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I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn't the first.

No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn't trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus' ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens' portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.

And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard 'Lord' Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That's the thing about policing: most of the time you're doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you're doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you're doing it for revenge.

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Moon Over Soho
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Good read!
March 17th, 2015
I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning I'll admit. The first in the series was okay but this second book has developed the situation further and better. Couldn't stop reading it.
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Really rather good!
March 13th, 2015
Having been hooked by Rivers of London I guess I expected the plot just to bound onward, but it didn't. Ben could have stuck to a good formula but I realise now, having read all five, that he doesn't do this. You get something different every time. Excellent character and basic premise continuity but a new turn of plot in each new book. The new content doesn't disturb the continuity of what's already been laid down at all, the characters just develop a little, discover, adapt... It was on closing Moon Over Soho, no. 2, that I downloaded the next three. I didn't want to read anything else.
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Moon Over Soho!
January 5th, 2015
What a great read. I enjoy the humor, pace and story lines of PC Grant's adventures. Hopefully they will find their way on to TV or film!
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Still going strong
December 23rd, 2014
The PC Grant series by Ben Aaranovitch it's currently top on my list of favoured fantasy series. Moon Over Soho sees Peter plunged into life as apprentice wizard in the British police forces.
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Moon over Soho
July 24th, 2014
The plot certainly thickens in this episode. Brilliant! love these keep them coming!
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Love this series
January 28th, 2014
I first discovered Ben Aaronovitch as a Doctor Who writer. But I love this series even more. The Rivers are awesome and beautifully realised. Peter and Leslie are engaging and interesting. Totally recommend these books.
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Definitely worth it
December 2nd, 2013
Finally some author got it. First, it's a very thrilling book, second it has magic and humour (the first I don't need, but the second is mandatory) and third a police man with ethics. This is Harry Potter the Thriller, so adults can get in on the act :-)
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Jazz and magic
October 25th, 2013
Brilliant second book. Seriously don't start reading in bed if you need to get a decent nights kip, you won't put it down. On to the next one!!!!
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Don't read before bed :P
September 10th, 2013
Great book. Gripping story. Love the references to spots in London. Makes the story imaginable as part of real life. Reads like a crime novel with a believable element of magic, rather than like a fantasy novel, which is refreshing.
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