Facts:

  • Book: Moon Over Soho
  • Author: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Genre: Fiction (Mystery / Fantasy)
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Read 288-page paperback edition in November 2012.

Book Description: This is book 2 in Aaronovitch’s series following British detective Peter Grant, who is assigned to the 2-person unit of the London Metropolitan Police that investigates strange cases involving the magical underworld.  In this book, Grant must determine who or what is behind killings in the Soho district, and who or what is so obsessed with jazz musicians that they are killing these people at an alarming rate.

Book Review: I had not read the first book of this series for over a year, so I was worried I would not have a lot of the backstory to fully understand and appreciate this second book.  Thankfully, this book is mostly a standalone novel that you don’t necessarily need to read book one (although it helps).  The author does a great job of weaving mystery, fantasy, police procedural themes, and a lot of humour into the story, and they all intermingle and interplay in a nice way.  Ben Aaronovitch has done a great job with creating strong characters in his lead, Peter Grant, as well as his boss, Inspector Nightingale, as well as some other unique characters like the mysterious housekeeper to Nightingale and new secondary characters for this book.  The villains for this book are appropriately mysterious as we work with Grant to uncover the magical underbelly of the story.  The one downside was that there was a lot of predictability related to some of the plot, especially related to Grant’s love interest for this book.  Overall though, a great story and a great fusion of mystery, fantasy, crime, and humour.

Overall: 4 stars out of 5

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