Monday, 23 February 2015

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Rivers of London 5: Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch

Release Date: 13/11/14
Publisher:  Gollancz


In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm...Sales for BROKEN HOMES in trade leapt by 50% over WHISPERS UNDER GROUND, confirming that Ben Aaronovitch is an author with an unrivalled eye for a bestselling story.


The latest from Ben and of course one that continues on the success of the series that gave Britain its own unique flavour of magician far from the usual type that readers may expect. Add to this police themes, dealings with the supernatural and of course a heavily undermanned unit to deal with that aspect and all round the reader in is for a treat.

Back this up with a trip out of the big smoke, a set of new mysteries for our lead cop to investigate upon his own with the help of a certain London River and I was more than happy with the title. Back this up with an arc that just keeps on giving, allowing he reader to get a fuller flavour of Ben’s wonderful world and you know full well that you really have to give this series a go.

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