Midnight Riot; Ben Aaronovitch
First published as Rivers of London in the UK.
By this point, I’ve several of these–but each one continues to be so good that I wanted to share a review of the first one for everyone who hasn’t discovered the series. This is some good, interesting, well-developed urban fantasy.
If that’s your thing, you should read these books. 🙂
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Peter Grant, a probationary constable, dreams of being a detective in an important unit, but fears with his uneven record his superiors plan to make his future full of bureaucracy and paperwork. While he’s searching for clues to a murder, he comes across a ghost who claims to have witnessed the crime.
Of course, claiming to have seen a ghost won’t do Grant’s career any good. Instead of a career pushing paper, he ends up with Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, a one-man unit who investigates the weird crimes. Crimes that might hide more supernatural occurrences. And there’s plenty more weird to come, as more people die, and Grant tries to find the cause. He has some help, in the form of Police Constable Lesley May, but she’s unwilling to let his dark cloud overshadow her.
So Grant has to stop the murders–and do it in a way that won’t scream ‘magic’ to the world–while learning the ropes himself.
Watching Grant fumble around in the magical world of ghosts is pretty entertaining–as are his interactions with Lesley May. Nightingale, and his servant Molly, who both live in the weirder world, are a bit of a mystery still, but there’s more explanation in further books.
Without getting into any spoilers, I can say that the development and interest this first book sparked in me is still going strong. I’m waiting for book four from the library, and quite looking forward to where they go.