Broken Homes

Broken Homes A mutilated body in Crawley Another killer on the loose The prime suspect is one Robert Weil an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man Or just a common or garden serial killer Bef

A mutilated body in Crawley Another killer on the loose The prime suspect is one Robert Weil an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man Or just a common or garden serial killer Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case load.So far so London.But then PeteA mutilated body in Crawley Another killer on the loose The prime suspect is one Robert Weil an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man Or just a common or garden serial killer Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case load.So far so London.But then Peter gets 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.Is there a connection And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River

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Broken Homes

  1. Ben Aaronovitch s career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.Born and raised in London he says that he ll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.

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  1. If you ve read any other Broken Homes reviews or checked out the range of ratings, you ll know that opinion on this book runs the gamut For me, Aaronovich is starting to feel like he is coming into his own It s mature, developed writing with rich characters and a thoughtfully developed magic and supernatural system Without doubt, pacing is a little off from a traditional detective story, but I found that for me, it reflected the inconsistent nature of real life police work one does not work a ca [...]

  2. This book is dedicated to all the people who get up and do something about it, whatever it is and however small the thing it is they do With this perfect dedication, Broken Homes the fourth entry in Ben Aaronovitch s series about a snarky, geeky and ultimately good London Police Constable Peter Grant, employed in the subdivision of the Metropolitan police focused on magical side of the society hit the high note from the very beginning and remained very good until the last page.A few things alway [...]

  3. I have returned to the urban fantasy world of PC Peter Grant based at The Folly, and a wonderful police procedural series set in underground magical London It has a great sense of location in London and makes the most of the buildings and character of the city We have the policing of the Spring Court, attended by the major river gods with all the attendant festivities and stalls There are the undercurrents apparent between Peter and Beverly Brook, a slow heating romance in the making Lesley is s [...]

  4. A change of pace keeps this series ROLLING Aaronovitch s 2013 entry into his FREAKING AWESOME contemporary fantasy series set in London and involving paranormal shenanigans has MORE magic and world building and MORE FREAKING AWESOME characters and magic rues.Up to now I ve complimented Aaronovitch for his police procedurals that included some MAGIC and PARANORMAL elements This time around, we delve much deeply into the MAGIC world building that Aaronovitch has set up for us.Peter and Lesley are [...]

  5. 3.5ish stars.In some ways this is the most satisfying yet, in others it s the most frustrating As is typical for the series, the plot is meandering More here than in previous books even, despite it s return to what seems to be the overarching plot line connecting the books And I feel like that s just true to its police procedural reality I imagine actual police officers are engaging in various types of business and following multiple leads at any given time it s just a little manic and incohesiv [...]

  6. Onvan Broken Homes Peter Grant, 4 Nevisande Ben Aaronovitch ISBN 575132469 ISBN13 9780575132467 Dar 357 Safhe Saal e Chap 2013

  7. I loves it so much that this may be the reason I join Audible Or is there another way for me to owns my precious Holdbrook Smith s narration coupled with Aaronovitch s story is an absolutely splendid combination Peter Grant has a dry, wry bent, and Holdbrook Smith is allowing the emotion to come through, even allowing himself to become exclamatory in a couple of parts Holdbrook Smith also has an amazing ability to convey a range of types He must truly be an actor s actor He does the genteel tone [...]

  8. This series seems to be only getting better The characters are getting fascinating and the developments are definitely keeping me on the edge of my seat.London police and a sideline of magic has never felt realistic Peter gets to show off a bit of his architectural background this time, too, and I think this aspect was probably my very favorite part of the book Architecture has always been a bit magical, don t you think There s been plenty of literature on the idea and enough evidence to make [...]

  9. I would have loved to finally give one of these books a perfect score, because I love the series for its world building and characters, but, man, this book has pacing problems.For the first 200 pages or so, it feels like nothing of true interest actually happens in this book Oh, don t get me wrong, a lot of stuff does happen, from bloody murders, advancement of the overarching Faceless Man plotline, to subtle and sometimes not so subtle character development And the Festival of the River Gods wa [...]

