Broken Homes

Broken Homes

Paperback - 2014
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My name is Peter Grant, and I'm a keeper of the secret flame. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle. Just the typical day for a magician constable.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9780756409609
Branch Call Number: FAN AAR
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 18 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 11, 2019

#4 in the fantasy-detective series, “Rivers of London.” Fairly entertaining entry in the series, although the plot is mostly pedestrian. It’s less creative than the first three in the series (the first two are especially good, with a lot of originality). The basic set-up is that a young English detective , Peter Grant, discovers that he can talk to some ghosts and gets recruited to the secret magic homicide division of the London police force – which now consists only of one semi-retired old wizard. He discovers that there is actually a god or goddess that represents each of the rivers which flow into the Thames River, and that they frequently feud and do things which affect the mortal world. There is an evil wizard, too, referred to as “The Faceless Man” because he disguises himself with a mask or a spell.

This book centers on a historic, odd building that someone is trying to destroy. Magic is involved, of course. The real pleasures of the book, however, are in the narrator’s sarcastic takes on British manners, jazz scene, racism, slackers, food, street system, and in this book, London’s dreadful modern architecture. It’s pretty funny stuff. Peter Grant is biracial with a white jazz musician father with drug problems and a mother from Sierra Leon, and that provides some variety, too.

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Starpoem
Apr 10, 2019

The fourth installment of the Peter Grant mystery/urban fantasy series starts as a slow-burner but then builds rapidly to an exciting crescendo. Sometimes I get frustrated with Peter, because he doesn't follow up on leads as quickly and as thoroughly as I wish he would. And yet I am obsessed with this series, because I love the magic and adventure. This particular book reminded me a bit of the Doctor Who serial "Paradise Towers."

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ApollosRaven
Sep 14, 2018

Rivers of London series. no. 4 Eight in series (plus a novella) as on 2018)

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Rumpel11
Nov 15, 2017

4th title in the Rivers of London series

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Normajean11
Aug 28, 2016

Really like this series, but this one fell a little short for me. Too many and too long descriptions of architectural details which really didn't contribute much to the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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augsburgerin
May 20, 2015

A fun mystery/fantasy series set in London. Suspenseful, funny and well written.

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Benvolia
Nov 22, 2016

Benvolia thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.

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