GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Enthusiastic recommendations led me to Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London and I echo them. I am not a Harry Potter addict but was captivated by what could almost be a grown-up Harry who has enlisted in the London Metropolitan Police Service.
Probationary constable Peter Grant is on the point of learning about his future career and fears he is going to be office-bound doing the paper-work for the police on the beat. However, one evening he has an encounter with a voluble ghost who has just witnessed a particularly gruesome murder.
Peter Grant’s evident magic powers lead to his becoming an apprentice in the special branch of the police that is concerned with wizardry and inexplicable events. Under the tutelage of Inspector Nightingale, he is involved in a particularly unpleasant case of possession, and, ultimately, when Nightingale is put out of action, he has to put into practice his newly acquired spells to combat the evil.
The divinities who control the various London rivers are actors in the drama and provide very entertaining moments in what is a delightful read. It will be difficult to resist the sequel.