Midnight Riot

Midnight Riot

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2012
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Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Ct.] : Tantor Media, Inc., 2012.
ISBN: 9781452660073
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (9.00 hr.) : digital, MP3 ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Holdbrook-Smith, Kobna


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IndyPL_SteveB May 24, 2019

First in a witty urban fantasy/cop story set in London and environs. It’s in the same literary territory as Jim Butcher’s “Dresden Files” (set in Chicago) and Douglas Adams’s “Dirk Gently” books, but with its own cleverness. Peter Grant is a London Constable assigned to guard the location of a grisly murder. He discovers there was a witness to the killing -- and that’s when he discovers he can see ghosts. It turns out that Peter has other latent abilities and he is selected by Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale to join him as an apprentice wizard to solve crimes and deal with the supernatural in London. The first case is a tough one, since the perpetrator appears to be a long dead actor controlling people to kill others in a theatrical style. At the same time, the Goddess of the lower Thames is having a row with the God of the upper Thames. They each have children who might be thought of as the spirits of the rivers which feed into the Thames. Peter gets involved in mediating the dispute.

Lots of plot complications, some violent murders, and some very funny writing in the distinctive British style. Uniquely, Peter is mixed race and very into both jazz and African music.

The audiobook is performed with great wit and energy. I would note that the “f-word” is used quite liberally, for those who are sensitive to that.

mvkramer Dec 25, 2015

Young policeman Peter Grant's biggest worry used to be where he'd be assigned once he made constable. But one night, he sees a ghost and everything changes. Suddenly he's part of a special division handling supernatural crimes, learning how to cast spells and getting introduced to a world of gods and monsters. His first cases - tracking a malicious spirit that forces people to commit gruesome crimes, and trying to make peace between two rival factions of river gods. The characters are likeable, the plot is fast-moving and the setting is interesting, but some pacing troubles keep this from being a four or five. At some points the mystery just stalls out, and all the tension just disappears. Still, a great opening - I'll certainly look into the other books in the series.

Librarymama Jan 31, 2015

The Rivers of London series is great fun and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's performance is consistently excellent throughout all the audiobook versions.


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mvkramer Dec 25, 2015

Violence: Several gruesome murders.


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