Book 2 in the Rivers of London series, from Sunday Times Number One bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch.
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.
Praise for the Rivers of London novels:
'Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there more than the real London'
'As brilliant and funny as ever'
'Charming, witty, exciting'
'An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups'
Discover why this incredible series has sold over two million copies around the world. If you're a fan of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams - don't panic - you will love Ben Aaronovitch's imaginative, irreverent and all-round irresistible novels.
Quite good for a follow up
I enjoyed this second outing for PC Grant and Inspector Nightingale. I thought the story was original and engaging but I found it frustrating that one investigation seemed to have been dropped two thirds of the way through with no further mention of it in the book at all. I'm not sure if this is because it's being lined up for the next book (provided there's to be another one) or whether it's just being dropped. But I would have liked to have some reference to where that particular case is going. Some loose ends were dealt with such as why Nightingale is so old etc but they were hastily dealt with and felt a little rushed. All in all though, it's a good book, especially as a follow up to a particularly successful first title. Some aspects would have been better as they felt a little rushed but this is certainly worth a read and I'd still recommend it to others.
Does not disappoint
Excellent second book that builds superbly on the first. Some old faces make a brief return but there is plenty of new blood to keep the story moving at a steady pace. At this rate book three should be an absolute cracker, but the wait is going to be excruciating.
Another intriguing and fascinating story
Highly enjoyable magical adventure through London and her history, with some Jazz thrown in.