Review | Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (Peter Grant #2)

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.

Moon Over Soho Peter Grant 2 by Ben Aaronovitch

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).

My take:

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.

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Review | Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

An entertaining police procedural with some supernatural shenanigans: 4/5 stars.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

What it’s about: a rookie Police Constable is recruited to the London Met’s small supernatural division (it’s just him and his boss) to investigate a series of bizarre violent crimes which appears to involve possession by an angry spirit.

That’s the short version. If you want more, I’ve put the blurb at the bottom of this post 🙂

One more note: apparently in the US this book was re-titled as “Midnight Riot”. Interesting…

My take: This will be short to avoid spoilers!

Fans of “regular” crime fiction shouldn’t let the mention of ghosts, vampires and river spirits put them off this book. First and foremost this is the story of crime and the ensuing police investigations. The characters quickly accept the presence of supernatural elements and get on with their normal jobs, most of them slightly miffed that the supernatural elements are making said job trickier.

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