Ben Aaronovitch‘s fifth Peter Grant novel, FOXGLOVE SUMMER, is out today in French paperback. Published as LES DISPARUES DE RUSHPOOL by J’ai Lu, here’s the synopsis…
L’agent Peter Grant, dernier apprenti sorcier et brillant enquêteur de la Police Métropolitaine de Londres — la Métro, pour les intimes – quitte cette fois la capitale britannique pour se rendre dans une petite bourgade du Herefordshire où les forces de police locales échouent à enrayer la vague d’enlèvements d’enfants dont leur communauté est victime.
Assisté de Beverley Brook, Peter se retrouve bientôt embourbé jusqu’au cou dans une affaire pour le moins louche. Passe encore le danger omniprésent, la mauvaise humeur des flics du coin, la franche hostilité des dieux locaux… mais des boutiques qui ferment à 4 heures de l’après-midi?!
In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London — to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.
Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm…
And, finally, just a few of the reviews praising the novel…
‘The very setup of the books is both urban and fantastic… The main story functions as an interesting thriller, and the additional commentary on the way the UK handles major incidents like the disappearance of children is both thought-provoking and carefully handled… FOXGLOVE SUMMER is evocative, mysterious, engaging, and, mostly, enormous amounts of fun. Fans of the Peter Grant series will not be disappointed, and those new to the books should start with Rivers in London, safe in the knowledge that the sequels are just as good.’ — Starburst
‘Ben Aaronovitch is in top form in this fifth Peter Grant novel… As ever, the realistic police procedural details ground the plot, but the wonderful and unexpected fantasy world that lurks just below the surface of reality makes this tale the rousing success that it is. The tension is high from the opening of this unpredictable story, but the gravity of Grant’s newest case doesn’t keep his snarky humor or his wry insight from shining through, making this a book that new readers and fans alike will relish.’ — RT Book Reviews (January 2015 Top Pick)
‘The combination—and frequently, the clash—of modern policing methods with magic and folklore remains a compelling juxtaposition… Peter’s voice remains compelling. It’s one of the most appealing things about this series. In removing him from his usual stomping grounds to the countryside, Aaronovitch takes the opportunity to cast a minor side-eye at the white uniformity and unthinking assumptions of part of Britain: as a mixed-race lad from London, Peter sticks out in Leominster… It’s amusing. It’s diverting. It’s fun…’ — Tor.com
‘A bloody good page turner… This is a book that I can’t recommend enough… a great jump on point for new readers, but it also keeps up the greatness of the previous four novels. 10/10’ — Cult Den
‘There are only a few urban fantasy series I would drop everything for, and this is one of them… A lot of urban fantasies sell themselves as mysteries, but this one actually feels like a mystery, with subtle clues dropped along the course of the investigation that the attentive reader might pick up and use later on to put together the pieces… Peter’s most hilarious lines are often laced with strong undertones of sarcasm and self-deprecation, and delivered with the kind of subtlety that contrasts greatly with the in-your-face type of snark that I’m so used to in my mostly American UF heroes and heroines… this book is a great example of how a series and its main character can grow while still retaining everything that makes the previous novels so great. An extraordinary fun ride that’s not to be missed.’ — Bibliosanctum (5* Review)