Broken Homes

Broken Homes

A Rivers of London Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame -- whatever that is.Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen's Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast. With the new year, I have three main objectives, a) pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC, b) work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai, an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice, is supposed to be, and most importantly, c) get through the year without destroying a major landmark.Two out of three isn't bad, right?A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man -- a man whose previous encounters I've barely survived. I've also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there's a connection to the Crawley case, I'll be entering some tricky waters of juristiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.Just the typical day for a magician constable.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group US, 2014
ISBN: 9780756409937
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jun 21, 2016

Great opener of a fantastic series! Police procedural with a very likeable cast, loads of London content, witty dialogue, interesting peeks into British racial diversity (and related difficulties), and MAGIC-- treated in a matter of fact way, as partly talent and partly skill. If you loved the modern take on magic in the Artemis Fowl books, you'll love these. And if you like British murder mysteries with interesting twists, ditto. The narration is one of those rare brilliant pairings of actor and book that makes the story even better.

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