There is never enough Nightingale, though the bits we got were primo. Hanging on for dear life, the Faceless Man unable to do anything much without destroying his concentration and dooming them both, Peter is able to ride him down to a hard landing, followed by a swift kicking before handcuffing him. After all, if your relationship with a goddess goes pear-shaped, you know who is going to suffer most and it won't be Beverly. I love that his dogs are dogs, but are still amusing; that Peter is not an anti-hero, and as wry as he is, still believes in loyalty and justice; that Peter doesn't describe all women in terms of sexability, just the one s he wants to have sex with; that magic isn't easy; that magic is part of an ambient system living all around us; that Peter is self-depreciating as much as he chaffs others. My superior Nightingale is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. Without doubt, pacing is a little off from a traditional detective story, but I found that for me, it reflected the inconsistent nature of real-life police work; one does not work a case to the exclusivity of all others, and sometimes the pieces are slow to fit into place.
Peter is his snarky best throughout the book in spite of, or perhaps because of, being in constant peril. Nightingale reveals Dr Walid has found cells on the body of the young woman buried near Robert Weil's 'accident'. Honestly, I can't say enough. Meanwhile the god and goddess of the River Thames organize a Spring Ball. 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.
To continue with the positive aspects of this fourth book not that I have anything to complain about , I particularly liked three things: - the introduction of German and Russian magical practicioners, expanding the alternate histories and secret organizations beyond the Folly and the English culture; - the big scene of Thomas Nightingale unleashing his magic-fu. Peter bridles at this but still manages to establish the tower which she says makes 'happy music' is being visited by 'lots of '. Lesley and Grant return to Skygarden and find one of the neighbors leaving in a hurry. On which note, Nightingale's big scene was amazing. Take small bites and chew carefully, etc. Aaronovitch had better be careful in traffic for the next year, just sayin'. Although it is all fictional, it blends into the real historical details that are in every Peter grant book seamlessly.
A mutilated body in Crawley. Here, like book 2, we get ambling about and random encounters that seem to be drawn together haphazardly in the last few pages. Lesley gives him a hard time, needling him about why he a This installment meanders a bit, as it juggles multiple story lines, plus lessons in architecture. I also struggled a little with keeping some of the other characters straight. I know this Asda well, so it made me chuckle! Why was Mr Nolfi suddenly able to conjure up werelights again? Morehouse awkwardly reading a German title contrasted with Nightingale's smooth description of the same title. Follow-up of leads at Southwark Council convinces the team that there is a connection to Skygarden Tower, so Nightingale informally authorises Peter and Lesley to infiltrate the tower. Broken Homes is very much a middle-of-the story book.
He used to write for Doctor Who. Not sure if that was me or Aaronovich. The council estate and its architecture are the things I enjoyed the most. By book 4, both the premise and the plot have worn thin. As is typical for the series, the plot is.
Honestly, this series is so much fun it really deserves an enormous audience on both sides of the pond. To me, that's a wonderful four star. No-one who lives there describes themselves as just being from London unless you happen to live in the center ; you are a North Londoner or a South Londoner or an East-Ender and if you are a North Londoner and travel south you really will feel out of your comfort zone. Highly recommended, both as a series and as a novel. Speaking of the Thames - I finally decided to search for a , mostly tributaries of the Thames that had long ago been converted to underground rivers. He does the genteel tones of Dr. There's some funny situations and some cool characters and scenes, but nothing that makes you go 'wow! Aaronovitch used a great way to attract attention to the world of London, so magical, fantastic and realistic at the same time.
His wild meeting with the Crazy Night Witch was enjoyable to read. I have two sets, the ones that go in my Moleskine and the slightly edited ones that go into my official Met issue book. But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. A mutilated body in Crawley. Maybe Molly will have her fun playtime in the next book? He interviews Lewis' civil partner, who tells Peter that Lewis hated working in London and right before his death, said he was finally going to leave his job. Surprising plot twist was surprising.
Highly recommended, but don't start here; this is very much a sequential series. A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. Thief and burglar, Patrick Mulkern's corpse is discovered in Bromley, burnt from the inside out. I so enjoyed reading this and I recommend this series without reservation. Peter uncovers a rare German handed in by a book dealer, who suspected it was stolen.
Zach's indignant hippie vibe continues to amuse. We like to keep things fresh. Yes, it's policing with the involvement of magic and supernatural creatures, but you still have the support network of a policeman -- including superior officers to a answer to and b drag you out of trouble. And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River? Lesley and Peter return to Skygarden Tower where Peter uses magic to force an entry to a newly sealed flat belonging to a neighbour who was apparently still a resident only a short time before, and discovers holes have been drilled in supporting pillars, the holes stuffed with , neatly gathered and led to a cash box taped to the drilled pillar. I much prefer the more tightly focused Books 1 and 3 of the series.