Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Midnight Riot -- Ben Aaronovitch

Here's another absolute must have in the urban fantasy/paranormal mystery genre. Ben Aaronovitch, a former Doctor Who writer (so you know he had to be on my must read list with just that under his belt) bursts onto the UF scene with this first in the new Peter Grant series, Midnight Riot.

Sure it could have been a right place, right time situation, but Peter Grant's fortuitous meeting with a witness at a recent murder scene propels him from the ranks of Probationary Constable on the path to the Case Progression Unit (a paperwork division of the Metropolitan Police Service) to a position as protege to Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the man in charge of investigating cases involving magic. See Peter's witness is a not so recently departed haunt who happened to see the beheading of seemingly unimportant William Skirmish, the first in a string of bizarre murders across London. Soon Peter finds himself managing magic feuds while trying to uncover a killer able who definitely falls outside of normal investigating capabilities.

Midnight Riot (aka Rivers of London) is excellent and original! Packed with fascinating history and some different characters than the usual UF fare, Aaronovitch's first is sure to be a hit amongst anyone who loves a good paranormal read. Plus, it comes with blurbs from Charlaine Harris, Diana Gabaldon, Caitlin Kittredge, and Mario Acevedo, so you don't have to take just my word for it when I say give this one a shot!

Book two, Moon Over SoHo is out now and book three, Whispers Underground, is due out later this year.

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