The Third Issue of ACTION AT A DISTANCE, soon in your hands!


Above you can see the striking cover for the third issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s ACTION AT A DISTANCE! The seventh Rivers of London comic series, here’s the synopsis…

The World War II secrets of Nightingale’s past catch up with him in the latest story in Ben Aaronovitch’s best selling series.

Series artwork is by Brian Williamson (art) and Stefani Renne (colours).

All of the Rivers of London comic series have been published by Titan Comics. The third issue of ACTION AT A DISTANCE is due to be published on December 19th, 2018.

In Deutschland passiert etwas Seltsames… (THE OCTOBER MAN)


Yesterday, Gollancz announced that they have acquired Ben Aaronovitch‘s next Peter Grant novella! Gollancz will be publishing THE OCTOBER MAN in June 2019 in the UK. The novella will be published simultaneously in North America by Subterranean Press.

Here’s what Ben had to say about the upcoming book and deal:

‘So you thought Britain was the only country with cops who do magic? Think again. I’m very happy that Gollancz are willing to continue my foray into novellas. The series has always had lots of avid fans in Germany and I thought it was about time they had their own character and we learnt what their wizards have been up to.’

Here’s the synopsis…

Tobias Winter has been assigned to the Abteilung KDA — the Department for Complex and Unspecific Matters.

Despite the intriguing department name, as Winter explains, dealing with the strange and the supernatural is ‘actually 90% paperwork’. But this is a story about the other 10% of the job: the life-threatening danger part.

This is a tale about the Queen of the Harvest, the October Man, and the little-known time the vineyard around Trier started to eat people…

Winter may be P.C. Peter Grant’s German counterpart, but surviving this investigation is entirely down to him…

Here’s what Gollancz and Subterranean Press had to say about the deal…

‘The novella is becoming an increasingly successful and vibrant format in publishing and, as the success of his bestselling novella THE FURTHEST STATION showed, Ben Aaronovitch is gifted at writing them,’ said Gillian Redfearn, Publishing Director of Gollancz. ‘It’s fabulous to welcome a new detective to the Rivers of London universe.’

‘We’re delighted to be publishing signed, numbered and lettered editions of THE OCTOBER MAN, on the heels of our first novella with Ben, THE FURTHEST STATION,’  adds William Schafer, publisher of Subterranean Press. ‘With its unrivalled wit and rightfully beloved characters, the Rivers of London series is one of our favourites. We’re so pleased to be a part of its story.’

Gollancz has published all of the Peter Grant novels in the UK. Subterranean Press also published the first novella, THE FURTHEST STATION in North America. The novels are published in North America by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7). The series has been published widely in translation, with more editions on the horizon!

Learn a little more about Nightingale’s past in ACTION AT A DISTANCE #2 – out today!


The second issue in RIVERS OF LONDON: ACTION AT A DISTANCE is out today in print and digital! Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, here’s the synopsis…

Wizarding cop Peter Grant delves deeper into the secret past of his mentor Nightingale.

That’s… a pretty short synopsis. In this seventh Rivers of London comic series, Peter Grant uncovers his mentor’s occult service during World War II! Series art is by Brian Williamson, and colours by Stefani Renne.

Featuring characters from Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling, critically-acclaimed Peter Grant series, ACTION AT A DISTANCE #2 is published by Titan Comics. Titan has also published the first six series, all of which are now available in collected digital and paperback editions.

All of Ben’s Peter Grant novels and novellas are published in the UK by Gollancz. The series is published in North America by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-7) and Subterranean Press (novellas). The series has also been published in many different languages around the world.

Andrew Cartmel is the author of the Vinyl Detective series, published by Titan Books.

LIES SLEEPING is out now in North America!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated new, seventh Peter Grant novel, LIES SLEEPING is out now in the UK! Published by DAW Books, here’s the synopsis…

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, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan.

A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague — Lesley May — who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch…

LIES SLEEPING is also out now in the UK, published by Gollancz (who have published all of the books in the series). The rest of the series is published in North America by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-7) and Subterranean Press (novellas). The series has also been published widely in translation.

