I listen to my books while working, and I work alot!, love Detective, Dystopian, Science fiction, Fantasy, U/F, PNR and Steam Punk.
Ben Aaronovitch just gets better and better, I have missed Peter Grant with his sarcastic often witty descriptions, analogies, quips etc that never fail to have me laughing to myself, I love the characters, 'The Nightingale', Lesley, Molly and of course how cleverly the magical world is integrated into the very essence of London and it's tributaries.
I found this offering a real delight, pure escapism and was glad to see Grant's nemesis 'The Faceless Man' up to no good and always it appears to be a step ahead.
It's not all light and fun though and is pretty dark, disturbing even as the story unfolds. Our author also throws a hell of a curve ball that had me flummoxed, but in a good way, wanting the next book out already.
Still up there as one of my favourite series to follow..
Not a stand alone best to start with 'Midnight Riot', which is the first in the series, this is book number four.
Strike ia a Cornish ex-military policemen, based in London, at a very low point in his life, Strike is sinking fast. I loved his clever, sharp stubborn character, especially the prickly ebb and flow relationship with his quick witted sidekick secretary Robin.
The other plus me for for was the twisty, story line, I did not guess who did it at all! was rather shocked in the end but in a good way, having just read 2 out of three of the Larson Millennium Trilogy our author more than holds his own.
Wonderfully paced, lovable relateable characters, and a stonking good mystery whodunit...
Randye Kaye gives a wonderful narration that complemented the story.
This is no fluffy thriller, there's a melancholy dark edge throughout, comprising of two stories that of a puzzling murder and of Dianes complex relationship with her mother.
Diana Pool has to go back to work as an actress, her bank balance will have it no other way, while filming a small but crucial part, Diana gets sucked into a murder investigation, while having to cope with the death of her mother and the burgeoning grief of a beloved husband.
Dianas character was so refreshing and forthright, no simpering, insecurities here, but a women who knows her own body and mind. I loved the way she used her acting skills to get where she wanted to be, her improvisations entertained.
One blow after another rains down on Dianas head, I was with her all the way and have not liked a character so much in a ages. although I guessed right about the murderer I was so totally wrong at the same time.
Your in for a treat , it's a multi-faceted plot with an intricate answer that does not really make itself known until towards the end.
It's fast placed, well plotted and worth a listen..