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Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London 2) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Ben Aaronovitch

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Title:Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London 2)
Authors:Ben Aaronovitch
Info:Gollancz (2011), Edition: Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012 (inactive)
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Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (2011)


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As a sophomore effort in this series, this was a pretty strong story. As in the first tale, Rivers of London (or called something else in North America, I forget what, because I read a British edition), this one follows Peter Grant, a police constable who finds himself involved with the supernatural. The personal details in this story follow up nicely with the previous one, since Peter is still dealing with the gruesome fallout of his first big case, in which a fellow officer literally lost her face to a demon. In this story, something is attacking jazz musicians, which allows a look into Peter's family life, since his father is a once-renowned player. I must confess I had trouble following the story at times, but I blame myself because I found myself most often reading when I was very tired to begin with, so I read a lot of this book when I was falling asleep. I don't want it to sound as if it's a complicated story, because it's really not. In fact, it does what a series title should do: it builds on the first story and also introduces a brand-new one. It's a fun read, and heading into summer season it would be a great book to read poolside. I look forward to the next one, which is already in the pile beside my bed! ( )
  karenchase | Aug 20, 2015 |
The Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch is the second entry in his Peter Grant Series. These books are an entertaining and lively blend of a police procedural with a fair bit of fantasy. Peter Grant is a London police constable and an apprentice wizard who is investigating the deaths of assorted jazz musicians and he very quickly begins to suspect magic is involved. Meanwhile, there is evidence that a black wizard is performing some pretty grotesque deeds in the Soho area as well. Peter needs to find out if all these incidents are connected.

Peter Grant, the lead character, is a wonderful, modern personality that helps to make these books such fun to read. His self-depreciatory humor and snide asides are always spot on. His inept attempts at romance and his inventive attitude toward life and magic help give these book a fresh appeal. As always the City of London is a major character and the author obviously takes great pleasure in this setting.

I found this book to be tighter in plot and less confusing than the first book. The secondary characters are as interesting as the main, and I for one, am looking forward to more Inspector Nightingale. Moon Over Soho mixes black wizards, jazz music and vampires into a unique blend of mystery and magic. This is a inventive, unconventional series that I will be continuing on with. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 25, 2015 |
I think I should have read the first book in the series first. I spent a lot of time trying to understand what was going on and how on earth the seemingly magical elements were supposed to connect with the story. In the end, I enjoyed the story and the characters. Will try the other book now! ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 19, 2015 |
I like Aaronovitch so much that I first listened to the book and then read it in print to savor his wit. ( )
  2wonderY | Jul 6, 2015 |
I enjoyed the first book in this series I had to go and get the next one straight away. I was not disappointed. ( )
  gregandlarry | Mar 13, 2015 |
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'Men have died for this music.

You can't get more serious than that'

Dizzy Gillespie
For Karifa, because every father yearns to be a hero for his son.
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It's a sad fact of modern life that if you drive long enough, sooner or later you must leave London behind.
“Would you like me to arrest you?” I asked. That’s an old police trick, if you warn people they often just ignore you but ask them a question – then they have to think. Once they start to think about the consequences they almost always calm down, unless their drunk of course, or stoned, or aged between fourteen and twenty-one, or Glaswegian.
She opened her eyes. They were still blue. They were still Leslie's eyes. I tried to stay focused on those eyes.
"What do you think?" she said.
"I've seen worse," I said.
"Liar," she said. "Like who?"
"Your dad," I said.
It wasn't funny but I could see she appreciated the effort.
"Do you think you'll get used to it?"
"Get used to what?"
"My face," she said.
"You're always talking about your face, you know," I said. "You're just too vain. You need to think about other people instead of yourself all the time."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345524594, Mass Market Paperback)

The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul—they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.

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Rookie cop and magical apprentice Peter Grant from Midnight Riot returns inthis urban fantasy tale of magic and murder, set to a jazz beat.

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