Author(s): Ben Aaronovitch
My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame -- whatever that is.
Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen's Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast. With the new year, I have three main objectives, a) pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC, b) work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai, an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice, is supposed to be, and most importantly, c) get through the year without destroying a major landmark.
Two out of three isn't bad, right?
A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man -- a man whose previous encounters I've barely survived. I've also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.
But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there's a connection to the Crawley case, I'll be entering some tricky waters of juristiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.
Just the typical day for a magician constable.
Broken Homes is the 4th and most recent in the wonderful ‘Rivers of London’ supernatural-meets-police-procedural crime series. Several strange deaths, a magical grimoire, and a super-conducting council estate keep PC Peter Grant, his fellow trainee wizard Lesley, and their superior, the enigmatic and ever-cool Nightingale on their toes. All while they are tracking super-villain and chimera-maker, The Faceless Man. If you're keen to start this funny and innovative series, try Rivers of London first. - Lucy
I’ve continued to read Ben Aaronovich’s ‘Rivers of London’ series - it’s brilliant - with Broken Homes, the fourth in the series, being one of the best so far: funny, quirky and brilliantly observed. Extremely entertaining. - Sarah
From the author of RIVERS OF LONDON - the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling PC Peter Grant series returns with something dark south of the river...
For all the murder and mayhem, this is a darkly comic read with characters you can't help but like. THE SUNDAY EXPRESS
Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the Capital of the World. He worked as a bookseller before writing tie-in novels and TV scripts. He used to write for DOCTOR WHO.