I settled into this book like you would settle into a cozy armchair. It’s a rainy day, hot cup of tea and cozy socks sort of book. Don’t ask me why but it just is.
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch is a witty mix of magic and crime fiction. Peter Grant is a police officer with the London Metropolitan force. He’s at the bottom of the ranks and dreams of one day being a part of the high echelons of policing society. When a man is beheaded in the downtown core of London all hell breaks loose and Peter is in the middle of it. There is one eye witness to the incident and Peter is the only one who can talk to him. It turns out his witness is a ghost. As if that wasn’t enough, Peter learns that there is a whole other layer to the Metropolitan Police. Yes, they have the regular murder investigation team, organized crime team but who knew, there was also a magical incident investigation team? Murders, ghosts, river gods and goddesses, Peter’s whole life is turned upside down and if being a police officer wasn’t troublesome enough he is now also an apprentice wizard.
Ben Aaarnovitch is genius in this tale of magic, mystery and mayhem. Harry Potter gave us our first taste of the magical world and Ben took it a step further by providing us with a more adult look at magic and what it would be like to live in a world that is running rampant with supernatural creatures. The story is extremely well written with a wide array of historical fiction and imaginative plot turns.
I realize that this genre may not appeal to everyone as it does focus on a very unlikely thing – magic but to all of the nonbelievers I would like to say; isn’t this what reading is all about? The improbable, the unlikely and the what if’s?
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did and fall as hopelessly in love with the setting, the characters and the joy of feeling like a child while you read about ghosts and other absurdities that the adult mind tends to forget.