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Lies Sleeping

(Rivers of London #7)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  22,845 ratings  ·  1,737 reviews
Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case . . .

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even
Hardcover, First Edition, 406 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by Gollancz (first published November 13th 2018)
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The Post in Which I Muse on Audio Versions of Books

Stop reading the paper copy and give listening a go. You will likely not believe me; you will tell me that you hate audio books, that you lose track, fall asleep, and are 100% unable to pay attention. I believe you; until this series, you could have counted my attempts at audio books on one hand, as I suffered many of the same complaints. When I listened to Harry Potter while driving, I found myself getting sleepy. If I listened while cooking, I
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Londinium Calling!

“and I – live by the river!”

His best so far? Maybe, but I’m biased, I love these books, they are to me as cheeseburgers to a fat guy. Wait – I’m a fat guy and I LOVE cheeseburgers! * Note to self about getting lost in a metaphor. And cheeseburgers.

Fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s wildly popular and fun as a barrel of monkeys urban fantasy series about DETECTIVE constable Peter Grant who is also an apprentice wizard have been waiting since 2016 for this novel – and I hate waiting so i
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-Read 9/5/21:

Lesley, Lesley, Lesley, Lesley.

Need I say more?

A real page-turner!

Original Review:

Coming back to Peter Grant is always a super-huge breath of fresh air. Every time I pick up one of these books, I know I'm going to be blown away by hugely interesting details, a very tongue-in-cheek Deputy-Constable's wry humor, and a richly imagined and described London.

Oh, yeah, and Peter's a wizard. Working as a cop.

Always under the bureaucratic nightmare, wishing things hadn't gone so bad with h
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book follows The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant, #6) (my review) and ends (maybe?) The Faceless Man #2 story arc. In the process it advances the teeming multitude of long-term series plots, including the important Lesley May plot-line while creating more. I frankly found this book to be too much a tangled spaghetti of plots and characters to be truly enjoyable.

I’ve been a long-term fan of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London. I typically listen to them on audiobook, although I have read severa
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My greatest concern after finishing Lies Sleeping is that it may be the final book in the series. After all it does conclude the story of The Faceless Man which has continued over the last several books. It also leaves Lesley and Peter in ways that could be seen as conclusive, where the reader can be left to imagine how they will go on in the future.

It is a fun book with all of the regulars turning up to play their parts. Molly finds a new friend, Mr Punch shows up and is taken in hand by his d
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Reread 2022: Still love this, especially now that I've read it back to back with the rest of the series. A lot of what has gone before is tied up here, as well as the promise of even worse to come...

In the conclusion to what begins in The Hanging Tree, Lies Sleeping continues to follow Peter Grant and his search to hunt down and thwart the ultimate plans of The Faceless Man and his apprentice while getting himself mixed up in the demi-monde world. Which this time involves bells.

As I said when
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is one of my all-time favourite series – and this installment was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint, as usual. There is just something charming and compulsive about this series that makes me very happy.

I won’t write about the plot so much, because doing so invariably would spoil the books that came before (and what twists and turns there were) except to say that I found the way the story went and how some parts wrapped up highly satisfying. I know that there is a novella coming out in
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ve made it no secret that I love Peter Grant/Rivers of London, and right now, it’s easily one of my favorite urban fantasy series. But for the last few books, our characters have been floundering in their hunt for the Faceless Man, the main baddie who has been a constant thorn in the Met’s side since the very beginning, and I was starting to worry that the lack of progress might soon be blowing up in all our faces. Lucki
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
My favorite Peter Grant so far.
“When you’re police, an interesting lie can be as useful as the truth. Sometimes more so.”

“We seem to be sitting around waiting for the next fucking disaster,” he said, which went into the official log as—DCI Seawoll felt that our operational posture was too reactive.

“None of this was real. But I’ve learned that just because something isn’t real doesn’t mean it’s not important.”
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Another great installment in this excellent series.

One small caveat though.

I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but now that I'm not reading it anymore, I'm having some trouble recalling the scattered sequence of events. The plot and mystery are fairly clear-cut, as is the ending, but the way in which the investigation is moved along from one point to another is... hard to recall... for some reason.

Or maybe I'm just getting old and my recall reserve is quickly dwindling.

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Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2020, fantasy
In this seventh episode of the excellent 'Rivers of London' series, PC Peter Grant, apprentice Wizard is now involved in a joint operation between the Met and the Folly to catch Martin Chorley (aka 'The Faceless Man') who has been involved in numerous murders and crimes. However, Chorley is planning his most ambitious crime which will change London as we know it forever. Peter and the task force need to work out what he is up to fast, but Chorley is the master of setting false trails to throw th ...more
Milda Page Runner
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, humor
A bit slower first half but picks up pacing later on. I read it right after The Furthest Station which being short had everything more condensed. In comparison Lies Sleeping plot felt somewhat scattered with less humour, although overall tone seems lighter. It's still fun. Can't get enough of Peter Grant series! :)
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was excellent! I loved all the London history. I loved Foxglove and Molly dancing in the moonlight. I loved the foxes. The main characters are well established now and the narrator was excellent.
lucky little cat
Ah, that went by way too fast.
If you're already a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed. And my, how our Peter's growing up, but without losing any of his self-deprecating irony.

