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.