There are two storylines running through Moon Over Soho: one that begins and ends with this book, involving a string of suspicious deaths, all of them jazz musicians. The other centres on a mysterious, faceless, unknown sorcerer running around London killing and conducting his own Dr. Moreau type experiments, and the reader is left hanging as to its resolution, presumably because it will come back up in future books.
I knew how the first story line would play out by the time I got to a page that falls somewhere in the range of 40-60 (I won't give the exact page number because I don't want to risk spoilers). This is why my rating is only 3.5 stars. The story is still good, but it's definitely hampered by knowing the ending, and wanting to smack Peter for not figuring out what was right in front of him a lot sooner. To give credit though, I did not foresee how he would try to resolve the situation; I liked it, even though it didn't work out quite the way he's hoped.
I love the tone and humor in the novel. Peter Grant is a great guy to hang out with. The music riffs were nice too.
Yet, the big reveal was something that anyone, including a bug, could have seen coming and quite frankly, the fact that Grant didn't see it was stupid.
I did like the morality debate at the end though
Series: Peter Grant #2
Musicians are dropping dead after gigs and there's a whiff of magic around their bodies...
I really like these audiobooks; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a great job. There's only one voice that I have trouble understanding for long speeches but I guess that's kind of intentional. This particular book does get on my nerves in a few spots because I want to give Peter a smack for being an idiot, but it's still really entertaining. It's also weird to hear Guleed referred to as Somali Ninja Girl (Peter first meets her in this book).
I'm counting this as my Free square for the Halloween Bingo. It could also be used for "Murder Most Foul", "Serial/Spree Killer" (ethically-challenged wizard's victims AND musician victims - although the latter is a bit debatable), "Vampires" (hey, they use the term), maybe "Witches" (someone's called a witch, but again it's debatable), "Supernatural", "Monsters" (real cat-people), and "Darkest London". Did I miss any?
I read "Moon Over Soho" by Ben Aaronovitch for the "Magical Realism" square.
Please note that some things mentioned below may spoil the events in book #1.
"Moon Over Soho" is the second book in the Peter Grant series. Due to a lot of us participating in Halloween bingo are reading this book, I am just going to keep this to a high level review.
First, I really liked all of the characters (Peter, Leslie, Nightingale, Peter's mom and dad, the jazz band guys).
Peter though I found to be way more than a little naive in this one. And I don't know, I found myself irritated with him for just not realizing something that I picked up on at a good 50 percent of the book. Don't want to spoil for others, but let's just say I was the least surprised person ever when a reveal popped up.
I wanted more of Leslie in this one. After the events in book #1, Leslie is laying low and trying to put her life and her poor face back together. I don't get it, I thought that Peter was a bit thoughtless towards her character. Now that she's not attractive anymore it seems he lost interest. Which doesn't speak well of him. I have to think more on that.
We do get some nice asides to Peter's family and his mother and father I found to be very cute together. I also liked Peter's commentary on black female hair (it's all true).
The writing was really good and just like in book #1 I laughed. One particular scene with Peter telling Nightingale that calling someone a black wizard was offensive towards black people was funny. Poor Nightingale. Can we please get a side story about his days before he joined the police?
The flow dragged for me in this though. Probably because as I said, I realized where the story was going after a lot of clues where laid out. I just got fed up with Peter for not being that smart. Also his complaining about magical training is getting old. Either suck it up, or don't do it anymore.
The ending left us with a little surprise and I wonder how that will play out in future books.