Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch (Peter Grant #3)

My #3 Favorite read of 2013

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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.
A Spectacular 5 Stars

The best book in the series so far!  I continue to the sing the praises the British Apprentice Wizard.

I am enjoying how Peter Grant continues to explore magic through the eye of science.  This brings a refreshing and original take to magic in Urban Fantasy.  Magic is simply an extension of science and as usual, intellect rules the day.  Peter’s magic skills slowly grow, the magic serves as a secondary player in his investigations.

We are again graced with the presence of Lesley, the hard nosed, no nonsense police constable, who happened to have her face fall off in the first book.  She serves as a great balance and counter-point to Harry’s emotional style.

Through the first 3 books, there is far less of the standard UF fare, i.e. vampires, werewolves, faeries etc.  Since magic is a natural force in Harry’s world that can be transferred through various means, there are a wide variety of people and items that can take on “Magical” qualities.  Again, another reason the books are so engaging.

I’m looking forward to continuing with this amazing series.

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