Moon over Soho: Rivers of London, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn't the first.
No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn't trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus' ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.
And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard 'Lord' Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That's the thing about policing: most of the time you're doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you're doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you're doing it for revenge.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 35 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||18 July 2011|
|Publisher||Orion Publishing Group Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 734 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This book takes up a few months after Rivers of London starts and while that book worked to establish the setting and characters, this book is more comfortable with them and is more dedicated to setting up the ongoing series. It's a little like the original Star Wars where the first film was there to introduce you to the universe and was a good one-off in case nothing else happened, while Empire Strikes Back was to set up for films to come. However, this book doesn't suffer 'from middle book syndrome' in any way.
It starts with Peter Grant continuing his apprenticeship and cleaning up the details from the first book when new mysteries start to appear. Someone is using magic to kill jazz musicians in London which appears to be natural causes to anyone uninitiated. This grabs Peter's attention as his father is a former great jazzman of London and thus Peter has an in into both worlds.
As things unfold though, there appears to be even darker things afoot with signs pointing toward a rogue, evil magician who would naturally be better trained and more skilled than Apprentice Peter Grant.
Once again, the pace is good, the plot convoluted but able to be followed and the characters amazing and fun. I heard a crime author once say that the characters are the most important part of a crime novel and that solving the crime is just to give them something to do while describing good characters. This is one of the reasons why mysteries are so popular. Well, rest assured, this book is very character driven.
The characters are engaging, the magic explained just enough (but not too much), the horror still quite shocking.
And the London setting was delightful and had me reaching for google maps every few pages.
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So, our main characters are all still suffering the fallout from the end of their previous shenanigans so the last things they want is to be catapulted into a new, heinous series of unexplained deaths. But that's just what they get here... Starting with the death of jazz musician Cyrus Wilkins who, although appeared to drop dead of a heart attack during a gig, appears to emanate music from his corpse. And so begins another romp round London, specifically Soho as Peter tries to get to the bottom of things. Reconnecting with some familiar faces from the previous book as well as meeting up with new ones for this episode. Also touching base with his family...
I enjoyed book one so I was glad I took a punt snaffling them all up for a bargain when they were on sale. I enjoyed this one too as it is sort of my genre - crime - but with an added supernatural twist that gives it that different edge. It also allows the author to have a lot of fun along the way, especially with Peter's attempts at his training not always going as he wishes!
The story itself is interesting and, at times, quite dark. As well as the jazz deaths we also have a new level of evil rising up - and what this one does, well, cross your legs gents!
I love the trips round London that the author provides in his books, some of which I am familiar with, others notsomuch. He combines this with some really great life observations, often combined with dry wit and humour which all go to enhance the story being told. A story that held my attention throughout and, apart from what is obviously something that will continue in future books, left me satisfied at its conclusion.
I just need to jiggle things around on my TBR to sneak book three in sooner rather than later...
The latter hardly seems of a fantastical nature, but with the vibes coming off the corpse, and the revelation that every year a number of jazz musicians seem to die during or just after performances, perhaps there could be something a little unusual in the death. Still learning his craft under the direction of Nightingale so perhaps our detective constable is about to find himself once more in the midst of things.
There is a weak spot with this story in that it does not seem credible that Peter does not realise who or what his new girlfriend is which is slightly disappointing, as it is so blatantly in your face that you would have to be pretty thick not to notice it. But then perhaps we can put this down to raging hormones and Peter’s inexperience, although if a reader does not notice it then I would have to say to them that they need to go back to school and do English again. The jazz elements here though do give us something to enjoy and may possibly make some people look up and stream some of the tunes mentioned here.
What really holds this together is the humour and the historical elements of our great capital. With a villain escaping so we are also given the lead into the next novel. It is worth looking at the historical note by the author, as he tells us the real song that Johnson was playing when he was killed back during the Second World War.
Jazz is featured heavily in this book and I'm guessing it's a love of the author, that or again he's done his research. The tone is similar to the first book, a lot of snark and humour contrasting with the darkness that is involved. It definitely feels more of the same for the first half though we learn more about Nightingale and magicians in England though I imagine there's still a lot more to come on that front. I think we might have met the big bad in this series, or one of them anyway as things start to point towards a dark magician that's behind everything which is going on. Leslie doesn't feature as much in this book but we do learn more about Peter's family.
I didn't enjoy it as much as the first but there is still enough to it that I will continue the series. I find myself hitting the same walls as with the Dresden files, can't do more than two or three of them in a row. Think it's to do with their episodic nature, each book is self contained with a larger story going on in the background. All in all though still a decent read.
3.5 stars rounded up
I loved that we got to learn more about the characters of Peter and Nightingale as well as Molly, it made me love them even more and I cannot wait to see what little nuggets of information we get in the next one. Plus we got introduced to new characters including the menacing magician who is honestly a bit creepy and honestly I cannot wait to see what else he does because I know that he will be a good enemy for Peter and Nightengale to take down. Plus the new "creatures" we got introduced to were also pretty cool, some of them also quite creepy but the idea behind them was pretty cool.
The plot itself was super good and the ending made me very happy and super excited to read the next book in the series. As like the first book, the mystery was played out perfectly and all the different threads came together at the perfect time so that we were able to get the big picture that Aaronovitch had been creating throughout the book and I loved it so much.
The wiring is brilliant, it's funny and serious at the same time and the narration just feels like your sitting and chatting with Peter over a drink while he tells you all the crazy stuff that he gets up to during his day job. I just love it so much so I cannot wait to find out what happened during the rest of the series!
Peter Grant a London PC and apprentice Wizard is on the hunt again for mysterious murderers ,sometimes with help from unorthodox beings ,sometimes hindered by them or his own ego.
And his hit and miss attempts to master his lessons.
We find out more about the main characters his Boss a wizard nightingale and police pathologist Dr Walid, WPC Lesley,and Peters Mum and Dad( a Jazzman .)
This book gives us yet another murder,horrible mutilation but it’s All in a days work for our hero.
he still find time for some Good old fashioned romance.
Wonderfully descriptive writing I could feel smell and taste and hear atmosphere on every page. I can’t get enough just love it ! I want to be totally immersed in this world which is cleverly designed.In short this is a who done it ,and will they all survive it intact ..."Sorry bit of a clue ,I’m reading the next one now!
So put on some Billie holiday make a coffee get comfy and let your imagination get soaked.