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5.0 out of 5 stars Another readable romp through the magical Met, 25 July 2013
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This review is from: Broken Homes: The Fourth PC Grant Mystery (Hardcover)
How to sum up Ben Aaronovitch's books? They're Harry Potter crossed with The Sweeney, with a big dose of Robert Elms' delightful radio show about London thrown in....

Actually it's pretty hard to capture how much fun the Peter Grant series is for a reader. Aaronovitch's books follow the career of magically-talented Constable Peter Grant, giving total reality to a London where magic really happens, but where you may also require the very real firepower of Tactical Support Units. In "Broken Homes", a magically-tainted car crash leads PC Peter Grant to wonder if he is back on the trail of the magical overlord called the 'Faceless Man' who caused such trouble in previous outings. London's ugliest housing estate, in concretey Elephant & Castle, becomes the focus of his investigation, as he begins to wonder why the highrise is attracting quite such a lot of magically-inclined interest....

The detailed imagining of all this is totally delightful: "Broken Homes" weaves in jazz players, goblins, concrete brutalist architects, dog-fighting rings and the spirits of trees and rivers, amongst other things - there's magical hocus pocus at the same time as detailed discussion of Scotland Yard strategic targets: it sounds a strange combination, yet it all somehow seems to gel together, producing a read you will be completely sorry to finish.

The overall tone is light and enjoyable, but there's lots of wonderful sinister set pieces. It's a really perfect bit of holiday reading.

((The only thing I can possibly complain about is something I've moaned about before with these books - the detailed proof-reading. For example, without any plot spoilers, the book begins with a car crash. By page 7, the text mentions a 'dead Volvo driver' but this character is in fact alive and remains so for the rest of the book! As proved by a quick look at the flyleaf! Sorry, but the tiny details do matter in detective fiction and dear author, ANY of your big fans would be happy to read for you in proof, free, and spot this kind of thing! Happily!!))
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2013, 13:23:46 BST
Parm says:
I think it was the corsa Driver who kicks the bucket...good spot!

Posted on 25 Jul 2013, 18:54:38 BST
Yeah, I reckon you're right Parm in that the Corsa driver is killed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I have to say that the ending caught me off guard even though I have read A Song of Ice and Fire too many times. Good review as well.

Posted on 28 Jul 2013, 20:05:35 BST
K. Gibson says:
I noticed that error too. Yup it deffo was the driver of the Corsa and he went in a nasty way as is expected a-la Aaronovitch.

Posted on 11 Aug 2013, 12:23:01 BST
D. Harris says:
Nice review. Just started reading this, I agree that the portrayal of a magical London is perfect - just the right blend of the weird and the ordinary.
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