Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)
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Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  7,055 ratings  ·  820 reviews

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than any...more
Mass Market Paperback, 418 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2012)
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"Was it better to die in happy ignorance or terrified knowledge? The answer, if you’re a Londoner, is that it’s better not to die at all."
This series does what most urban fantasies avoid¹ - it seamlessly integrates the 'urban' and the 'fantastical' parts, creating a lovely well-crafted enjoyable reading experience that remains grounded in reality, with just the right touch of whimsy to keep it moving along, *nothing to see here*. (Don't you just loooove my pathetic attempts at police humor? Wai...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Apr 09, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone who loves detective fantasy

Well, I was going to work on my paper today. But then this arrived in the mail, hardcover & signed, direct from London. How could I resist? Within pages I was chuckling aloud, but also relishing the developing feeling of danger.

I can tell you now what will happen. Someday, I'm going to plan a trip to London, and like a complete book nerd, I will attempt to trace down the steps Peter Grant takes in solving these cases. Yes, the books are that good, and the only things hindering my complete un...more
Oh, these books are just so much fun. I doubt I will ever stop reading them. The mysteries confuse me (and are mostly forgettable), I still don’t really understand how the magic works (and neither does the main character), and I really have no idea where this is all going. But I enjoy every minute of these books and most of all, this character.

What a witty, likable, self-deprecating, fully-realized character Ben Aaronovitch has created here. I could spend hours just reading his random asides abo...more
Damn, I love this series. And damn I love these characters – -Peter, Lesley, Molly, Nightengale and even the little dog Toby. Rarely does an urban fantasy book feel new.

There is something so easy going but yet scary about the world Mr. Aaronovitch has created. It is layers of normal society on top of layers of an unknown magical community. These communities co-exist and sometimes collide. This story begins right off from where Moon Over Soho left off. Lesley and Peter (Why do I want to type Rob...more
Peter Grant is back: junior policeman on the Metropolitan Force, apprentice wizard and sarcastic jokester. Welcomew to the magical murder mystery tour of London, starting in Hugh Grant's and Julia Robert's favorite neighborhood of Notting Hill but going mostly to the sunken tunnels of a labyrinthine subway system going back to the nineteen century. If in the previous novel, we had a glimpse of Soho nightlife and at the Jazz scene, in this episode we will focus on modern art, small street boutiqu...more
Lois Bujold
The advantage of being a semiretired adult is that there is nobody around who can force one to stop reading and go to sleep. The disadvantage of same is the four hours of daylight left that one confronts when crawling out of bed the next afternoon...

This series, surer now perhaps of its survival to the end of the broadcast season, seems to be settling in for a good run. More lavish invention with Peter, Lesley, Thomas, the Folly, and of course London. I am happy with this; not for me the readerl...more
If Peter Grant was a real guy I would go to London and stalk him for a week just because he's so awesome! :)

No seriously, this is the best in the series so far, and I really enjoyed the first two. I'm not a huge fan of London for lots of reasons but I swear this series is changing my mind. The way Aaronovitch talks about the history of the city and how it developed and he slides in that British humour and I find myself wishing I was in London to go visit the places he's talking about!

Not only i...more
Whispers Under Ground is the third book in a series. I'd definitely recommend starting at the beginning for anyone interested in this series - the book largely assumes that the reader is familiar with the characters and at least some of the previous events. There isn't a huge amount of direct plot continuity, but without reading Rivers of London and Moon Over Soho first, you'll probably find this book quite bewildering.

So, Peter Grant, the Constable working on uncanny / weird / magical stuff for...more
The Flooze
It’s early days yet for Peter Grant, as I realise with this book that the series only covers 12 months so far. But, oh, how much the DC has learned in that short span of time.

Peter is a remarkably relatable character. His tone is easy-going, but his inner monologue assures us he’s appropriately horrified at certain things he witnesses. He’s a very aware and accepting sort of person, using logic to prevent his mind from shutting out possibilities. He attributes much of this to his scientific ben...more
This time Peter is going underground and the Americans are involved. Can’t be good. Luckily the American element is much more limited than the blurb would suggest, and like before the city steals the spotlight. London is a character in itself here.

