2015 · 3 Stars · Adult · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Mystery

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.


So I didn’t love or hate this book. It was kind of blah for me. I loved the writing, I loved the setting, and I loved the idea. But I just couldn’t seem to get hooked. I know I am going to have issues when I can read half of the book and then put it down for a few days without wanting to pick it back up again.

The writing style was fast paced, informative, and full of personality. There were a few times that I have to go back and re-read a few pages dealing with parts that concerned the history behind the magic.

The setting was beautifully detailed. And each character was unique in their own way. I did think that some of the secondary characters could have used a little bit more depth to them.

I was very happy with the idea behind the book, and I wanted to love it so much. I mean come on, who doesn’t love a little magic to spice up their world?

2 thoughts on “Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

  1. I had pretty similar feelings towards this book. And, as you say, the detail in describing London is very accurate and puts you right there. But for some reason it didn’t excite me; it was just ok. And, unfortunately, I felt more or less the same about the sequel. So I will continue with the series, but I’ll keep getting them from the library 🙂


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