Saturday, May 3, 2014

Book Review: Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3) by Ben Aaronovitch

Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)

Synopsis: Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And its just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't officially exist. A department that if you described it to most people, would get you laughed at. And then there's his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn't his fault but still.
Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it. 

Yet another enjoyable romp through London with Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard. This time we follow Peter as he investigates a murder in the London Underground. 

I really liked how Lesley was back in action in this installment. She wasn't really in the last book and I can't tell you why or else I'll spoil the first book. Lesley has joined Peter at the folly, is learning magic, and generally being her bad-ass self. All while trying to keep Peter out of trouble. 

One of my favorite new characters in this series is the half-human, half-goblin Zachary Palmer. I know exactly who should play him in the TV series:
 Andrew Lee Potts, famous for playing Hatter in the miniseries, Alice

To be honest, this isn't my favorite book in the Peter Grant series. It it still a really fun read and not to be missed for Peter Grant fans. I guess I was hoping for another appearance by the Faceless Man. There are traces of him in the book but he never actually shows his face (or rather, non-face). It is strongly hinted towards the end that he will feature more prominently in the next book, which I will be reading/reviewing next.

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