If you like urban fantasy stories with wizards solving crimes, like The Dresden Files, you should give a try to Rivers of London.
What is the Rivers of London series about?
Also known as The Peter Grant series, the Rivers of London series is written by English author Ben Aaronovitch. It’s composed of novels, short stories, audiobooks and graphic novels (written by Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, illustrated by Lee Sullivan).
This urban fantasy story is about Probationary Constable Peter Grant who, in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. His supernatural ability brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic. Now, Peter investigates crimes who took him into a world where gods and other supernatural creatures mingle with mortals.
Rivers of London Books in Order:
- Rivers of London (also title Midnight Riot) – Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost.
- Moon Over Soho – The song. That’s what Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.
- The Home Crowd Advantage – Short story taking place during the Olympic Games in London, 2012.
- Whispers Under Ground – It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher. With Inspector Nightingale tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter Grant to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and deadliest subway system in the world.
- Broken Homes – A mutilated body in Crawley. A killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, possibly an associate of the twisted wizard known as the Faceless Man. Or maybe just a garden-variety serial killer. Before Peter Grant can even get his head ’round the case, two more are dropped in his lap.
- Body Work (graphic novel) – Peter Grant must immediately deal with two different cases. In one he must find what is possessing ordinary people and turning them into vicious killers, and in the second he must broker a peace between the two warring gods of the River Thames.
- Foxglove Summer – When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire, Peter Grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural is involved. It’s purely routine—Nightingale thinks he’ll be done in less than a day. But Peter’s never been one to walk away from someone in trouble.
- Night Witch (graphic novel) – Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature – and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems!
- Black Mould (graphic novel) – Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not the usual stuff that smells funny and can be hell on the lungs, this mould is possessed by some dark power full of bad intentions. Looks like it’s another case for PC Peter Grant and his reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed!
- The October Man – (a novella) When a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. But fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything. Enter Tobias Winter, an investigator for the Abteilung KDA, the branch of the German Federal Criminal Police which handles the supernatural.
- The Furthest Station (short story) – There have been ghosts on the London Underground. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts seem to be looking for something. PC Peter Grant with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, must brave the terrifying crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.
- The Hanging Tree – Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the flats of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But the daughter of Lady Ty, influential goddess of the Tyburn river, was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favor.
- A Rare Book of Cunning Device (short audiobook story) – Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn’t looking forward to finding out….
- Detective Stories (graphic novel) – An anthology series of stories featuring PC Peter Grant, his partner, Sahra Guleed, and their associates, as they tackle supernatural crime on the streets of London.
- Cry Fox (graphic novel) – Vengeful Russian mobsters are looking to hire members of London’s supernatural underworld to bring bloody retribution down on the witch Varvara. However, the ex-Soviet sorcerer is under the protective wing of London’s own wizarding cop, Peter Grant.
- Water Weed (graphic novel) – When two of the less well-behaved River goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, Peter Grant and Bev find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette!
- Lies Sleeping – Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.