Shelf Control #83: Rivers of London

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Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! Fore more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

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My Shelf Control pick this week is:

Title: Rivers of London
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Published: 2011
Length: 392 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

How I got it:

I picked up a used copy at a library book sale.

When I got it:

At least 2 – 3 years ago.

Why I want to read it:

The synopsis sounds terrific, and I’ve heard such good things! My only hesitation — and the reason why I can’t seem to bring myself to start this book — is that it’s the first in a series, and pretty much the last thing I need right now is yet another series to try to get through! But I do enjoy good urban fantasy, and the concept of gods and goddesses and ghosts having something to do with a murder investigation sounds like my kind of reading.


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5 thoughts on “Shelf Control #83: Rivers of London

  1. Lisa, I have a feeling you will really enjoy this series. I read them all a year or so ago and loved them. Smart and funny and suspenseful. Now that the latest book, the Hanging Tree, has been released I’ve been listening to the audiobook versions. They are TERRIFIC. the Rivers of London (released as Midnight Riot in the US) is a great story, and is my favorite. Get thee to your Library’s Overdrive app right away and start listening! Or, just start reading!! I am positive you won’t regret it. I understand about the series hesitation you mentioned, however this book works as a full stand alone, whereas the following books do not. So don’t deprive yourself! 🙂

    • Thanks for the recommendation — audio may be the way to go! I’m excited to know that this one works as a stand-alone, so that I’m not necessarily committing to anything by reading the first one. 🙂

      • Now how book-nerdy is this, I’m happy for you that you might give it a shot, you’ll enjoy it! The narrator is terrific if you go that route.

  2. Yes I agree with the commenter above. You can definitely read this as a standalone novel. It’s funny and witty and quick to read, I definitely recommend it!!

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