Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Memes: Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

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Back in the summer I'd made the mistake of telling my mum what I did for a living. Not the police bit, which of course she already knew about, having been at my graduation from Hendon, but the stuff about me working for the branch of the Met that dealt with the supernatural. My mum translated this in her head to "witchfinder," which was good because like most West Africans, she considered witchfinding a more respectable profession than policeman. 
Friday 56:
I wasn't as experienced at Nightingale but I was willing to bet that nothing magical had happened in that flat since it was constructed. 
This week I am spotlighting the third book in the Rivers of London urban fantasy series - Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch. I read the first book in this series a while ago and I read the seventh book for review just before publication in December. The publicist who sent me the review book offered to send me the rest of the series and I'll be reviewing them as time and space on my blog permits.

Here is the description from Amazon:

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.


  1. I really enjoy this whole series. I think he gets the London sense of humour down really well, and I love the idea that paperwork would be a part of even the most exciting fantasy adventure.

    I'm glad you seem to be enjoying them and look forward to seeing your reviews!

  2. Sounds intriguing. I love that part in the opening lines about witchfinding being more respectable than police work. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. How nice to receive the entire series! I like the light-heartedness of the first paragraph, and the characters sound amusing.

  4. Great snippets! I really need to try this series. It sounds so good. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  5. This one sounds fantastic!! Happy weekend!

  6. I haven't read any of the books from this series, but Whispers Underground sounds interesting. Thanks for mentioning it!

  7. I haven't read any of the books from this series, but Whispers Underground sounds interesting. Thanks for mentioning it!

  8. Sounds like an intriguing fantasy. Hope you enjoy this one and the rest of the series. Happy reading!

  9. I would really like to give this series a go at some point.

  10. I haven't heard of this one before. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine.

  11. I never would have thought of this one as one I would enjoy but that first paragraph hooked me! Adding this series to my TBR.


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