Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4) by Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

In the new novel DC Peter Grant must head south of the river to the alien environs of Elephant and Castle. There’s a murderer abroad and, as always when Grant’s department are reluctantly called in by CID there is more than a whiff of the supernatural in the darkness.

Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch’s series has swiftly added Grant’s magical London to Rebus’ Edinburgh and Morse’s Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.

Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
What the hell did I just read? Where’s the rest of it? I need the rest of it NOW!

On a more rational note, this is another better novel of the Peter Grant series. As ever, the strength of the writing and story lies on Peter’s narration and sarcastic voice, so if that hasn’t won you over by now, don’t expect the scattered plot threads to dazzle you. If you’re invested in the long plot, however, sit back and enjoy the ride.

The story is of the slow sort and reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes in a way that doesn’t make a good mystery novel. Not in the puristic sense. Too much is hidden for the readers to piece together the puzzle for themselves and they have to wait for the genius to guide them through the intuitive steps of logical deduction.

Broken Homes also suffers from the middle book syndrome but because this is the fourth in the series let’s call it the set up syndrome. Everything, and I do mean everything is set up for bigger things to come and even the explosions at the end aren’t enough to release the underlying tension. It feels like things are going to get a lot worse before they get better and Peter needs to improve on his policing as well as his magic lessons. And fast.

When’s the next book coming out again?

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4 Responses to Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4) by Ben Aaronovitch

  1. You know, after your review I am more determined to wait for the next installment to be published. Not that I don't like the series, I do. Still I hate being suspended in the middle of the larger plot, condemned to waiting and waiting till the author manages to pen another part.

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    Eh, I was not in love with book 1

  3. Sounds like it has potential! I don't think I've heard of this series before, actually.

  4. It definitely has potential but you should start from the book one, Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot – the US title), if you want to recognize it.

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