Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant Series #2)

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Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body-a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.Body and soul-they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of ...

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Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body-a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.Body and soul-they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace-one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard "Lord" Grant-otherwise known as Peter's dear old dad.

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The first clue was that the corpse was emitting music; "Body and Soul" to be specific, but whatever it was, London constable/sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant knew that there was something undeniably supernatural about the murder of jazz drummer Cyrus Wilkins. As that tune echoes in the air, Grant and his wizard supervisor embark on an evocative venture into things not quite right. A refreshingly original mass market original.

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"Fresh and exciting and an absolute must buy." —-Saxon Bullock, SFX Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452640082
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Series: Peter Grant Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Aaronovitch is a London-born writer who has worked on television series including Doctor Who, Casualty, Jupiter Moon, and Dark Knight. He is the author of Midnight Riot, Moon Over Soho, Rivers of London, and Whispers Under Ground. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a Ghanaian-born, British actor who has appeared on stage, screen, and television, including Sorry, I've Got No Head, Little Britain, and Sirens. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. His audiobook narrations include Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna.

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I've always supplemented my nutritious and tasty science fiction and fantasy reading with a healthy dose of crime, and ever since I can remember I've always rooted for the detectives. For me Clarice Starling was the star of Silence of the Lambs, not Hannibal Lector, and while I find the antics of Elmore Leonard's myriad lowlifes amusing I always hanker for the moment when the heavy hand of the law lands on their shoulder and the cuffs go on. In short, my subgenre of choice is what's known as the police procedural, or as the French call it, le policier.

The undisputed king of American procedurals is Evan Hunter, writing under the name of Ed McBain. If you wanted to know the single biggest influence on the Peter Grant books (Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho, with a third coming this fall), it would be his 87th Precinct novels, which started with Cop Hater in 1956 and continued until Hunter's death in 2005. I challenge anyone to find a fantasy world as lovingly and meticulously created as the unnamed imaginary city in which the 87th Precinct novels take place, and certainly no braver heroes in song and story than the working stiffs who solve the mysteries.

One thing I always remember about the novels is that they contain official-looking forms and interrogation transcripts illustrating police procedure. Under this influence I went forth and delved into the arcane and Byzantine world of London's Metropolitan Police Service, with its AWARE terminals and HOLMES 2 computer systems, the HAT car, MISPERs, FATACs, and every copper's friend, the Evidence and Action Book, which contains all the forms you absolutely have to have filled in before you can book your suspect into the custody suite – even if they're a werewolf.

The 87th Precinct series is also why Peter Grant isn't "the chosen one" or the uniquely gifted child of two warring races, it's why he doesn't have a Maori tattoo and why he carries a standard Metropolitan Police extendable baton, not a katana. It's why he's a hardworking flat-foot who sometimes is deadly afraid when he walks down those mean streets, and yet still does his duty because it's his job and he swore an oath.

I like to think that Detective 2nd Grade Steve Carella and the rest of the boys in the bullpen back at the old 87th would have approved.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Solid Second Book

    Fast paced and very enjoyable second book to the series. Peter Grant gets in over his head when he starts to investigate the mysterious deaths of several jazz musicians. There are new and interesting characters to meet, but favorite character from the first book are not ignored. London is still a lovingly detailed backdrop to Peter's investigation. The magic elements are starting to develop in fascinating ways. If you liked the first book, you'll want to read this one, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    A good read

    The sequel to Midnight Riot. I greatly enjoyed it and handed the book over to my wife so she could enjoy some of the scenes. I look forward to more stories in this series and will keep an eye out for more books by Ben Aaronovitch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Not up there on my list with a series like Jim Butcher's The Dre

    Not up there on my list with a series like Jim Butcher's The Dresden File, but I enjoyed this second book and I look forward to reading the third. I hope Peter learns more magic a little faster in the next book.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    Love love love this series! Cannot wait to read whatever comes n

    Love love love this series! Cannot wait to read whatever comes next and whatever else Ben Aaronovitch writes.
    Touring through Peter Grant's London is highly excellent. This time it's through the jazz scene, the magical jazz scene. There are beasties out there and it's up to Peter to sort them out since his mentor, Nightengale, is supposed to be resting up after being shot and Peter's partner, Leslie, is recovering from magical injuries.
    Someone is killing jazz musicians and they look like natural deaths, but Peter and Nightengale know better.

    Such a FAB book! More please and soonest, Ben!!

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