  10. This series gets better with every new book I was practically hyperventilating for the last 30 or so pages of this story and it took a good 10 minutes to catch my breath after hitting The End Ben Aaronovitch doesn t pull his punches He s become one of my favourite authors with this series.The pace is quick, the dialogue is entertaining and full of witty banter, the characters are deep complicated people who you can t help but fall in love with, Peter s scientific studies into the nature of magic [...]

  11. Oh YES Smack dead in the center There s nothing wrong with four stars, but this, my friends, is a full hand, all 5 of them You know when you pay the extra quid for quality because you know this is the time and place where it matters and makes a difference Then you get what you bought, hold it in your hands and it feels really good, solid, valuable and all that To me, that s a wonderful four star Add a pinch of Bloody hell , WTF or Strike and little ol fifth star comes running up, yapping and wag [...]

  12. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Aaronovitch, you complete sod You can t do that to me I did NOT see that ending coming AT ALL AmazingMan, I m emotionally invested in this series than I thought I was

  13. Well, this was a delightful part of a storyEnds on one or cliffhangers, rather so than a couple of the prior episodes Aaronovitch had better be careful in traffic for the next year, just sayin And no smoking Take small bites and chew carefully, etc.That said, it gave me a lot of the things I wanted, namely, Peter Grant, London, and of the other residents of the Folly The love of the city fascinates me as a perversion in its in its own right, since personally I think the right distance betwe [...]

  14. I don t read much contemporary urban supernatural fiction, I prefer classic fantasy and big epics set on secondary worlds But over the last four books I ve grown quite fond of Police Constable Peter Grant I think that s what PC stands for, other than personal computer The supporting staff is all right Lesley, Nightingale, Molly, the dog, the doctor, etc but a good series that wants to go the distance of 10 books or needs a strong, interesting protagonist, somebody the reader can identify with T [...]

  15. This series just keeps getting better and better I am listening to it on audio and the reader is really, really good His range of accents is perfect right through from our London copper to upper class Nightingale, Oberon, a Russian witch and many Broken Homes is definitely a middle book in a series and one which should be read in the correct order as the author provides very little back story to help a new reader Each book leads into the next one and this one does it in such style that I will b [...]

  16. So it seems that the Peter Grant series is suffering from what I am calling Reverse Star Trek Movie itis or that the truly good books in this series are the odd numbered I know there is only four, but I m calling it So while I look forward to book 5 coming soon, not so much book 6.Look I know I am being critical here, this is still a fun novel to read, but it s no Rivers of London or Whispers Underground in that there is no one overarching chain of events from initial mystery to wonderful conclu [...]

  17. I adored how Peter told the story about London life, it was an amusing read Mr Aaronovitch used a great way to attract attention to the world of London, so magical, fantastic and realistic at the same time Also I loved the idea of magic mixing with architecture I m not an architecture expert but the architectural details were very believable and impressive mixed up with the magic stuff At last I got some fun stuff to read about the bad ass witcher aka Nightingale His wild meeting with the Crazy [...]

  18. I think I need a support group to talk about this book Or at least, the end of this book If you like your books to kick you in the teeth real hard, go ahead and read this one.At this point, I ve stopped comparing these books to the Dresden Files because apparently I care a lot about them and the characters involved than I ever did about Harry Dresden and crew I m still a bit disappointed there aren t major female characters, but I m very definitely emotionally invested.This would ve been reall [...]

  19. Last 20%, 4 stars First 80%, 2 stars Very generous average, 3 stars.I liked some of the characters added expanded upon in this book, but it took me over a week to read it because it was slow and boring compared to the first few of the series The last 20% of the book actually had stuff happen, and convinced me that I should probably continue on with the series for at least one and see if it was just a one off fluke.Oh, and shame on you, character You know who you are I thought this might happen, [...]

