Foxglove Summer

Cover Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Foxglove Summer is the fifth book in the series about Peter Grant, police constable in the Metropolitan Police and apprentice wizard with a special connection to certain rivers. It starts where the previous book in the series, Broken Homes, ended. Grant takes the chance to change the pace to and leave London and instead stay a while in Herefordshire where two young girls have disappeared. What then starts as a seemingly ordinary case of missing children then gets elements of an ordinary episode of Midsomer Murders mixed with the extraordinarities of the kind that the police work of Peter Grant usually belongs.

I think that Foxglove Summer is the best book so far in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. The story is told in a more focused way so that the different personalities of the people involved in the story get a much more prominent profile. Still, of course, the book is at heart a police procedurial with some supernatural elements, told in a relaxed fashion. It thus keeps my favourite elements from earlier books, while adding more focus into the story. It is still light-weight entertainment, but it is charming. And once again, the book ends in an unexpected way with many loose ends in the storyline, so I will have to continue following the series.

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