have missed big parts of this book, but when listening again I find I have not. This book has left me slightly confused. With all of the other books the scene has been set and you can set play on your 'imagination video' and as Kobna reads the book you can visualise what is happening. With this book it was totally lacking.
Of course, I love this series, its just this book didnt light my fire as much as the others.
Ahhhh Kobna, I love his voice, I could listen to him read the AA road Map!
I'm going to listen to the whole series again - because I can and you hear something new every time. Please please, if you have just discovered this book on audible, don't buy it, go to the first book, buy that and work your way through the series. Honest its worth it.
"shamefully cut short"
the book lacked any kind of point, clearly has either been edited for the next instalment or the writer is lost. beginning ,middle and what's going on with the end
the end or lack of .
come on publishers, every book has an end or even in a serial a cliff hanger..... this just stopped for why I know not......
The book started very well and felt as if it would return the the excellent form of the earlier books in the series. I enjoyed the humour and the mix of characters. However, the ending is such a disappointment. It felt as if it had been finished for a particular deadline, rather than being brought to a proper conclusion in its own right. I can appreciate that certain threads of the story have to be left so that they can be picked up in the next book, but everything was rushed, bundled up in a most unsatisfactory way. I shall undoubtedly read the next one when it appears, but with less of the pleasurable anticipation with which I awaited this one. Perhaps the next should be the last.
Thank you, Ben. Well worth waiting for. Kobna excellent as usual. Can't wait for next one.
"It's been worth the wait..."
Lovely - Ben Aaronovitch has put a bit more muscle into the story arch, fleshed out the minor characters (past AND present), and has woven tantalising threads through the fabric of the main character that may, or may not, bear fruit in future episodes. I love it when I sense a variety of possible future outcomes.
The story unfolds at a very fast pace, yet the characters are always given just enough time to develop without any sense of being rushed. I loved the sprinkling of magical back history throughout the previous books and wasn't disappointed with this volume. And, as always, I especially love the way that Ben Aaronovitch give as much effort to crafting the past and present background, geographically speaking, as he does to his characters.
And as to the performance by Kobna Holbrook-Smith...I love, love, love it. Kobna REALLY brings the story alive with such passion and humour. His timing is amazing.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and the performance.
"All the good things"
It's brilliant, story, acting and I can't wait for the next book. When is that btw?
Like all of them
"Peter Grant at his best?"
I missed the music between each chapter. Great listen. Pacey story great twists in it.
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