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The brand new novella in the much-loved and number-one best-selling Rivers of London series!

Ghost hunter, fox whisperer, troublemaker.

It is the summer of 2013, and Abigail Kamara has been left to her own devices. This might, by those who know her, be considered a mistake.

While her cousin, apprentice wizard and police Constable Peter Grant, is off in the sticks chasing unicorns, Abigail is chasing her own mystery. Teenagers around Hampstead Heath have been going missing, but before the police can get fully engaged, the teens return home - unharmed but vague about where they've been.

Aided only by her new friend, Simon, her knowledge that magic is real, and a posse of talking foxes that think they're spies, Abigail must venture into the wilds of Hampstead to discover who is luring the teenagers and more importantly - why?

Read by Shvorne Marks, featuring Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

©2021 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Ruined

The added "footnotes" for Yanks are maddening. Grrrrr. And I have to add two words.

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Way too much padding

I really wanted to like this book having loved the others but I found the amount of irrelevant detail & stating the obvious really irritating (for example do we really need it explained that a deity is another word for a god ) This felt like very short story with loads of padding to get the word count up.

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I love the foxes.

I love Abigail and I love love love the foxes! This is a fun story, well written and well read. It’s good to see Abigail developed as a character and hope she’ll feature more in ROL. This is written in her voice so it’s a hilarious mix of youthspeak and Abigail’s impressive vocab. I really enjoyed it, just wish there was more! I binge-listened to the entire ROL series last summer and I can’t wait for the next one. More please!

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Wish it was longer

A must for Peter Grant fans. I love CHS narration so this was different but Ms Marks is very good, maybe a bit too posh for Abigail but still be enjoyable.

The story puts Abigail on her own without any “olds” around and this allows her to fill out as a character. Which I think she deserves.

The story is good, moves on at pace but still has enough time for those Aaronovitch observations that make his other work such a joy to read.

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Hooray for Abigail!

I have loved the character of Abigail since she first appeared in the Rivers of London series and am delighted that she finally got her own novella, and an epic one at that. Ben has really captured her in the narrative and the story was really gripping - I can only hope that someday she gets a whole novel!

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A bit disappointed

Love the rivers series, and was looking forward to this novella. I was left feeling a bit disappointed, it didn't have the substance or feel of the other novellas in the series.

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Disappointing

I feel genuinely disappointed that I've acquired a "novella" that is clearly aimed at the pre-teen market but wasn't flagged up as such. It doesn't have the same level of intricacy or character development that I've come to love in the Rivers of London series.

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Abigail's Adventures amaze

At last Abigail (and the foxes) get a starring turn. some real humour as well as one or two creepy moments. Hopefully we will hear more of Abigail and her companions in the not too distant future.
Mind you this is such a rich world that has been created I look forward to more from this world.
I didn't think the narration was up to the same level as the Rivers books or indeed the level of October Man.

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Good addition.

Great spin off/novella, worth the listen I lokk forward to Abigail playing a larger part in Peters adventures.

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So so good! You'll never see foxes the same again!

This a wonderful tale that slides perfectly into the 'Rivers of London' series whilst also being unique.

The plot is engaging and the characters made me laugh aloud more than once. Postmartin is in his element and I love him for it!

The scene with the foxes after The Nightingale leaves Abigail is just lovely.

Overall a delightful read.

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  • 24-03-21

Excellent as always

I heard, via FB, that this was YA.. It is not.. it fits perfectly with all the other RoL books.. it's just a perspective ting 😎

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  • Kristiina Friman
  • 28-05-21

Loved it

I really love this book. Don’t compare it to the Peter books. It stands on its own

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  • Dianna S Morrison
  • 26-04-21

Abigail is growing!

Loved this novella, hope Ben is coming up with more Abigail and Peter adventures, I love the story lines and the narrators are the absolute best

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  • Mika
  • 18-04-21

Just perfect

A brilliant spin-off for the RoL series. Compact narrative well introducing incomprehensible teenage jargon. Read by the obviously talented Shvorne Marks. I’m hoping to read more about Abigails adventures.

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  • ton
  • 31-03-21

tale weaving

aaronovich is in this genre the master, his tales are diverse, interesing and full of suprises. i would recomend his work to anyone