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Publisher's Summary

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call.

It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... 

Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghosts and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

©2017 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

" The Hanging Tree is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too." ( The Bookbag)
"Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural. As for Grant, he's a wonderful blend of laconic copper and, methodically researching how magic works, full-on nerd." ( Crime Scene)
"This series is brilliant!" ( Teen Librarian)

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Delightful writing and narration

This author and narrator team make the Peter Grant series my favorite audio book series. The writing is imaginative - with twisty plots and characters with depth and layers.

The narration is fabulous, with interesting change-ups in pacing, fantastic and recognizable voices.

Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith do outstanding work. I always look forward to the next book and find listening to this series delightful.

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Don't miss The Furthest Station

What do I love about this audiobook series? The vivid London landscape, the digressions about architecture, the musicality, the diverse backgrounds of all the characters (not one character is a cardboard stand in -- even if we're not told their whole story), the details of a police procedural, Peter's efforts to apply science to magic, the dashing Nightingale, the rich context of history, class, and region... and I could go on. There could not be a better narrator for this series than Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. If you haven't read the series, start at the beginning and don't skip this installment-- even if it's a novella, it's a wonderful listen. I can't wait for the next full length novel. Thank you, Mr. Aaronovich, now back to work!

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Solid and fun, not much plot

Fun novella in the Rivers of London series, this time with the world of ghosts partially explored and some expansion of Abigail's studies as she seeks to be taken on as an apprentice. Abigail has appeared before (a relative of Peter Grant), and Grant unwisely told her that if she passed a certain test in Latin he would teach her magic. Well, as Grant and Nightingale look into a suspected kidnapping (based on information from two dissolving ghosts), we also see Abigail's dedication to her studies. I can just see the Folly's denizens growing by one in some book soon and was happy for a mostly happy ending to the kidnapping case.

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I love this narrator

Short but still fantastic. I love Aaronovitch's writing style. He gives Peter a great sense of sarcasm and humor. This time he deals with ghosts and another river god. Quite good especially with the perfect narration by Hobna Holdbrook-Smith.

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Very well done all around.

Loved it as usual but as good as it is, I know it's a short but I miss a chat with Peter's Parents all though it was nice to have more of Abigail. I'd love to see another series with just Abigail and I don't particularly like children in books but I'd make an exception for her.

The audio was really well done as usual.

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Re Release??? Bad marketing??? Bad Web design????

Just got an email offering this book as from an author in my library. Clicked on link and it DID NOT show it as being in my library, which it is. I do not want 2 copy's of the same book. What extra value is being offered?

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Always fun!

I'd listen to these stories all day every day if I could. They're that good, fun, fulfilling!

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I am very picky.

I started and quit 4 other audio books in the past two days. I have no patience for marginal readers or clunky writing. Finished this one in one day. Completely enthralling, couldn't put it down. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith an amazing reader.

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I enoyed this

I read this novella out of sequence, after book six and another novella, The October Man. It didn't make a big difference. Station brings us closer to Abigail, Peter's cousin who is also a magician in training. She sees ghosts and Peter takes her along when it seems the ghosts of London are disappearing. I did enjoy this little departure from the larger arc.

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An enjoyable novella in the Peter Grant series

I enjoyed this ghost-themed exploration of Peter Grant's world. Holdbrook-Smith always does a perfect job of the narration, and this book is no exception. I would have loved this story to be a little longer and more detailed, but as it is, it was still a great listen. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Cookie Monster
  • 10-05-17

rather disappointing to be honest.

compared to the previous six books in the series,I felt robbed of a decent storyline,I was so looking forward to this book,but alas it was very short,and it seems the author was stuck for a decent worthwhile story. sadly disappointed.

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  • Sararara
  • 10-01-17

Much better but

Left wondering why this story wasn't incorporated into a full length novel. Good story more akin to the early books, with touches of Neverwhere. But some unresolved plot holes and the asides to American listeners /readers niggled. Teen character may please younger audience but overall not sure this was worth a credit.

