Whispers Underground – Reading Recommendation

You know when you’re standing on the Bakerloo Line, it’s late at night and you hear that weird noise that you can’t work out what it is? Well, it’s not the right time or situation to be reading this book whilst you are there, not once you begin the book. (Oh, yeah and personal safety as well kids.)

Whispers Underground is the third in the Rivers of London Series, preceeded by Rivers of London and Moon over Soho, all following the adventures of London Bobby, Constable Peter Grant one of the two members of a very special until of the Met Police. They specialise in the unexplainable, and are called to cases that can’t solved with ordinary policing.

“Actually I’d always thought he [Nightingale] sat in the library with a slim volume of metaphysical poetry until the commissioner called him on the bat phone and summoned him into action. Holy paranormal activity, Nightingale – to the Jag mobile.”  

This is just developing the great elements from previous books; Great one-liners between Peter and Lesley, London Police work and a cheeky overlay of the supernatural. This book takes Peter Grant even deeper into the tube, down down town and through a developing work ethic, some pretty thorough procedural work.

Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London 3): Ben Aaronovitch

Whispers Underground is my favourite book of the series so far, and that’s no mean feat when writing as much like a band’s first single, the first novel can be years in the making and so every aspect is considered a hundred ways. Subsequent novels in a series can be a little underbaked due to the quick time taken to get them on the shelves.

“Oi,” I shouted “Police! What do you think you’re doing?” It’s traditional.

They turned and stared as I ran at them – there was a big one and a skinny one – that was also traditional.

Why should you read this? It’s fun, funny and really hard to put down. Even more exciting? The fourth book is coming out on the 25th July, woohoo!

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