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Midnight Riot (Mass Market Paperbound)
I owe finding this series to one of our long time customers who placed an order for these books, which isn’t unusual – except for the fact she doesn’t usually read this style of mystery. I know she has excellent taste in books, so I figured I would give the first book a whirl and see if I liked them. Turns out that I loved every page, so I owe a thank you to a certain English lady who ordered this series last year! (And yes when we order books for people we nose through them occasionally to see if we have missed a brilliant author! And by nose I mean read the back of the book, just for claritys sake!)
When Constable Peter Grant is guarding a crime scene with fellow Constable Leslie May he encounters a witness to the crime. The problem is the witness is corporally challenged, meaning? A ghost saw the whole thing… But when you are just starting your policing career, you don’t want to tank it right away by telling your superiors about a witness with dubious existence problem, but that’s just what Grant does through a set accidental circumstances. And of course that’s when his budding career takes a turn for the weird….
I cannot tell you how funny this book is! Peter Grant has such a snarky sense of humor and unique perspectives on life and London that there’s never a dull moment. This is one of the only magical police procedurals I have come across and it does a great job in balancing these two elements. And like Peter’s personality it wanders a bit (the other books are a bit more streamlined, but the first book has a lot for the reader to process so it wanders) but everything - even the tangents - are relevent. Another great feature is the fact these books follow the rules of fair play, meaning you have a fair chance of guessing the culprit and lays all the facts of the mystery before you (and don’t introduce plot devices in the last ten pages which manage to save the day – the solution is cleverly laid before - sometimes on page two – and then utlized again later) and Aaronovich still manages to fool his readers. Another great feature of this series is there is a larger multi-book plot along side each individual book plot. As you can guess there isn’t much I don’t like about the series….the only thing I can think of is there aren’t enough of them!
I would unreservedly recommend this series to any urban fantasy reader looking for something a bit different provided you enjoy reading books set in our modern day London, can handle the discovery that almost anyone has the ability to perform magic provided they are trained up and have more than just a few creatures vying to keep/defend their own patch of London.— Amber
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
About the Author
Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC television's legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. He has also penned several groundbreaking TV tie-in novels. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant.
“Fresh, original and a wonderful read. I loved it.”—Charlaine Harris
“Midnight Riot is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. It is a hilarious, keenly imagined caper.”—Diana Gabaldon
“Filled with detail and imagination . . . Aaronovitch is a name to watch.”—Peter F. Hamilton
“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.” --io9.com
“Aaronovitch has created a fun and funny character in Grant, who displays wit more than snark (a welcome attitude) and shows he can think on his feet. . . . It's a great start to what will hopefully be a long series of adventures.”--SFrevu.com