Whispers Under Ground

Whispers Under Ground

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A WHOLE NEW REASON TO MIND THE GAP
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It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher--and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom--if it exists at all--is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as "the Faceless Man," it's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and--as of now--deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won't be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She's young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah-- that's going to go well.
ISBN: 9780345524614
Branch Call Number: PBK FAN Aaro

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mvkramer Feb 08, 2016

Again, the mystery of the week just isn't very interesting. Far more intriguing are the major arcs - Lesley learning magic and recovering from extreme trauma, Peter learning more about the magical world, the reader learning more about how magic was used during WW2, the Faceless Man being a creepy bugger, the Rivers and their internecine politicking. I wish the series would spend more time on those stories and less on random murder investigations. Also available as a streaming audiobook on Hoopla.

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PenelopeFeather
Nov 06, 2015

Detective novel, set in current day London, England, focused on the magic division of the Police. (A very small division - only 3 officers!)
An Urban Fantasy, spiced with humour, and based on some serious research into the train system and underground history of the city. A very enjoyable read - I'll be looking for the other books in the series.

LibraryGorilla Dec 14, 2012

These mysteries about constable Peter Grant, who wants to be on the murder squad but ends up apprenticed to the last wizard in England (Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale of Scotland Yard) are an excellent blend of mystery, fantasy, humour, and horror. Peter's first person narration is immediately engaging, and the mysteries combine magic with the traditions of police procedural very well. The setting itself becomes a character, in more ways than one, as the gods of the Thames get involved. My very favourite of the series is book two, Moon Over Soho; this one lacks a bit of the punch of that, but is still an excellent read.

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