The long plot continues, the characters evolve, and the incidental murder mystery plays a slightly bigger role this time. There’s less of magical apprentice work and more of good old fashioned legwork for Peter.

Although as a Finn, I had to take the d...more
4½ stars

It doesn't normally take me this long to get through urban fantasy. The book just got away from me. Literally.

A better review is posted at Wordpress and Booklikes.
A somewhat inconsequential book that thoroughly convinced me of the deep consequence of this series.

Well, okay, a stepping stone book. One of those that doesn’t overtly advance the arc, but instead peels off for a side adventure with occasional flickers of bigger things, and you get the sense that you’ll be looking back in three or four books and going “ah, I see,” even though right now it doesn’t feel like much.

But the thing is, I came out the other side completely convinced that this series is...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong. Failing to provide a sitewide announcement is wrong. Failing to address users' very legitimate concern over the s...more
Oct 28, 2012 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: sci fi-fantasy-mystery readers
Peter Grant is back, this time allowed to do a bit more on his own as Nightingale (his wizard boss) is busy looking for the Faceless Man from the past episode. Peter has packed his sarcasm--check, wit--check, beginning level wizard spells--check. And magic and death stalk the London Underground.

This may be the best episode yet, with the most cohesive story. A background mythology is definitely continuing to grow and it's amazing. What a fertile mind Aaronovitch has, like myth makers of old.

Tim "The Enchanter"
My #3 Favorite read of 2013

A Spectacular 5 Stars

The best book in the series so far! I continue to the sing the praises the British Apprentice Wizard.

I am continuing to enjoy how Peter Grant continues to explore magic through the eye of science. This brings a refreshing and original take to magic in UF. As usual, intellect rules the day. Peter's magic skills slowly grow, the magic serves as a secondary player in his investigations.

We are again graced with the presence of Lesley, the hard nose...more
Cherry Mischievous

I think this series is growing on me. The more books I read on this series, the more interesting it becomes. I think I'm on my way to becoming a die-hard fan! The story telling quality is becoming funnier and more compelling to me too.... Does this book has some sort of spell or something?!

I wasn't quite sure if Ben Aaronovitch named the organization that DCI Thomas Nightingale and PC Peter Grant is a member of other than that it is called the ECD 9 of the Met Police. Anyhow, an explana...more
Ben Aaronovitch clearly has it in for me *personally*. Every time I'm nearly 100% head-over-heels taken with the book, but something ends up bouncing me out, or making me really cranky, and it's much more frustrating than a book you just don't think is that great. This is - I think objectively - probably the strongest in the series, and has all the things that are wonderful in the previous books, plus the "under ground". I was about to put a status update almost crying with the happy when Peter...more
**edited 11/28/13

If you like urban fantasy and you haven't yet tried this series, do so. Now. The first book is Midnight Riot. Go find it. You'll thank me later. If you haven't read the first two in the series, don't read my review. It doesn't contain any spoilers for this book, but no promises about the previous two.
It's nearly Christmas, but Peter Grant, intrepid copper and trainee wizard, has been thrown into a case that is definitely lacking in holiday cheer. An American student has been mur...more
Jesse Adler
It's a lost art - book buying. I wince even as I type that - like I'm personally killing books by saying it. But if not lost today then soon. Ebooks are great and do make life easier, yet they just aren't the same. But they are changing the reading/writing/publishing game. Getting a kindle was a bitter sweet moment in my life. You see I'm a book geek. Always have been. I love to touch them, leaf through them, smell them. I also love to feel their covers. I'm not proud of it but I just can't brin...more
Shehreyar Khan
The only reason I'm giving this a 4/5 and not a 5/5 is because I can't shake the feeling that Whispers Under Ground was more of a filler arc than part of the central storyline of the Peter Grant novels. Don't get me wrong; Ben Aaronovitch did a wonderful job on this one in terms of writing and plot. The humor I've come to associate with his books was all there, and so was the excellent dialogue and rich descriptions of London. As always, there was a great deal of police work going on behind the...more
Rachel Brown
This continues to be my current favorite urban fantasy series - the series which reminds me of why I ever liked urban fantasy.

