Why oh why does it have to end? You know how sometimes you read a book and you think to yourself that the book didn’t need to be as long as it was. Then, there are those books that are bite your nails amazing and just not long enough to satisfy the itch. Foxglove Summer is Ben Aaronovitch’s best work so far and when I got to the end I was disappointed that there wasn’t more.
Peter is way in over his head. Leslie has gone rogue and now Peter is in the countryside trying to find two missing girls while coping with the betrayal of his best friend.
When two eleven year old girls, Hannah and Nicole go missing from their homes one night the local police assume it’s a kidnapping. Imagine their surprise when they discover aliens, unicorns and fairies may have played a role as well. Enter Peter Grant, constable and wizard extraordinaire. He may not understand fairies and the extraterrestrial but you bet he won’t rest until the two girls are home.
I think what I loved the most about this book is that Aaronovitch stays away from the cookie cutter approach to a series. Yes some elements of this novel were the same as the ones before it but there is a clear progression in both Peter and the problems he faces in each book. In Foxglove Summer we see Peter struggle with Leslie’s betrayal, we see him fall in love with Beverly and we begin to peel away the layers of Peter the wizard constable to Peter the person instead. Unlike other series, I don’t see myself getting bored with Ben Aaronovitch’s world of magical policing.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a laugh and some good, solid writing.