Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

Whispers Underground

I think this was another great entry into this series. I really love all the characters and the mystery is a good one and was well handled. The story begins with the body of American exchange student James Gallagher being found at the end of a tube station. Inspector and Apprentice Sorcerer Peter Grant is called in (along with Nightingale and Lesley) to solve the murder and find out- as usual- things are a lot weirder than first thought.

The newer characters introduced here are quite interesting and I hope we hear from them in the future. Because the murdered student is the son of a politician the FBI send one of its agents over to assist. When you read the back cover copy, “he’s young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well.” if you are like me you will cringe and sigh. Yes I know these people exist and there is no way this isn’t going to be painful to read. Except its not so bad. Even with the emphasis of her on the cover she doesn’t turn out to factor that much into the plot really, and her born-again status isn’t really mentioned much.

These books are just so much fun. I like the setting because it really feels lived in and “real” I suppose. I have never traveled to London but I can clearly picture what each setting looks like and feels like from the descriptions in he book. Most important, to me anyway, are the characters. They are diverse and interesting and all of them feel three dimensional and the motivations are clear through the book, and series.

There are some stories that are continuing throughout the series that I really like. Not only the continuing training of Peter by Nightingale, but also Lesley’s troubles and now training, and the mystery of the Faceless Man. I’ve heard that the next book in the series delves deeper into the mystery of him which I am really looking forward to.
Make no mistake these books are pure fluff to most people. They are easy reads and flow quickly, with clear cut motivations and resolutions which is why I like them so much. Not every book I read needs to be Anna Karenina (which I love)!

Definitely recommended for people who like series such as The Dresden Files and others like that.

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