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Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London 5) Hardcover – 13 Nov 2014

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575132507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575132504
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.5 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a real treat - Hot Fuzz meets Harry potter via hardboiled police procedural - with a compelling cast of characters and a nail-biting mystery to be solved (Living North)

This is a book that I can't recommend enough - as I said before, it's a great jump on point for new readers, but it also keeps up the greatness of the previous four novels. Whilst this might be my favourite since the first novel, that doesn't mean the others are rubbish - this just has a little something extra, a little je ne sais pas. (The Cult Den)

As brilliant and funny as ever (THE SUN)

Ben has deservedly earned high praise for his Rivers of London series and Foxglove Summer continues to broaden the saga with gusto. With plenty of dark humour and action, great characters - human and otherwise! - this latest novel more than delivers everything fans will expect from a new story in this brilliant series. Thoroughly recommended (Down the Tubes)

An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups (THE TIMES)

Foxglove Summer is evocative, mysterious, engaging, and, mostly, enormous amounts of fun. Fans of the Peter Grant series will not be disappointed, and those new to the books should start with Rivers in London, safe in the knowledge that the sequels are just as good. (Starburst Magazine)

Foxglove Summer is urban fantasy the way it should be. The kind of book that keeps you up way past 3.00 am because you really need to 'read to the end of this chapter' and then the next ... and the next... Foxglove Summer is well paced and engrossing. You do not have to have read the previous four volumes as it stands on its own well enough, though having the history at hand is always going to help. A fun read and thoroughly recommended. (Piper at the Gates of Fantasy)

this little country retreat offers much in a way of a fresh, singular plot to devour with some real police action and adventure... it's a witty installment (Sci-Fi Now)

I loved this story. This is a series where the announcement of a new book fills me with joy. (Geek Syndicate)

As we'd expect, each fan is going to have their favourite and this book is definitely one of mine (The Book Bag)

For all the murder and mayhem, this is a darkly comic read with characters you can't help but like. (THE SUNDAY EXPRESS)

The story itself is intriguing with a solid mystery at its heart and it rattles along at a steady pace, whilst still allowing Peter time to enjoy the country life. It's certainly a refreshing new angle to take as the other books are set in the city. This is a great, gritty and whimsical read. 5/5 stars (Book Shelf Butterfly)

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The fifth of the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling series sees PC Grant looking for missing children. And missing London.

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'Two missing children. One lost copper'

The Plot Of The Story:
I'm so excited to write this review as I think most of the blog's followers know by now that I am a HUGE fan of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant books of which Foxglove Summer is the latest.
For those who don't know much about these wonderful books then it's fair to say that these are like a kind of Harry Potter for adults. Peter Grant is a Metropolitan police constable working in London, a young black man with dreams for his career until one of the cases he's working on brings into the world of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale who is England's last magician and investigate those cases that the normal police can't or won't. Now Peter is Nightingale's 'apprentice' and learning the tricks of Nightingale's trade while being thrown into a world he could never have guessed existed was out there under the surface of London and includes the gods and goddesses of all of London Rivers.
Previously all of the Peter Grant books have been set in and around the city of London as both Grant and Nightingale investigate various magical cases together but Foxglove Summer is different as this time Peter is out of London in the countryside and he's working without Nightingale guidance as Nightingale remains in London while opting to send Peter some assistance in the form of one the goddesses of London's river, Beverley Brook, who Peter has a rather 'personal' connection with.
Two little girls have gone missing in a small Herefordshire village and while it's initially believed to be a straight kidnapping case it soon becomes clear to Peter that there is something supernatural afoot but can he solve it without his boss and is there truly such a thing as an invisible unicorn?
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A bit of a disappointment for me. Really enjoyed Aaronvitch's first four books all based in London - light, easy reading and amusing. Stories about PC Peter Grant, who is assigned to a branch (him and one other) of the Met Police who investigate 'unusual happenings' that may/may not involve magic. He is assisting an investigation into the disappearance of two young girls. Foxglove Summer, for me anyway, didn't quite 'get there'. And then it ended. A bit like watching a race when the leader is getting overtaken but the finishing post comes a bit too soon. I think if you've read this author's others.. it's an ok read and you'll hope his sixth one returns to form. If you haven't read Aaronovitch before, don't start with this one.. it will give you a false impression.
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I have to admit that when I read some of the reviews, complaining that the overall plot of the series wasn't progessing, I was rather concerned. However, I was fortunate enough to win a (signed!) copy of the book from the Sci-Fi Fantasy Network, and I ploughed through it in a couple of days. Firstly, I'lll say that Foxglove Summer is just as well-written as previous books in the series, perhaps even more-so. It's nice to see a focus more on Peter, rather than the duo of Peter and Nightingale, and the plot and associated mystery are really interesting. The writing continues to be fresh, crisp and well-plotted.

However, for me, the real gem of Foxglove Summer is the way it advances the overall plot of the Peter Grant books. The Faceless Man and Lesley may not be directly in the book, but we see Peter and Lesley regularly communicating; it begins as cryptic text messages, and culminates in a short, cryptic conversation that references something *major* that is going to be happening in the series in the future. We also finally get something concrete about Ettersberg - details of what happened there, and the fallout from it. I can't say anything due to major spoilers, but I am now dying for a prequel with Nightingale set in 1945.

Overall, a fantastic book and I can't wait for the sequel!
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2015
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Fifth in the 'PC Grant' series of urban fantasy novels. All about a policeman who works for a very special branch of the Metropolitan Police who deal with the supernatural.

This is not a good jumping on point, as the series has built up continuity and a detailed back story and ongoing major plotline by now. So new readers go to Rivers of London: 1 instead.

Regulars, read on.

This volume runs for three hundred and seventy four pages. It's divided into two parts. And further into sixteen chapters.

There are some bits of strong language and the very occasional adult moment.

Whilst these books are usually solidly London based, this one takes Peter Grant into different territory. A small village in Herefordshire. Where two young girls have gone missing. It should just be a routine check to see there's nothing unexplained involved. But Peter is soon in the thick of the investigation, and finding out that there are dark secrets to be discovered...

Supremely readable from the off as ever, this is pretty good at creating a different setting to it's usual ones. And in particular, a major police enquiry. As the police search for leads, anxious relatives await and hope. And the press descend like vultures desperate for any scrap of news. All this is superbly depicted and very believable.

It's a bit of a slow burner in the first part, as it seems initially that's it Peter getting a break from the ongoing main plot and what happened at the end of book four. But whilst things unfold slowly, it remains a good read. It's also well plotted enough to really grab your attention with developments at just the right points.
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