Title: Broken Homes (Rivers of London #4)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Length: 324 pages
Genre: urban fantasy
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: IndyPL
Plot Basics: Police Constable Peter Grant has his hands full… a body burned from the inside out, a strange traffic accident, a rogue killer on the loose and his ongoing studies to become a wizard. Even as he tries to solve these crimes, more fall on him, including a set of weird rumors about a housing project that may or may not have magical ties that might be attracting Peter’s arch-nemesis, the unknown wizard he calls the Faceless Man.
Banter Points: I love the Rivers of London series. The cover blurbs it as a blend of CSI and Harry Potter and whoever wrote that nailed the best description possible. Peter does respectable “copper” work as any fictional British police officer should. But his wizarding (and his mentor Nightingale) provide a wonderful dose of the mystical to add to a modern reality.
Bummer Points: I think this series is going to take a re-read to really follow all the twists and turns. Not that I mind rereading, but I wish it was just a smidge less convoluted. Also, I didn’t know in book one that the series was so linked from book-to-book.
Word Nerd Recommendation: Still really enjoying this series. For anyone waiting for the next Dresden Files, bide your time with these and you won’t be disappointed.