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Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
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Jul 02, 2012

really liked it

The third in this entertaining series is an improvement on the second, while not quite hitting the heights of the highly recommended first.

The author writes with wit and charm and a clear love of London, and he is becoming far more confident with his characters, and, in fairness, his characters are becoming more confident too.

Peter Grant (apprentice wizard in the Met's semi-secret `weird' unit) is called to a murder on the London underground and ends up seconded to the murder squad to follow up the stranger leads. It doesn't help that the victim is from the US and an FBI agent is despatched to keep an eye on the investigation. As usual the delight here is the `other' side of London, those who live alongside normal people and although the perspective is not as interesting as the `living' rivers of the first book but there is still plenty to enjoy. Okay. maybe file under "urban Fantasy", but the author makes London very much a part of these novels with a character as complex as some of its inhabitants.
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