- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575097604
- ISBN-13: 978-0575097605
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Told in a narrative voice that seasons laconic humour with a dash of cynicism, the novel is fascinated with the geography and history of London. It is a rich formula with a bittersweet ending. Terrific entertainment and ripe for a series." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH "Moon Over Soho is easily as good as its predecessor, but with added jazz. Moon Over Soho is a truly fun read, although it is somewhat darker than its predecessor, and it is also very much an adult book." THE BOOK ZONE "Moon Over Soho is highly readable and hugely enjoyable. Definitely a book not to miss!" LOVEVAMPIRES.COM "The climax is both exhilarating and emotionally affecting, a sign again that Aaronovitch's skills with character will be what bring people back to this series." SF REVIEWS "I'm pleased say I loved this one just as much as the first book, I love Peter's incisive and often humorous commentary on police procedures, London itself, and the fantasy word he now inhabits, it makes the book so much fun to read. One of the other things that comes though strongly is not just Peter's but also Ben Aaronovitch's love of the capital." BART'S BOOKSHELF "I enjoyed Moon Over soho immensely. I look forward to the next installment in Peter Grant's rise to the ranks of professional Wizardry." British Fantasy Society
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Ben Aaronovitch's work reflects his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the 'Capital of the World', where he was born and raised. He works as a London bookseller when he is not writing novels and TV scripts.
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PC Grant (actually now DPC, for Detective Police Constable), continues to study wizardry even while serving as the junior half of the London Metropolitan Police Force's smallest division, that which is charged with dealing with paranormal violators of the Queen's Peace. In Moon over Soho, he and his supervisor, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, are confronted with two cases, one involving a possible rogue wizard, and another a statistical anomaly-- too many jazz musicians are dying of apparently natural causes shortly after playing gigs.
With DCI Nightingale still on sick leave from an injury (suffered in Midnight Riot) and his best friend on the force (a relationship he would have liked to see deepen) DPC Leslie May recuperating from an attack that left her in need of multiple facial surgeries, PC Grant is pretty much on his own in the No investigations, although he gets some help from the self-proclaimed Jazz Irregulars, named with a nod to the Baker Street Irregulars, and from the beautiful, sexy Simone Fitzwilliam.
This book, like its predecessor, is made better by things not directly connected to the plot-- his scathing, funny comments about the joys of British architecture in the 1960s, his knowledge of English police procedure and regulations (listening to Constable Grant spouting regulations at his much superior officer is almost worth the price of the book!), and his voluminous knowledge of jazz history. The fact that Grant is a mixed race officer-- his father is a white jazz musician, his mother an immigrant from Sierra Leone-- is not made as much of as in the previous book, but is still integral to understanding his character and motivations. The only possible complaint I can imagine is that American readers may have trouble understanding some of the jargon and the abbreviations used for different parts of the police, fire and ambulance units, for example. It can all be understood in context, however. A real advantage that Aaronovitch has is that he's published by a major publishing company, Penguin/Random House. That means that unlike the case of many independent authors in the Amazon/Kindle system, his work is gone over by professional editors and copy editors, leaving a flawless product. Aaronovitch has a real gift-- I look forward to the next in this series (which I'll probably buy right after pushing "submit"!).
The novels in Ben Aaronovitch's "PC Peter Grant" (or "Rivers of London") series are:
1. Midnight Riot (PC Peter Grant Book 1)
2. Moon Over Soho (PC Peter Grant Book 2)
3. Whispers Under Ground (PC Peter Grant Book 3)
4. Broken Homes (PC Peter Grant Book 4)
5. Foxglove Summer (PC Peter Grant Book 5)
6. The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London)
However, I really did not like the constant tour and history lesson featured in the book. The author loves London and knows his fair share, but little of it played into the plot for me. There were some instances that were interesting, but overall, it felt more like padding the book for a word count than adding to anything.
AND it is barely a book. What is in here was setting up something cool that you didn't really get until the last 100 pages. This book felt like the world was being created and built for the next book!
The plot of this book follows a series of deaths of Jazz musicians that have some sort of magical component. Grant is investigating the deaths when the lover of one of the musicians seduces him. He does some learning.
The first book was really cool and I liked portions of this book, but it needed more. The plot was lacking alot for me.
What you want to know is "is this book better than, worse than, or just like the first one". Well, it's significantly better. The overall (multi-book) story-arch takes shape, the current book's case is better written and more interesting, the world building evolves nicely.
The audiable narration is the same as the last book. It really adds at least 1 star to the books - just because it's so good and adds the right "ambiance". If you're the kind of person who listens to books - you have to get this one.