No more sleeps until LIES SLEEPING!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated new Peter Grant novel, LIES SLEEPING is out now in the UK! Lose sleep as you stay up all night reading the seventh novel in the best-selling series, published by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis…

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, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan.

A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague — Lesley May — who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch…

LIES SLEEPING is due to be published in North America by DAW Books next week (November 20th). All of the Peter Grant novels (and the first novella) are published in the UK by Gollancz. The series is published in North America by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-) and Subterranean Press (novellas). The series has also been published widely in translation.

Fans of the series can also meet Ben as he tours the UK signing copies of the new novel. Here are the details:

The Seventh Doctor’s collected OPERATION VOLCANO arrives!


The collected edition of Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch‘s Seventh Doctor comic series is out today in all book and comic stores (also digitally)! Published by Titan Comics, here’s the synopsis for OPERATION VOLCANO

An unknown alien intelligence in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts under attack. A terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself at stake. Counter Measures activated.

And the Seventh Doctor and Ace slap bang in the middle of it all! This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

This brand new comic adventure features the Seventh Doctor and Ace, as played by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, from the writers of the fan favourite episode Remembrance of the Daleks, which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2018 – Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London)!

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Seventh Doctor, or you’ve yet to have the pleasure, this accessible, big-budget movie extravaganza welcomes everyone with an all-new epic!

Includes a back-up comic written by Richard Dinnick (Twelfth Doctor) with art by Jessica Martin (Doctor Who actress).

Andrew and Ben are also the authors of the Rivers of London comic series, also published by Titan Comics and set in the same universe as Ben’s Peter Grant novels. Andrew is also the author of the acclaimed Vinyl Detective novels, published by Titan Books.

There’s some SUSURROS SUBTERRÁNEOS in Spain…


Ben Aaronovitch‘s best-selling, critically-acclaimed third Peter Grant novel WHISPERS UNDERGROUND is out now in Spain! Published by Oz Editoral as SUSURROS SUBTERRÁNEOS, here’s the synopsis…

Es hora de llamar de nuevo al agente Peter Grant, el último mago de Gran Bretaña

Es Navidad, y Peter Grant recibe una llamada de la inspectora Stephanopoulos: debe investigar un asesinato en uno de los túneles del metro de Londres en Baker Street, un lugar tenebroso, húmedo y con un pasado muy oscuro. Todos los indicios apuntan a que una fuerza mágica ha intervenido en la muerte de la víctima, James Gallagher, hijo de un senador estadounidense. El FBI envía a la agente Kimberly Reynolds para colaborar en la investigación y Peter se verá obligado a ocultarle cualquier atisbo de magia. En las oscuras entrañas de la ciudad, plagadas de cloacas victorianas y ríos enterrados, resuenan los susurros de unos espíritus torturados que buscan venganza…

Oz Editorial has also published the first two books in the series: RIVERS OF LONDON as RÍOS DE LONDRES, and MOON OVER SOHO as LA LUNA SOBRE EL SOHO.

WHISPERS UNDERGROUND is published in the UK by Gollancz and North America by Del Rey. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well — he’s already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the Police Force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn’t even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at. And then there’s his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn’t his fault, but still.

Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it. Time to call in the Met’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka ‘The Folly’. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britain’s Last Wizard.

The whole series is published in the UK by Gollancz (in print, eBook and audio). The novels are published in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7), and the novellas are published by Subterranean Press. The novels have been published widely in translation.

The Seventh Doctor’s latest adventure collected next month!


On November 14th, Titan Comics are due to publish the collected edition of Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch‘s Seventh Doctor comic series, OPERATION VOLCANO!

An unknown alien intelligence in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts under attack. A terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself at stake. Counter Measures activated.

And the Seventh Doctor and Ace slap bang in the middle of it all! This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

This brand new comic adventure features the Seventh Doctor and Ace, as played by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, from the writers of the fan favourite episode Remembrance of the Daleks, which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2018 – Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London)!

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Seventh Doctor, or you’ve yet to have the pleasure, this accessible, big-budget movie extravaganza welcomes everyone with an all-new epic!

Includes a back-up comic written by Richard Dinnick (Twelfth Doctor) with art by Jessica Martin (Doctor Who actress).

