My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is.
Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast. With the new year, I have three main objectives, a) pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC, b) work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai, an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice, is supposed to be, and most importantly, c) get through the year without destroying a major landmark.
Two out of three isn’t bad, right?
A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man - a man whose previous encounters I've barely survived. I've also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.
But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there's a connection to the Crawley case, I'll be entering some tricky waters of juristiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.
Just the typical day for a magician constable.
©2014 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2014 Penguin Audio
Broken Homes is the fourth in the Peter Grant series. I am still amazed at how much I enjoy this series. The old familiar characters are back with new twists and turns. I am giving the story four stars instead of five only because I got a bit lost in the theory of why the bad guy was doing what he was doing. If you like a bit of the supernatural, a bit of the police procedural, and a bit of the absurd, this is where you will find it.
Excellent writing that is modern and current and really makes you care about the characters and plot development. I really enjoy Aaronovitch books, but the narrator is what brings this book to life. Highly recommended.
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This is a series that seems to just keep getting better. The narrator is my absolute favorite, and Ben Aaronovitch has an amazing writing style that blends history and action into something that not only keeps you awake but on the edge of your seat to laugh, swear, sigh and bite your nails by turns. Obviously my favorite so far. now on to the next.
Wow. This was a very dark turn for the series. Still a good book, I look forward to the next to see where this goes.
Great story, I am usually good at solving the plot before if ends but I didn't see that twist coming. After a slow start you will be well rewarded. The performance was excellent as well great job Kobna!
Part police procedural, part magical fantasy, part social architecture polemic and all told in a sardonic London voice, Broken Homes is a joy to listen to. Listening to it for a second time was even more enjoyable than the first.
I really like this one over the others so far. The architectural history of London is fascinating and using the backdrop of the paranormal makes it all more interesting. I also think this was more nicely detailed than the first and second books. There are a couple of loose ends, but I hope they get tied up in future stories.
Kobna is the narrator's narrator. Every character is easily distinguishable from the others. He's not reading...he's acting and what an acting job! He has become my favorite narrator and I mean to search down every book he's narrated.
This is such an entertaining series of books. Ben Aaronovitch's writing has a light and humorous undercurrent. The descriptive scenery, attention to detail, insightful observations, and brilliant conversations keep the listener's interest.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is wonderful with the distinctive character's voices and acting. There is no rote reading of a book here. The only flub up on the narration was in a past book with an odd American accent. But, I still rate Holdbrook-Smith as a 10 out of 10 narrator, very strong in acting ability and with a range of accents that still holds true when voicing conversations between a man and a woman. What awesome talent!
This is a wonderful book series that has been greatly enhanced by being matched with the perfect narrator.
Additionally, this is a professionally turned out audio series. I enjoy the musical interludes between chapters.
If a person is looking for an entertaining book series, with interesting plots and characters, with consistently clever ideas being tossed to the listener, the Peter Grant series is one I highly recommend.
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