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  • Vintageviolet74
  • 10-01-17

Slightly disappointed

I love the peter grant mysteries. This one is very short. Doesn't really get off the ground. Lacks a lot of the usual humour and heart of the earlier books. The basic plot has substance and could of gone a lot further. Seemed slightly rushed.

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  • Jeffrey Slater
  • 10-06-17

Ok but

The short stories / novellas are not a patch on the books. It is all rather lightweight and thin

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  • Mr. C. Arthurs
  • 10-04-17

Below par

Sadly short and although narration was up to the normal excellence the story was perhaps not on form. Not the best considering I have been waiting since April. Very disappointing, I’m almost ashamed to say.

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  • alw Audio
  • 10-03-17

Great story, superb narration

Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith are my dream team audio book pairing. Engaging stories full of the believable and unbelievable, narrated with clarity, precision, humour and an uncanny ability to move between character voices.

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  • Gabriel
  • 10-09-17

Not the best Peter Grant book by a long shot

If you only read this Peter Grant book you probably won’t read any more. Definitely not up to the usual standard in characters or story. Should be seen as a side story and not a novel but as a fan I wasn’t impressed at all. Here’s hoping the next one has more thought put into it

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  • David
  • 09-30-17

Good but too short

As always a good story but this time much too short.

I look forward to the next novel

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  • A. Moorhouse Sacred Earth
  • 10-25-17

not long enough

not long enough by far, it only just got going when it came to an end.

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  • poping
  • 10-07-17

Not of the normal standard

This is a very short book in relation to the other books also it is more like a "stand alone" accompanying novel not adding much to the ongoing theme.

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  • Richard
  • 09-30-17

Absolutely amazing

There was literally not a moment that I was not enthralled, the story had a perfect place, revisited existing characters without excessive repetition of their history as other series often do. The slice of life along with story progression of Abigail was incredibly satisfying. Kobna's superb performing capabilities continue to lend this series all of the nuances it deserves.

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  • Roderic
  • 01-15-18

A decent read but missing the depth of the novels

It is very hard to maintain freshness and excellence in a series such are this, and this novella was missing something... "spring", a central context (rivers, jazz, architecture).

I have been captured by the characters, and the gaps in Nightingale's back story, but I want a return to the energy of the first few books in the series.

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  • Andy
  • 10-20-17

expecting more

love the first 6 books, but this didn't go far enough or have a great amount of detail. it seemed to just end...

Excellent narration by Kobna as usual. my opinion is he has one of the best voices for narration out there..

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  • catwomanOz
  • 10-11-17

Good but short

Kobna Holbrook-Smith is a brilliant narrator. This book is only 3h long though - it was wrapping up before I realised.

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  • rhewi
  • 09-19-20

Too short but still great

It is a novella but that doesn’t stop you wanting more! Great story, awesome narrator as always!

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  • Anthony
  • 10-03-19

Loved it

Great combination of author and narrator to present a great book in the series. Has all you come to expect from this series solid storyline combined with believable creative and immersive world in modern day London. Loved it, can’t recommend it and the series enough, on about my third round of listening.

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  • Wicara
  • 01-12-19

just keep getting better

note that this is a shorter one and I was expecting some explanation for the ending of the last book but it didn't come.

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  • Michelle O'S
  • 11-13-18

Shorter than expected

just getting into this one when it ended. great story and wonderfully read as usual.

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  • Stephen Massey
  • 11-07-18

A great story wonderfully narrated

The Rivers of London books are a fantastic series. Being an ex Londoner living on the other side of the world I have become a little homesick listening to the descriptions of my city of birth. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith brings the characters to life in a way few other narrators achieve. The Furthest Station is well written and sits equally amongst its sister stories.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 10-26-18

Lovely

Brilliant as usual. A lovely treat to tide you over until the next book. Familiar characters and wonderful narration.