Books, as you all know by now, are my thing. Although I had written in the past about my woes of “serial” reading (pun still wholly intended), I’m addicted. There’s one series in particular that I can read in a flash, and I have one book left in this series – so far that is, there’s no knowing when the actual end is – and I can’t wait to devour it. So I’m writing this particular edition of bookworms in an attempt to justify reading the fifth and final – again, so far – instalment of this series as part of the bazaar book club! So with slightly flawed intentions – what? A girl’s got to read you know! – let’s get this series started. This month’s bookworms is brought to you by renowned author Ben Aaronovitch and his Peter Grant series, Rivers of London.
When I wrote about the first book back in November 2014, I had mentioned that the tagline alone was reason enough to read the book. “What if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz.” What a line! The River Thames and all it’s tributaries are personified, and wizards and warlocks all intertwined with the London Met are reason enough to read on. When PC Peter Grant joins The Folly – the supernatural department of the London Metropolitan Police – he finds himself tangled in a web of magic. Chaos and riots break out of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and things go absolutely bonkers. And that’s just book one, Rivers of London.
Book two, Moon Over Soho, is a whole new level of crazy. Taking us from Covent Garden and right into the heart of Soho, the events are darker. Musical history takes a strange turn as we follow the jazz era go from soothing to slightly disturbing and then destructive. Careers on the line, family involved, and souls getting sucked – actually sucked – it’s up to PC Grant to save Soho’s jazz culture from evaporating, literally. A story of both justice and revenge, things become very twisted, very quickly.
Book three, Whispers Underground, takes us deep into the underground – where minding the gap isn’t the only concern. While Inspector Nightingale is the last registered wizard in England, a rouge magician known as the “Faceless Man” appears to be wreaking havoc. The underground is never safe after hours, especially when dealing with said magician. The FBI becomes involved and things get bad quickly. The only question left to ask is this – how does the “Magic Division” deal with an agent opposed to all things magic?
Book four, Broken Homes, is where it all goes haywire! From Crawley to a strange housing estate in Elephant and Castle, the chase continues. Murders are taking place at random, and PC Grant is attempting to identify the Faceless Man, it’s getting harder for him to do his job. Taking on a new apprentice, fellow PC Leslie May, Nightingale’s Folly is growing. With an unexpected ending and a massive twist, book five couldn’t have come any sooner.