Lies Sleeping

By Ben Aaronvitch

ISBN: 978-0756415136
Publication Date: November 20, 2018



Review by Emma Boyd

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch is the 7th book in the Rivers of London Series  – and is probably one of my favorites thus far.   Peter Grant, Detective Constable, and apprentice wizard is once again trying to save London from destruction and bring The Faceless Man to justice.  Peter’s former best friend/colleague, Lesley May is back (with her face) and Peter is going to have to trust her again if he has a prayer of everything working out.  And then there is always Mr. Punch.

If you haven’t read the series, you should start from the beginning with Midnight Riot.  There is a ton of backstory that helps to explain some of the more complex storylines that I love Aaronovitch for weaving. At its heart, these stories are procedurals – with a kick.  There is magic, not the Harry Potter sort, exactly, more science-based than that, but still powerful magic.  There are ghosts and supernatural events, gods and goddesses and of course, the Rivers of London.  

For fans of urban fantasy, procedurals, and modern English culture, these books are a kick!  For an American, you may have to break out Google to define a few of his colloquial terms, but for me, that adds to the fun.  Reading these books has certainly added to my vocabulary.  I am grateful to Ben Aaronovitch for helping to keep the magic alive in these very unmagical times.