Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch

I’ve been reading some weighty books recently. Miéville. Ali Smith. Haruki Murakami. All brilliant. But sometimes, just sometimes, a slightly lighter read is called for: fun, engaging, escapist. And Aaronovitch delivers exactly that in his Peter Grant novels. An authentic police procedural with an engaging first person narrator whose wit is warm and genuine. With…

Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch

This is the fourth in Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series – see previous blog posts for my thoughts on Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho and Whispers Under Ground. There is a different feel to this book from the previous ones and, to my mind, a welcome change. There is a greater focus on the quest…

Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch

Jazz is cool. It’s undeniable; it’s super cool. As a genre of music, it lurks in the back of the iPod in a smoke filled subterranean playlist. Jazz does not wear sunglasses; jazz is born with dark tinted irises. In a politically correct world, jazz sensuously drinks and smokes itself to a hospital bed where…