A few weeks ago our friend John asked me, “So how do you feel about Midnight Riot?”
“Rivers of London?”
“What are you talking about?” I asked, thinking he might be naming bands and albums that I had missed. It turned out that he was giving me the American and UK names for the first book in a magic-cop series by Ben Aaronovitch. And then he gifted me with the book. I devoured it, then read the sequel Moon Over Soho on Kindle. I can recommend both books to most anyone. They’re funny, imaginative, tense and touching. They fit a category of reading I’m fond of, presenting themselves as light-reading but deeper than they let on.
I love the UK cover concept for the series.
The USA title Midnight Riot does not do the book justice. But I can see how Rivers of London probably wouldn’t have worked out as a title in the USA.
The next book, Whispers Under Ground, appears in the US in May.
Apparently I might have known about the author beforehand if I was familiar with the new Doctor Who. Aaronovitch wrote for it in bunches. But I haven’t gotten over my early-adolescent Doctor-hate, so Midnight Riot is the first I’ve heard of the bloke.