Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch: Book review

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A My Chronicle Book Box review: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch.

The seventh novel in the Rivers of London series series the final showdown between Apprentice wizard Peter Grant and his long running nemesis the Faceless Man!

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My Chronicle Book Box Review: Louise's thoughts...

This is one of my favourite series, a wonderful mix of urban fantasy, police procedural and wry humour. This is the seventh novel in the series and we see Peter and Nightingale finally running down their nemesis, the Faceless Man aka Martin Chorley, unsanctioned wizard and psychopath. Not by themselves though, Peter has just been promoted to Detective Constable and Operation Jennifer to take down Martin Chorley and Lesley May has the full might of the Metropolitan police force, including overtime budget, behind it. DC Sahra Guleed is one of my favourite characters and she also has a key role in the operation and there are some great developments for her in here.

As a result of the magical protections in place in the Folly proper, Operation Jennifer is being run from a portakabin in the year courtyard, and Nightingale and Seawoll are just about managing to be civil. The book takes us right back to the themes of the original Rivers of London novel too, with Peter having to confront the malevolent spirit Mr Punch who changed his and Lesley's lives forever.

This novel ties up the loose ends that long time fans of the series have been waiting for and has some surprises to end with. Although the Faceless Man arc may have been wrapped up, the ending opens up new directions for the series to go and Ben Aaronovitch is currently working on the next book. He has also said this week in an interview this week that he will continue writing this series to the grave so we still have a lot to look forward to! Now, if only we could find a way for Ben to start ageing backwards...

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Publisher: Gollancz
Publication date: 15 November 2018

Publisher Synopsis:

The seventh book of the bestselling Rivers of London urban fantasy series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London.

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.”

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch….

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Louise

Hi, I’m Louise and I am the driving force behind My Chronicle Book Box. I am a busy working Mum, with three gorgeous daughters and a very supportive husband. I spend much of my spare time reading and reviewing a wide variety of books and love the whole idea of subscription book boxes.

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