I started Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch the day I finished Rivers of Blood, the first book in the series, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The second book follows Peter Grant’s progress as an apprentice wizard and reveals more about his family background as he investigates a series of supernatural deaths of musicians. We learn more about Chief Inspector Nightingale and the magic community in the UK and are treated to more nuggets of information about London and interesting snippets of jazz history. Despite being arrested himself, a mad cap chase through central London, almost being killed by a rogue magician and a surprisingly sad ending Peter retains his sense of humour and continues his quirky commentary on modern British life.
I preferred this book to the first because the supernatural elements, although equally bizarre, are more in keeping with the premise of the book that such supernatural activities have always taken place within society but not everyone has been aware of them. Whereas spirits inciting a riot outside the Royal Opera and destroying Covent Garden with fire and floods in the first book do not fit so well with this unobtrusive coexistence theory.
It won’t surprise you to learn that I have already started reading the third book in the series.
Again the cover has been taken from Stephen Walters ‘The Island’.