I can write little about the sequels without spoiling a major plot development at the end of the first. They're both very good, but I liked Whispers Underground better because the mystery (while somewhat incomprehensible) was less obvious, but mostly because of the return of a certain favorite character.

Highly recommended. Highly, highly recommended. Great characterizatio...more
Nicole Gozdek
Toller 3. Band der "Rivers of London"-Reihe von Ben Aaronvitch. Nach "Die Flüsse von London" und aktuell "Schwarzer Mond über Soho" konnte ich den neuen Roman mit dem sympathischen jungen Constable und Zauberlehrling Peter kaum erwarten. Und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. "Whispers Under Ground" ist wieder sehr spannend, modern geschrieben, unterhaltsam und überraschend. Es wird nicht langweilig und dafür sorgt auch die gelungene Verknüpfung von Tradition und Moderne, Zauberei und Wissenschaft in F...more
Another really excellent police procedural mixed with a healthy dose of magic and wit. The guy wrote for Doctor Who, why aren't you reading these books?

I also want to thank the American publisher for finally ditching those awful covers and just going with the same covers as the British version. Those covers just didn't represent the books well at all. They figured out after the first book that having two different names was dumb, and they finally figured out that such different covers wasn't wo...more
Stephanie Swint
Ben Aaronovitch has not lost his touch and did a wonderful job with Whispers Under Ground. I finished this book and promptly listened to it a second time. I didn't think I could could do justice to my review, and let's be honest, I just wanted to listen to it a second time. Kobno Holdbrook-Smith narrates this on Audible, if you have already listened to the first two of the series, you know he is an amazing narrator. He does remarkably with the characters, both with being able to do the accents b...more
Jacob Proffitt
This is third in a series that's proving to be a consistently good read. I really like Peter's progress (both personal and magical), though he's eclipsed a bit by his cohort, Lesley (on both fronts, really). If you're a fan of the series, don't hesitate on this one. You'd do well to start with the first in the series, though, so I'll leave it at that.
Jan 02, 2013 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Dresden Files, clever/silly humor
The third entry in Aaronvitch's Peter Grant series. Read the others first, duh. Still a solid four-star read — a "hoot". (Please forgive me if that word has been overused since being reclaimed from extinction.) I stand by my claim that it is quite similar to Butcher's Dresden Files, albeit not quite as wide-ranging or adventurous as well as being from across the Atlantic. Suffused with the same light sardonic attitude that informs so much of geekville these days. Remember that Aaronovitch has al...more
Philip Walker
I've gobbled up the first 2 books, and have waited eagerly for the third installment. I've had to read some complete nonsense while waiting, so very happy when it pinged onto my Kindle.

I agree with other reviewers, Whispers Underground is the best out of the series. If like me, you regularly use the London Underground, in all it's sweaty hot unreliable horror, it is actually not too difficult to imagine the hundreds of miles of tunnels could be home to a subterranean community, in fact I have ju...more
Nov 02, 2012 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy murder mysteries
The appeal of this series lies in the sardonic humor of the first person narrator, Constable Peter Grant. His pungent, cynical commentary on police work, balanced by his basic decent humanity, gives the novels a distinctive and engaging voice.

When Scotland Yard officers have to bring Grant into their investigative teams, they mentally wince, because that means their case has a supernatural element. In Whispers Underground, Grant is assigned to the murder of a young American in the Baker Street...more
Margaret Fisk
The definition of a good book is one that you will make any excuse to carve out time to read. Instead of letting another week go by without posting a review, I gave over my morning to finishing Ben Aaronovitch’s Whispers Underground. And having finished it, I’m sad to have reached the end. Sigh. Just can’t win.

This is the third of his books I’ve read, and I love the dry humor and understated reactions to all things mystical and magical. As with the other two, Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho, th...more
Did Ben Aaronovitch decide to make the victim an art student for reasons of plot or just so he could amuse us gen x's with this:

"Well our victim had a thirst for knowledge," said Stephanopoulos. "He was a student at St. Martin's College"

On a high from reading this I almost gave it 5 stars but a night of reflection has dropped it to 4 1/2 stars. It should definitely be read in series order as you need the background from the first two books but Aaronovitch is really at home in his fictional Londo...more
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Ben Aaronovitch's career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.

Born and raised in London he says that he'll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.
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