My mum is a huge fan of the hit cult supernatural Rivers of London series (she's got every one!) and when I was given the chance to review Foxglove Summer she was the one to jump at it! So in her second guest review on my blog, here are Mother Butterfly's thoughts on Mr A's latest offering!
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch is the fifth book in his Peter Grant series. For those who have read the first four, I think you will enjoy this one just as much as the others. For anyone who hasn’t tried this series – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!
For all you fantasy, magic and weird creature fans this series is a must. These books are exciting, funny and have you reaching out to turn the next page. Foxglove Summer takes Peter out of London and into Leominster (in Herefordshire) and the surrounding villages, looking into missing children case.
We meet up with some regular characters again like Nightingale and Beverly but we also meet some new and interesting ones. I won’t go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil it for you but even more lines between the real world and the magical world are blurred giving us (and Peter) a glimpse of what is behind the veil.
Peter finds out a bit more about the weird and wonderful Molly, housekeeper at the Folly, and he even gets a bit of romance going on – we’ll have to watch this to see if it continues on the next book. It’s about time he had some luck in this department isn’t it! He works with the local constabulary in Leominster to find the missing children but of course this being Peter Grant, things are not as straight forward as a normal police case would be.
Ben Aaronovitch also gives us a look into the world of police investigations which is very interesting and as he makes the effort to do his research, probably quite accurate. He makes the characters in his books so real (yes, even the weird ones!) and you find yourself either liking or disliking them as you get to know them better.
All in all, I can’t wait for the next book to be released – so Ben...write quicker please!