Moon Over Soho

Moon Over Soho

eBook - 2011
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The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body--a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul--they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace--one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard "Lord" Grant--otherwise known as Peter's dear old dad.
Publisher: 2011
Edition: EBOOK TEXT
ISBN: 9780345524607
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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IndyPL_SteveB May 24, 2019

#2 in the fantasy/mystery series “Rivers of London”. Sequel to *Midnight Riot*.

London constable/wizard-in-training Peter Grant now has three spells he can use, plus his ability to sense magic. It may not be enough to solve mysterious murders taking place in the London jazz scene. There may be a rogue dark wizard in London. Peter’s father is a formerly popular jazzman looking to make a comeback. Peter’s jazz knowledge puts him in the middle of the crime investigation; but it might also turn his father into a victim.

An entertaining mixture of ironic humor, urban fantasy, and detective novel, as in the first novel, with a bit more horror element this time. Not for children , for sure. This also has a fair amount of gratuitous sex, which turns out NOT to be gratuitous at all, but instead an essential plot element.

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heavenne
Dec 04, 2018

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned***

It is advisable to read the first one before you get into Moon Over Soho. You’re pretty much carrying on right after the events in the first book so it’s always better to get the background information before carrying on :)

I was pleased with this one, complete with rather macabre scenes that will stick with me for a while. I still enjoy the way it’s being narrated by Peter Grant. He tells it pretty bluntly and explains well for some of us who don’t live in London which helps understand the setting more. The setting is dark and gritty, just right to complement the mystery that is prevalent to the case. The mix with the supernatural blends quite well with real life London, I believe it’s probably even more enjoyable to read for those that are quite familiar to the city.

Supporting characters and some new ones are featured in the book. It’s nice to see Leslie again despite what happened to her (ahh but the ending though!). Peter takes a lot of beating (both verbal and physical) during the book which is to be expected. He does have a thing with Simone that covers a good latter part of the book which is ok, although I thought it provided a lot of filler and it slowed the pace down considerably. You almost wanted to ask; “Peter, don’t you have a case to work on?”

It proved to be a quick read with a good open cliffhanger ending with the mystery of The ‘Faceless One’ which makes the series even more intriguing at this point. I’ll be definitely be picking up the third one. A great series to read so far!

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ApollosRaven
Sep 14, 2018

Rivers of London series, no. 2. Jazz musician dies -- of magic.

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Rumpel11
Nov 15, 2017

2nd title in the Rivers of London series

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Rumpel11
Nov 15, 2017

2nd title in the Rivers of London series

Deunan Nov 09, 2011

My favourite of the two in this series so far. The jazz vampires are great.

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