The second installment in the Peter Grant series is as solid and entertaining as the first. But once again I was left feeling the best is yet to come. 3/5 stars.
What it’s about: More crimes involving magic for London constable and apprentice Peter Grant to investigate. This time Soho area musicians are dropping dead, their brain scans showing magical draining.
For more background, check out my review of Rivers of London (Peter Grant series #1).
This was perfectly fine. Another well-constructed police procedural with the odd supernatural element thrown in for good measure. All narrated in the slightly sarcastic and sometimes funny voice of our first-person narrator, Police Constable Peter Grant.
My unease comes from a plot pattern I notice recurring from the first book. In each story there are two plot threads: one which will be resolved within this installment of the series, and another which will continue into the next. And, in Moon over Soho as in Rivers of London (Book 1), the “unfinished” plot strand is noticeably more interesting than the “finished” one. On the one hand, this is good strategy by the author. After all, he wants you to want to read the next book! However, I found it distracting and a little disheartening. I would like the plot which I’m going to see resolved within the book in my hands to be as strong and interesting as any ongoing series story lines.
Also, and this isn’t exactly a criticism, I feel these stories would be better suited to television. I can’t explain exactly why. Perhaps because the “action” sequences come across as a bit under-described, more like a screenplay? If this was adapted for the small screen, I’d definitely watch – it’d be great!
If you enjoyed Rivers of London (aka Midnight Riot for US readers), you’ll enjoy Moon over Soho.