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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 July 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005D7IKVQ
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At my age (72) it is increasingly hard to find novels that I actually want to read, and even harder to find novels which I don't give up on after perhaps 50 pages. But this one works all right.
Provided, of course, you know what to expect, and like what you are led to expect. For this is one of those cross-genre books. It's part police-procedural, part fantasy (since it's about magic, and we don't believe in magic, do we? Oh, really?), and part literary; the latter because, for a police constable of modest background and educational attainments, our hero is remarkably erudite. Oh, and there's a wide streak of humour running all the way through it -- humour of that black kind which police officers, A&E doctors, and ambulance men, develop into order to protect themselves from the horrible things they have to deal with.
Fortunately, this is number two in a series, so you can go back and start with number one before getting stuck into this one. And the only thing wrong with a series such as this is that the fact that, as my dear old Mum used to say, they don't write them fast enough.
The prose is light and manageable, the characters outstanding and all in the overall arc is one that will lead the readers to demanding a new title sooner rather than later as Peter and Nightingales own Sith seem to be emerging from the background. All in, this book has been very cleverly done which when added to a wonderful reading experience made this a title that was very hard to put down. If there's only one new author you try this year in the Urban Fantasy genre, make it Aaronovitch, the skills and pace will leave you wondering exactly what spell he's woven within these pages.
On the whole, I think it had the same strengths and weaknesses as the first book.
The positives were a clever and internally consistent system of magic, an engaging and fully fleshed out hero and well-developed supporting characters, and a dry and very British humour reminiscent of early Terry Pratchett.
What worked less well for me, in both the first book but perhaps more so in this instalment, was the plot, which felt very convoluted and just didn't quite seem to hang together quite right. There are hints of a deeper underlying plot arc, but for the moment, it still feels quite episodic. In the case of this book, I also found a new character - half love interest, half potential suspect - significantly less compelling than most of the cast. I found the hero's reactions to her unrealistic, and it almost dulled my adoration of him.
Overall then, I'm still enjoying the series and will definitely read the next one at some point, but I'm finding myself frustrated with the way it's not quite living up to its initial promise or to some of the flashes of brilliance sprinkled through the plot. I was torn between 3 stars or 4, and have erred on the side of generosity, possibly swayed by the introduction of an evil wizard tutor at Magdalen, my old Oxford college!
In the first volume, Grant is wrapped up in a fairly horrific little mystery that involves dark magic and people's faces falling in. The second volume starts with the same promise: someone out there is doing something nasty (and magical). Grant needs to solve it. This time around it is also more personal. The naughty-maker is offing jazz musicians, and Grant's dad is one of the best in the business. Although he's always been wary of it, Grant finds himself easily absorbed into the jazz scene. He finds friends (and ladyfriends) and indulges himself in a little second-hand fame due to his father's reputation. These new contacts prove valuable when it comes to snooping about in the dark and spicy Soho underworld.
Just to keep things interesting, there's also something out there eating people's anatomy. Eep.
The balance here is between plot and meta-plot. One of the cases above is a fairly transparent whodunnit. I'm not the savviest mystery reader, but I found absolutely no mystery in whoactuallyddunnit. The only detection was trying to suss if Grant was being particularly thick or if he actually knew all along and was stringing us along for extra overtime pay. This case is the book's self-contained plot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moon Over Soho is the second book in the wonderful Peter Grant series, and it’s just as delightfully interesting as the first. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Siobhan
Compulsive reading. Great characters and a superb plot. I would recommend it to anyone that loves quirky, funny, magical booksPublished 4 days ago by Paul William Courtley
I read this straight after Rivers of London and I actually preferred it to the original. I flew through it - always a good signPublished 5 days ago by felicity rothwell
Really entertaining, well written, witty, gritty... couldn't put it down! I don't usually read "crime" books, but this is crime with a difference... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sestra
Moon Over Soho was a lot like its predecessor Rivers of London with just the right balance of humour and seriousness. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Alice | Raptureinbooks
Now on to the fourth book of the series, and its some of the best stuff I've ever read! Its plots is well written, its witty and very addictive! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mr. Ryan M. A. Mills
This series isn't working for me. The narrator's wit, in its incessant constancy, is starting to wear incredibly thin, and while it keeps the narrative light I want something with... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Richard Wright