Friday 30 June 2017

Aaronovitch, Ben "Broken Homes"

Aaronovitch, Ben "Broken Homes" (Rivers of London 4) - 2013

Number 4 in the "Rivers of London" series, a crime story with wizards. Not my usual genre but I enjoy reading about London and the story is not too bad. But, as is the case with most crime stories, there is not much to talk about without giving away too much.

However, if you do want to read this, please start with the first novel in the series, "Rivers of London".

From the back cover:
 "A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer?
Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.
So far so London.
But then Peter gets 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.
Is there a connection?
And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?"

The whole series:
"Rivers of London" - 2011
"Moon over Soho" - 2011
"Whispers Under Ground" - 2012
"Broken Homes" - 2013
"Foxglove Summer" - 2014
"The Hanging Tree" - 2016

I found a good site about this series: The Follypedia.


  1. This series sounds entertaining, especially because of the addition of magic. I am working my way through too many mystery series at this time to add another but I will keep this one on a list for the future. I think my favorite book with magicians in it is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke.

    1. Even though I'm not much into fantasy or mystery, I did enjoy Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, it had a sort of Dickensian feel to it.

      If you do like this sort of literature, I can only recommend it, Londno and the river Thames feature in it a lot.

      Happy Reading,