If you're not a fan yet, be apprised that Aaronovitch wrote for years for Doctor Who, and it very gloriously shows. You'll want to start with book #1, Rivers of London. Snag an audio copy if you can, because the audios are amazing.

slideshow disclaimer: neither Banksy nor the helmet amulet figure in the book.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Another strong installment in the Rivers of London series. The battles with the dark side are becoming more and more frequent, now that we know the Faceless Man and see more of his plans. But this one takes some even twistier twists and turnier turns and ends up in a place I didn't really expect.

I had grown tired of this series after book 4, and took a VERY long break. In fact, I hadn't entirely p
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume 7 of the Peter Grant series.

This time they manage to wrap up the case of the faceless man.

Also Molly is experiencing some happiness, what I really liked, and Peter's personal circumstances take a new development.

Altogether I am looking forward to the next volume with anticipation, which will be published in 2020.
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

I looked to the west just in time for an entire bloody Roman legion to come jogging into view. Rank after rank, by the cohort and the numbers, but with no standard raised – no eagle.
The smell of blood rolled off them and, weirdly, olive oil.
They came to a halt in a clatter of iron.
'F_ck me,' I said. 'I'm in an episode of Game of Thrones.'

... or some deleted scene from 'The Lord of the Rings.' Congrats for being promoted to detective, Peter, and for being always ready with the hip pop-c
Move over Newt Scamander, there's a new wizard in town! With better plots that actually make sense and not just load of over-egging codswallop!

Sorry, I was still a bit carried away with the Crimes of Grindelwald movie. I thank thee, Ben Aaronovitch, for keeping my faith in urban fantasy and their wizards. Peter Grant is still my man, he is a solid character that's skillful, dedicated and dependable. Boring? Not a chance. Peter, as his colleagues and guvs always said, had a penchant for situation
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
at this point ben aaronovitch could publish a book of photocopies of his bare arse and i'd give it five stars. regardless of that this book fucking ruled ...more
Caro the Helmet Lady
So, this was a rather fast one and no matter how hard I tried to read it slower, it didn't work (though not like recently I'm a very fast reader, to be honest....). Names, names, places, history, architecture, the pack is full and maybe even fuller than in last two books. L. is back and Mr Punch as well - I'm not spoiling, it's on the blurb! - and I had to confess I kind of... missed him? O.o I guess I'm going to reread the first book soon just because of that... O.o
Anyways, fun fun, and I crave
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy shitake, (view spoiler)!

I don't even know where to begin with this 7th volume in the series, there is just sooo much to tell you about!
It's starts innocently enough with the Met officially looking for Martin Chorley, who was revealed to be the Faceless Man in the previous book. The pressure is on him and thus also on Lesley of whom we see much more in this book. But what we did get to see ... didn't impress me. Not tha
I find it hard to believe that this is book seven. Ben Aaronovitch has been telling Peter Grant's story for years, and this book is just as good as previous installments.
I love so many things about this book and rather than be coherent, I'm just going to list them:
-Beverly Brook.
-Guleed!! She's learning to use a sword and has some fancy new moves. And that woman is always prepared, in general, and with her baton. My love for this character keeps growing.
-Seawoll has come so far from book one's
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A satisfying climax to the Folly's operations against the Faceless Man sees our man Peter at his earnest best.

This is one of the best urban fantasy series currently being published, and a lot of that is down to the main character Peter Grant and his commitment to community and policing, and more critically, his fundamental belief in both. His point of view can be wry, but he has such a deep belief in the fundamental rightness of what he's doing that it makes him a protagonist that you can't help
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through the book I was still trying to find a cohesive plot. No red line in this one, more like the odd breadcrumb of something familiar... the breadcrumbs made up a story eventually and there were lots of entertaining bits and chuckles. I loved Foxglove. But the final battle was a bit WTF, the resolution was a teeny bit lame and the ending left me with a „Wait, what? That was it?“

So, was that really it? The end of the series? Hm.

Not sure how to rate this. 4 stars, because the overall s
Although it started kind of slow and it took me a little to get used again to the rhythm and Aaronovitch's writing, of course I ended up liking this a lot, as expected. ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: london, fantasy-sf
I have been waiting with fluctuating levels of patience for "Lies Sleeping" to drop. It was worth the wait.

In "The Hanging Tree" we learned the identity of the rogue wizard known as the Faceless Man whom former PC Lesley May had gone to work for. In "Lies Sleeping" we learn why Leslie defected to the Dark Side, so to speak, and it's not pretty.

Since learning the identity of the Faceless Man, several things have happened. PC Peter Grant is now DC (Detective Constable), and DC Sahra Guleed is now
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm still enjoying the writing, but the plot is -- well.
For the past several books our protagonist has been involved in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a villain. They keep having these confrontations where the two sides run into each other, there's a big magic fight with a bunch of property damage, and then everyone escapes alive and uncaptured and uninjured.

We've gone through a variety of reasons why none of these big magic fights are ever conclusive. Two popular reasons are "the villain
Nov 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This seventh novel in the Rivers of London series brings the arc of the series supervillain Faceless Man to an end, but the book doesn't feel at all like a conclusion to the series. For one thing, there are major loose ends, especially regarding Lesley May, whose role seems unclear now. And the loving relationship between first-person narrator Peter Grant and river goddess Beverly Brook is in a holding pattern that calls for further development.

Not only that, but the Folly and its occupants hav
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great 5 stars from me, I really enjoyed this book. I have to say how Ben does great research into the historical London and then ties it into his plotlines with a great deal of action and entertainment.

Can’t wait to see where Ben takes the series after this book.
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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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