  20. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 201New rule if you are an urban fantasy starring a London policeman turned wizard named Peter Grant, then I MUST READ YOU Let s just say I have waited a long time for this After devouring the first three books last spring, I was left with a void that only this series dry wit and magical action could provide, and now book four has finally made its way to the US.Ben Aaronovitch does not hold back for Peter s latest adventure, which involves our favor [...]

  21. Super Ben Aaronovitch just gets better and better, I have missed Peter Grant with his sarcastic often witty descriptions, analogies, quips etc that never fail to have me laughing to myself, I love the characters, The Nightingale , Lesley, Molly and of course how cleverly the magical world is integrated into the very essence of London and it s tributaries I found this offering a real delight, pure escapism and was glad to see Grant s nemesis The Faceless Man up to no good and always it appears to [...]

  22. Broken Homes Peter Grant, 4 Before reading YES FINALLY MORE PETER GRANT I HAVE BEEN DESPERATELY WAITING FOR THIS After starting to read This is all really cute and fluffy and the interactions between the characters are great as always butwhere is the point There were things happeninga lot of things There s several bodies, theftd they have barely time to investigate anything in depth because something new turns up.For a considerable part of the first 100 150 pages it seemed like Peter, Lesley and [...]

  23. This installment meanders a bit, as it juggles multiple story lines, plus lessons in architecture Thomas Oh was that your Tiger tank Nightingale gets to show why he s the teacher and Peter Lesley are the apprentices I particularly enjoyed Toby s increased role in this book, being Peter s magic detector the yap o metre and camouflage a man with a dog is virtually invisible, apparently Peter has matured since the first book Lesley gives him a hard time, needling him about why he and Beverly Brook [...]

  24. What the hell did I just read Where s the rest of it I need the rest of it NOW On a rational note, this is another better novel of the Peter Grant series As ever, the strength of the writing and story lies on Peter s narration and sarcastic voice, so if that hasn t won you over by now, don t expect the scattered plot threads to dazzle you If you re invested in the long plot, however, sit back and enjoy the ride.The story is of the slow sort and reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes in a way that doesn [...]

  25. Back for Peter Grant the gang at the Folly Oh dear 2.5 stars the 1 2pt is only cause I ve really enjoyed the series too date Well what went wrong here then it jus lacked the humour action In bucket fulls of the previous reads in the series, I found myself nodding off as it was mostly Jus Peter Grant well, council housing of Greater London what Bored for the most part It lacked the characters that we ve grown to love at 200 pages had gone absolutely nowhere for me.If this was the first book in t [...]

  26. Just pre ordered the next book Foxglove Summer , 3 months in advance No book series has ever motivated me to do that before.First off, that revelation at the end just as everything was falling to pieces, that was perfect timing So perfect it left me a little winded tbqh Well done, Mr Aaronovitch You ve successfully made me jump out of my seat while waiting at the DMV That s no easy feat because it was the DMV, the whole place was packed, and I was standing.Review moved to covers2covers.wordpress [...]

  27. I don t even know what to say I am so gobsmacked right now.Look, everyone that I talked to said the same thing This is slow as anything I was bored while reading and maybe fell asleep around the 60 percent mark Things didn t make a lot of sense to me and I was tired of Peter feeling torn between Lesley til he wasn t and Beverly eh I don t blame him for not getting involved with the river goddesses But the ending that comes I did not see coming And it s heartbreaking And now I wonder what is goin [...]

  28. This series has really hit its stride with well established characters and an urban magic system based in the streets of London Having said that there are still plenty of new characters and events to enjoy, although it is recommended to read this series in sequence to get the most pleasure out of it.Trainee magician members of the Police force, Peter and Lesley are back at the Folly with their boss Nightingale continuing to train them in developing their magic skills in between carrying out thei [...]

  29. 8 10Another fine story in this series which is shooting its way up my favourites list I listened to this in audio and, for me, this is the only way to approach this series It s fun and enjoyable, what can you want on a commute or a walk I like the characters and even after only a short break of a couple of months it was nice to come back to their lives and listen to their tales and what evil they are routing out There is an overarching theme in the series now which is taking shape with no real [...]

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