Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Started a bit samey but got better.

Set a little bit after the first book, we find Peter pretty much where he was at the end of the last one. Soon however he’s called in as there seems to be an echo of music coming from a corpse which then leads down another rabbit hole.

Jazz is featured heavily in this book and I’m guessing it’s a love of the author, that or again he’s done his research. The tone is similar to the first book, a lot of snark and humour contrasting with the darkness that is involved. It definitely feels more of the same for the first half though we learn more about Nightingale and magicians in England though I imagine there’s still a lot more to come on that front. I think we might have met the big bad in this series, or one of them anyway as things start to point towards a dark magician that’s behind everything which is going on. Leslie doesn’t feature as much in this book but we do learn more about Peter’s family.

I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first but there is still enough to it that I will continue the series. I find myself hitting the same walls as with the Dresden files, can’t do more than two or three of them in a row. Think it’s to do with their episodic nature, each book is self contained with a larger story going on in the background. All in all though still a decent read.

3.5 stars rounded up

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