Whispers Under Ground

Whispers Under Ground

eBook - 2012
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It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects... except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as "the Faceless Man," it's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world. At least he won't be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She'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.
Publisher: 2012
Edition: EBOOK TEXT
ISBN: 9780345524621
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 03, 2019

Another fun PC Peter Grant adventure. Following Moon Over Soho, with the introduction of a magical villain and more magic history, I had hoped for more of the same. This one is heavy on police investigation, light on magic. Still quite enjoyable, looking forward to the rest of the series.

IndyPL_SteveB Jun 22, 2019

#3 in the “Peter Grant” series, also sometimes called “The Rivers of London” series, of mystery/fantasies.

I’ve enjoyed this series about a London Police Constable who has magic abilities, including being able to see ghosts, talk with the gods and goddesses of the rivers that feed into the Thames River, and do magic. He’s learning the magic under the tutelage of his new boss, Inspector Nightingale, who is one of the last remaining trained wizards in Britain. In this book, Peter and his magic-damaged co-worker, Lesley, try to determine how a ghostly graffiti artist, a stoned DJ, an Irish artist, and a wholesale hauling business are connected to the murder of an American student studying in England. The mystery seems centered around strange goings-on in the London Underground (the subway system). One of the most fun aspects of the book is all of the strange history and topography of the Underground. It is also fun to watch the complex relationship between Peter and Lesley, a formerly beautiful Constable whose brain is intact but whose face is now unrecognizable. Aaronovitch handles the snarky police humor well, which is a major part of the series’ charm.

I would have liked to see more emphasis on the river gods and goddesses, which are the most original characters in this series.

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TardisLibrarian
Jun 04, 2019

So well written and a fun read.I love the ghost squad and could not put it down.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 17, 2018

This is such a fun series...a blend of police procedural and supernatural thriller...with a good sense of humor. Start with Midnight Riot!

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Rumpel11
Nov 15, 2017

3rd title in the Rivers of London series

mvkramer Feb 08, 2016

Again, the mystery of the week just isn't very interesting. Far more intriguing are the major arcs - Lesley learning magic and recovering from extreme trauma, Peter learning more about the magical world, the reader learning more about how magic was used during WW2, the Faceless Man being a creepy bugger, the Rivers and their internecine politicking. I wish the series would spend more time on those stories and less on random murder investigations. Also available as a streaming audiobook on Hoopla.

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PenelopeFeather
Nov 06, 2015

Detective novel, set in current day London, England, focused on the magic division of the Police. (A very small division - only 3 officers!)
An Urban Fantasy, spiced with humour, and based on some serious research into the train system and underground history of the city. A very enjoyable read - I'll be looking for the other books in the series.

LibraryGorilla Dec 14, 2012

These mysteries about constable Peter Grant, who wants to be on the murder squad but ends up apprenticed to the last wizard in England (Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale of Scotland Yard) are an excellent blend of mystery, fantasy, humour, and horror. Peter's first person narration is immediately engaging, and the mysteries combine magic with the traditions of police procedural very well. The setting itself becomes a character, in more ways than one, as the gods of the Thames get involved. My very favourite of the series is book two, Moon Over Soho; this one lacks a bit of the punch of that, but is still an excellent read.

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