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Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel | [Ben Aaronovitch]

Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

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.
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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

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    Holdbrook-Smith is the best narrator I have ever listened to (and I have listened to many!). I was a bit more leary of this book because the other reviews mentioned that it was different from the first three. I am SO glad that I downloaded this book. It is a great book and I completely did not see the ending coming. Ben Aaronovitch is an amazing author. I can't believe I now have to wait for the next book!

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    Sonseenahray Centerville, OH, United States 08-22-15
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    I absolutely love these books. They are well written with very well developed characters. He develops the suspense slowly. Kobna is such the perfect narrator! I sometimes forget he is reading the story and not talking about people he knows. These stories have become my favorite, yet I almost did not even know about them. This was not a genre I usually read, but now I am always looking for more authors who could write a story as well as Aaronovitch. Keep them coming!

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    "Love the series so far"

    Peter is adorable but I'm shocked to find out who the faceless man recruits as his accomplice. Say it isn't so!!

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    I really enjoyed all Peter Grant novels. I was surprised that I did not enjoy this series. The story got bogged down and lost my interest. There was very little action when compared to the other series. The chain of inquest to discover the murder was so convoluted it became impossible to follow. I did enjoy the FBI introduction into the story but that angled was not explored enough to add a captivating interest.

    I read this after Whispers Under Ground. I had difficulty in placing the events of the time line of Broken Homes as it relates to Whispers. Whispers ends with a cliff hanger with the Faceless Man. Resolution of that situation is ignored. I find it annoying to read books out of sequence. I lose fluency of how relationships develop. The character relationships in this book has the premise that the actions of Whispers Under Ground has not taken place.

    If you are linear like me, you find it totally annoying and frustrating to read. I cannot say that I like the ending because I do not know how it got there.

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    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 book really grabs your attention. The main character is very likable. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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    April J. Lemoine Baton Rouge, LA USA 04-20-15
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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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Would you listen to Broken Homes again? Why?

    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.


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