Review: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

The Hanging Tree is the sixth novel in the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. I thought it was the last in the series, but luckily I was wrong.

Plot:

Peter is back in London and finds himself assigned to a case of accidental overdose. There doesn’t seem to be anything ‘Folly’ related about the case, until it becomes clear one of the witnesses is the daughter of Lady Ty. Goddess of River Tyburn. Sister of his girlfriend Beverly Brook. And she’s going to cash in that favour he owes her for saving his life when he was buried alive.
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Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Foxglove Summer is the fifth book in the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch, and I believe the first book in which Peter spends the majority of his time not in London.

Plot:

As the events of the last book have left Peter shaken, he jumps at the chance to spend some time outside of London. Unfortunately, the case he’s assisting on is a dark one: two pre-teen girls have gone missing in rural Herefordshire. There’s no indication that there might be magic involved, but that doesn’t stop for Peter from worrying. Time is running out.

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Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes is book number four in Ben Aaronovitch’s PC Peter Grant series. This book differs from the previous three in structure; Peter is working on several cases at once, and they’re not all related. In fact, there’s only two that are truly related to the magical parts of London.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is called in when the cops find blood they can’t account for at a traffic accident. Their prime suspect is one Robert Weil, one of the apprentices of the original Faceless Man. There’s blood, but where’s the body? A man jumps in front of a train, but the circumstances are odd. Jaget Kumar shows Peter the footage, and they agree there was magical interference. Meanwhile, a stolen book on magic turns up, but hasn’t been reported stolen. It used to belong to Erik Stomberg, a German architect who happened to design one of the most infamous landmarks in London people have been trying to demolish for years. A grandfather injures himself during his granddaughter’s birthday party, while trying to create a werelight. Very few of these cases seem to be related, yet Peter can’t help but feel the Faceless Man has come back into play.

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Review: Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

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Whispers Underground is the third book in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. I devoured this book in little more than a day.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is called to the Underground while pursuing a lead about the wizard who’d tried to kill him during his previous adventure, and when he gets there he’s greeted by the terrible sight of a man stabbed to death. Though he doesn’t pick up any magical residue from the body, he does from what they assume to be the murder weapon. A shard of some kind of ceramic. With the help of his mentor Nightingale, his now fellow student PC Lesley May whose face is still ruined, the Murder Team and a strange bloke named Zach who is more than he lets on, Peter descends into the tunnels of the London underground and the sewers. All while being followed by a pesky FBI agent who has pegged him as suspicious.

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Review: Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

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Moon over Soho is the second book in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is back and as doggedly as ever. A jazz musician dies of ‘natural causes’, but the magical signature the body gives off, tells him and doctor Wallid there’s something strange afoot. A journalist is horribly murdered by having his penis bitten off. Two separate cases that Grant has to solve, while his mentor Nightingale and his friend Lesley are still recovering from their ordeals connected to his previous cases, his father is getting back into the jazz scene, and a voluptuous woman enters his life.

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