Ben and Andrew also co-author the Rivers of London comic series, which are also published by Titan Comics. The first six of the stories have also been published as collected editions.

New German Dramatization of DIE FLÜSSE VON LONDON!


Audible Germany has released an exclusive, German-language dramatization of Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novel! RIVERS OF LONDON, published in Germany as DIE FLÜSSE VON LONDON, is published in print, eBook and regular-audio book by DTV. Here’s the synopsis…

Die Spiegel-Bestseller rund um Police Constable Peter Grant und seine magischen Kriminalfälle gibt es jetzt erstmals als Audible Original Hörspiel: witzig, britisch und bis zum Schluss voller spannender Rätsel.

Peter Grant ist Police Constable in London mit einer ausgeprägten Begabung fürs Magische. Dies stellt er fest, als er zum Tatort eines grausamen Mordes beordert wird und pflichtbewusst beginnt, einen Zeugen zu befragen, der sich jedoch ziemlich schnell als Geist herausstellt. Von da ab wird Peters Leben kompliziert, denn Inspector Thomas Nightingale, Exzentriker, Jaguar-Fahrer und letzter Zauberer Englands macht ihn kurzerhand zu seinem Lehrling. Eine zauberhafte Aufgabe, die Peters Wissen über Verbrechensbekämpfung, Latein und das Leben an sich auf die Probe stellt.

“Die Flüsse von London” ist der erste Teil der “Magischen Fälle des Peter Grant”-Reihe vom britischen Erfolgsautor Ben Aaronovitch.

DTV has published the whole Peter Grant series to date in Germany.

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz; in the US by Del Rey, DAW Books and Subterranean Press; and has been published widely in translation.

Today: ACTION AT A DISTANCE, in your hands!


The first issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s latest Rivers of London comic series, ACTION AT A DISTANCE is out today! Published by Titan Comics in print and digital editions, here’s the to-the-point synopsis…

The secret history of Nightingale is revealed for the first time, as wizarding cop, Peter Grant uncovers his mentor’s occult service in World War II!

This series has a new art team, too: Brian Williamson (art) and Stefani Renne (colours).

Titan Comics has also published the first six Rivers of London comic series, all of which are now available in collected editions (paperback and digital).

First four Rivers of London Comic Series Boxset out soon!


We’re very happy to report that the first three Rivers of London comic series by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s will be available in a box set at the end of the month! Published by Titan Comics on October 31st, here’s the synopsis…

Dive in at the beginning of the bestselling cops and wizards series from chart-topping author (and comics writer) Ben Aaronovitch, with this Box Set Edition of the first three graphic novels! A stunning box set edition of the bestselling first three graphic novels in the Rivers of London sequence, including a set of Rivers of London postcards! Starring Ben Aaronovitch’s laconic trainee wizard and budding detective, Peter Grant, these all-new adventures are essential parts of the smash-hit novel continuity!

In the first volume, Body Work, Police Constable Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, tackle a car on a killing spree-without a driver. In Night Witch, Peter and Nightingale are caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature – and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. In the third volume, Black Mould, something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London, so Peter is joined by a reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed!

The fourth, fifth and sixth series are also available as collected editions: DETECTIVE STORIES, CRY FOX and WATER WEED. The next series, ACTION AT A DISTANCE begins soon!

The collected edition of RIVERS OF LONDON: WATER WEED is out this week!


The graphic novel edition of Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s sixth Rivers of London comic series, WATER WEED is out this week! Published by Titan Comics, it collects all four issues from the series into a single paperback (or eBook) edition. Here’s the synopsis…

Two rogue river goddesses tangle wizarding cop Peter Grant in a sordid drug-smuggling operation in a new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in his best-selling Rivers of London novel series!

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!

Wizarding cop Peter and river spirit Beverley are drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette! Can they overcome corruption, or will they be fatally entangled in the weed?

Titan Comics has published all of the Rivers of London comics to date (with more to come!).

ACTION AT A DISTANCE, not as far away as we thought!


