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—Samuel Johnson

Book blurb:

Rivers-of-London-Ben-AaronovitchMy name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.


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  • Book Title: Rivers of London
  • Author: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Genre: Paranormal Police Procedural
  • Publisher: Gollancz (10 Jan. 2011)
  • Price: $8.53 Kindle (Hardcover from $2.53)/£5.99 Kindle (Hardcover from £2.49) 
  • Reviews: 951 for a total of 4.3 out of 5 stars (58% 5 stars)
  • Pages: 401

My Analysis: London. Detective story. Ghosts, wizards, river gods/goddesses… Urban fantasy (my all time favorite genre). Right then. I just didn’t need to hear more before pressing that BUY. But that left me with another three and a half minutes. So I took a quick glance at some of the hundreds of reviews.  “spectacular laugh out loud moments” said one of the 5-star reviews. “Ben’s passion for London is also extremely apparent and makes the journey all the more interesting. A real bonus is that, if you know the locations already, it is like rediscovering them all over again.” On the critical side, some complained that it seemed unlikely that just seeing a ghost would convince the young constable of their existence. (Well, I’m not sure what else it would take, but okay…) Another one-star reviewer complained, “Imagine if you will what would have happened if Harry Potter had never gone to Hogworts but instead had joined the Metropolitan police only to be taken on as an apprentice to the last known wizard-come- detective then throw in a couple of ‘spirits’ that are more than likely unlike any you have encountered before and you have Rivers of London.” (Not sure about you, but that line alone would have sold me!)

BUY or PASS:   BUY (In the interests of full disclosure, I have a confession to make here. On my audible.com account, I had some points available, so I downloaded the audio fabulously narrated by Kobna Holbrook-Smith. (You can get a preview here) The dog and I have been taking our Glasgow walks all week, but I’ve been surrounded by the sights and sounds of a slightly paranormal London. 

Here is Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge. It only took five minutes and a couple more to write up, and was a ton of fun. I hope you’ll consider joining in. All Rosie asks is that you link back to her original post here so we can all join in viewing your challenge results.

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie Amber's Friday Five Challenge. Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge. Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

  1. Go to any online book supplier,
  2. Randomly choose a category,
  3. Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
  4. Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
  5. If there are reviews, check out a couple,
  6. Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
  7. I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.