Rivers of London, a supernatural London series by Ben Aaronovitch

One of the delights of reading is the ability to re-visit old favourites. Books that envelope you like an old friend; vaguely familiar but with the excitement of forgotten memories. I’ve found myself lately turning to a few old comforts, such as the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. A beguiling mix of the supernatural, crime-fighting and unusual personifications of London, the series is now onto the fifth installment – safe in my hot little hands.

Peter Grant is your average Central London PC; street-wise, loves his
curries, beer and football but not so great at concentrating on the
finer detail. It just so happens that one day he takes a statement “from
a man who was already dead but still disturbingly voluble.” Little does he realise the chain of fate that will lead him to join a very special until of the Met Police, specialising in the
unexplainable and are called to cases that can’t solved with ordinary

 Rivers of London, a supernatural London series by Ben Aaronovitch

I really enjoyed the clever mix of life in London with
a supernatural twist. The characters are flawed and funny – narrated by
Peter Grant, it feels that as a character he begins to find himself,
instead of being banished the drudgery of the paperwork based ‘Case
Progression Unit’ and finds a niche in which to use his unique
perspective on the world. As a result of this ‘awareness’ he is
approached by a fairly secretive branch of the Met Police, and he begins
to train as a magician because as the character says “I want in Sir,
I’ve got to know.” I think I would do the same.

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As he begins the process of discovering there is much more to
London than thought, we begin to know the
secondary characters of Lesley (a fellow copper) and Nightingale (arcane teacher). London itself is almost a character in the novel,
and as a card-carrying antipodean, this was one of my favourite aspects
of the book – not to mention the personifications of the London Rivers. It
took me a couple of chapters to get into it, much like Terry Pratchett
when I was younger, but once I was hooked, that was it.

 Rivers of London, a supernatural London series by Ben Aaronovitch

Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London 2)

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 Another installment of The Rivers of London series, we follow London
Bobby Constable Grant as he gets futher into his education, and tackles
cases – or rather ends up stumbling upon them. He is called to the city
morgue, where a body contains an imprint of a jazz song – something
isn’t right.

Rivers of London, a supernatural London series by Ben Aaronovitch

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

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.)

Rivers of London, a supernatural London series by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes (Rivers of London 4): Ben Aaronovitch

The fourth installation of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London Series,
Broken Homes is set South of the Thames, was a much awaited book in my
household and had a clanger of a cliffhanger that has left me wanting

Rivers of London, a supernatural London series by Ben Aaronovitch

a great commuting and travel read, and nice for something out of the
ordinary (even compared to usual Fantasy books). The researching seems
to be spot on, but doesn’t overwelm and dry out the plotlines; and the many insights
to the world of London Bobbies are very quick witted.