Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Midnight Riot

Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Publisher: Del Rey

Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

If you are a fan of English mysteries and dry as dust humor, this is the book for you! Originally published as "Rivers of London" the first installment in the new Peter Grant series was retitled for American audiences. Personally, I find that annoying...Rivers of London was a great title for the story.

Anyway, memorable characters, snappy dialogue, a nice twisty plot and a unique tour of English countryside makes this a great read. I'm ready for the sequel!

**Note: this book purchased for my personal library

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