Title: Midnight Riot (Rivers of London in the U.K.)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Series: Rivers of London #1
Synopsis: “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.”
Review: Ben Aaronovitch wrote for Dr. Who. Is it any wonder that this is a brilliant story with engaging characters? I would like to be able to say that this is why I purchased Midnight Riot. I am (newly, within the last 6 months or so) a huge Dr. Who fan. However, I sadly did not realize that Ben Aaronovitch had written for Dr. Who until after I had already started reading this novel.
The character of Peter Grant is very human, and easy to like. He’s just a normal guy, with a normal life, and then suddenly things aren’t so normal anymore when he begins to converse with ghosts, and learn magic. Oh yeah, and people are dying, loads of people; and Peter has to figure out why so he can stop a killer. Aaronovitch does a good job bringing the characters to life and helping his readers become invested in the story. I’m running out tomorrow on my way home from work to buy the next book in the Rivers of London series.
Publisher: Del Rey
If you like this book you may want to read:
Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London #2) by Ben Aaronovitch
The Damned Busters (To Hell and Back #1) by Matthew Hughes
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne