Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural. In the new novel DC Peter Grant must head south of the river to the alien environs of Elephant and Castle. There’s a murderer abroad and, as always when Grant’s department are reluctantly called in by CID, there is more than a whiff of the supernatural in the darkness. Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch’s series has swiftly added Grant’s magical London to Rebus’ Edinburgh and Morse’s Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.
I’ve been a big fan of Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant books from very early on and have looked forward to each release. It only took me so long to read this as my copy was borrowed by the better half and her father before I could even open the first page. Thankfully I finally got my copy back and managed to read in peace.
To be honest at the start I was a bit disappointed . The first couple of chapters just didn’t sound or feel like Peter Grant narrating to me. The caustic wit which I love seemed to be largely missing. The book starts with a series of events which just seemed to stumble along without grabbing me. Thankfully this did not last. By the time we have Peter policing a magical fair he is back in full flow and the continuing events start to come together pointing towards strange connections between a block of flats , Germany and the series villain , the faceless man.
The scenes in the flats are very good.
We get what every fan has been waiting for which is a decent chunk of Nightingale.
Lesley and Peters relationships provide a decent bit of entertainment.
With all this the book becomes nicely paced and by the last section I was completely drawn in.
And what an ending. Explosive is an understatement. I honestly did not see the final twist coming at all. With that almighty smack in the face the book finishes and I have to say it was great overall. Despite a rocky start another fantastic addition to the series.
I will now await the next instalment even more eagerly and will fight tooth and nail to get the first read.