BODY AND SOUL
The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body — a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.
Body and soul — they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace — one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant — otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.
Ben Denis Aaronovitch (born 1964) is a London-born British writer who has worked on television series including Doctor Who, Casualty, Jupiter Moon and Dark Knight. He is the son of the late economist and Communist Sam Aaronovitch, younger brother of actor Owen Aaronovitch and British journalist David Aaronovitch.
As well as writing the Doctor Who serials Remembrance of the Daleks and Battlefield, he has also written three spin-off novels in the Virgin Publishing New Adventures range, a new Bernice Summerfield novel and several short stories for Big Finish Productions. He created the ongoing Doctor Who character Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart, who has never appeared in the television series, but has appeared in various spin-offs. He is currently working as lead writer and script editor on the audio revival of the classic British space opera Blake's 7.
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