Midnight Riot

Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A bit of a mix of a police procedural set in modern London, but with magic and ghosts. We have a new London constable who discovers he can see ghosts and is immediately recruited by the magical division of the Metropolitan Police. He begins learning how to do magic, while helping to solve a murder in London’s theatre district. Peter is mixed race, street-wise, pragmatic, but curious about things, and he has a wry sense of humor. DCI Nightingale is enigmatic, and who knows how old he really is. London itself is a strong element of the story – lots of slang. My main criticism is that I’m not at all sure what the sub-plot of the river gods and goddesses has to do with anything. There were several times in the story that I felt like I had missed something and didn’t really know what was going on. He also had a tendency to explain too much about things to his audience. Otherwise, I thought this was a riot (pun intended.) Nice world building, believable, fast-paced, and great understated sense of humor. I look forward to the next book.

Book description: Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.