Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1) - Ben Aaronovitch 7.90   11

Also known as Midnight Riot (US title).

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.


Release date January 2011

Details updated July 26, 2022

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Peter Grant :: Series

Series contains 8 primary works and has 12 total works.

Also known as Rivers of London series.

These are the adventures of Peter Grant, Police Constable, apprentice wizard and all round nice guy, as he tries to maintain law and order amongst the more ‘special’ members of London’s population.

Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1) 7.90   11
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2) 7.34   6
Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3) 6.60   5
Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4) 7.00   3
Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant #5) 7.50   2
The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant #6) 8.00   2
Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant #7) 8.00   3
False Value (Peter Grant #8) 8.00   1
The Furthest Station 7.00   1
The October Man 7.34   3
Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection 8.00   1
What Abigail Did That Summer 7.00   1

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That story has got a nice mix of everything: a crime story in today's London, a wizard apprentice and his master, several gods and supernatural beings - it's nearly perfect. Although I'm a quite unoriented person (thanks to the people who gave us the GPS!) I liked the detailed description of London. It makes you plan your next holidays ...

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