I can honestly say I cannot remember the last time a book had me really laughing out loud, but this one achieved that on numourous occasions.
The combination of wizardry and the metropolitan police is simply pure genius, and long may this series continue.
I finished the year with a not insubstantial total of 124 books read, and in no particular order here are my top ten books from that list.
Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride
666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs
Bryant and May investigate The Victoria Vanished by Christopher Fowler
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Halfhead by Stuart MacBride
Taken by Robert Crais
Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
Let’s start all over again in the morning shall we?
Vampires who feed of jazz music, and musicians, and a killer whose MO is to bite off their victims penis using teeth in her vagina. It’s all in a days work for probationary constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant.
A fantastic follow up to Rivers of London, with a story just as catchy that ensures you can’t help but keep turning the pages.
“Policing: Most of the time you are doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you’re doing it for justice. And, maybe once in a career, you’re doing it for revenge.”
I’d never heard of Ben Aaronovitch until a couple of months ago, when I attended a panel on genre crossing crime novels at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. As he described his novels, I became completely intrigued and as I walked through the bookshop in the hotel after listening to him speak, I made sure to pick up a copy of this, his first novel, and I’m so glad I did.
It’s crime fiction with more than a touch of magic. As a probationary police constable, turned apprentice wizard Peter Grant is a fantastic character, intelligent, warm and funny, and yet a little like the grown up younger brother you just want to keep a look out for.
If you like Neil Gaiman, Robert Rankin, or Christopher Fowler, you’re definitely going to find something you love in this.