Above you can see the cover for the first issue in the next Rivers of London comic series! ACTION AT A DISTANCE, the seventh comic storyline to be set in the same universe as Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant novels, is co-written by Andrew Cartmel, and due to be published by Titan Comics on October 17th. Here’s the (very brief) synopsis…

The secret history of Nightingale is revealed for the first time, as wizarding cop, Peter Grant uncovers his mentor’s occult service in World War II!

ACTION AT A DISTANCE will also feature artwork by a new team: Brian Williamson and with colours by Stefani Renne. Titan Comics has also published the other six Rivers of London comic series: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD, DETECTIVE STORIES, CRY FOX and WATER WEED.

MOON OVER Romania…


MOON OVER SOHO, the second novel in Ben Aaronovitch‘s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Peter Grant series, is coming soon in Romania! Due to be published by Editura Herg Benet as SOHO ÎN LUMINA LUNII in November, the cover’s above and here’s the synopsis…

Cântecul. Asta remarcă întâi de toate polițistul și ucenicul vrăjitor Peter Grant atunci când examinează trupul lui Cyrus Wilkins, cântăreț de jazz în timpul liber și contabil pentru restul vieții, care aparent a murit de acat de cord în timp ce cânta pe scena Club 666 din cartierul Soho al Londrei. Ritmul vechilor melodii de jazz se ridică din corpul său ‒ un semn clar că ceva la moartea bărbatului nu este natural, ci supranatural.

Trup și suflet. Asta este și ceea ce riscă Peter Grant pentru a investiga o serie de decese similare din zona Soho. Cu ajutorul ofițerului său superior, Inspector Șef Thomas Nightingale, ultimul vrăjitor din Anglia, și cu asistența frumoasei fane a lumii jazz-ului Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter descoperă o primejdie magică letală ‒ una care conduce la treptele propriei case și la o promisiune uitată a unui tânăr muzician: talentatul cântăreț de trompetă Richard „Lord“ Grant ‒ altfel cunoscut ca dragul tată al lui Peter.

Herg Benet have also published the first book in the series, RIVERS OF LONDON, as RÂURILE DIN LONDRA.

MOON OVER SOHO is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey, and widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Peter Grant is not just a lowly Detective Constable, he’s also apprenticed to the last wizard in Britain: policing will never be the same again!

I was my dad’s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that’s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it’s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn’t the first.

No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn’t trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus’ ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens’ portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.

And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard ‘Lord’ Grant — my father — who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That’s the thing about policing: most of the time you’re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you’re doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you’re doing it for revenge.

Here, also, are some of the various translation covers…

And here are just a handful of the reviews the novel has received since it was first published…

‘The excitement and entertainment hasn’t stopped in the slightest…  this book once again blew my mind, and kept me reading well into the late night/early morning. You needn’t pick up RIVERS OF LONDON, Aaronovitch’s first in this series, but you’d regret it by the time you got to the end of MOON OVER SOHO and found out how good it was.’ Fantasy Book Review

‘… as funny as it is fantastic… [The plot] hops along happily to a toe-tapping time signature, with a sweet solo here and an awesome cacophony of noise there… vast amounts of fun…’ Speculative Scotsman

MOON OVER SOHO is very good. Ben Aaronovitch continues the successful formula of RIVERS OF LONDON in bringing to the surface the endearing minutae of a city that he clearly adores. He also demonstrates the “real world” problems of a ritual magician trying to have some sort of ‘normal’ life… Grant continues to observe his world(s) in a detached way – a narrative voice that lends itself well to dry humor (and fits less neatly with the book’s few over-the-top action scenes). Mr. Aaronovitch is, in short, writing the best contemporary occult detective series on the shelf today, and that’s by a substantial margin.’ Pornokitsch

‘A fantastic follow-up to MIDNIGHT RIOT. Aaronovitch does a great job of bringing even minor characters to life. One of Grant’s fellow cops, Leslie, plays a minor role throughout the story – but her involvement is an emotional cornerstone that brings a surprisingly bittersweet element into play… MOON OVER SOHO is an excellent addition to the paranormal police genre.’ Examiner

WATER WEED Wednesday this Week!


This Wednesday (19th), the fourth issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s WATER WEED arrives in stores! The sixth in the authors’ Rivers of London comic series, here’s the synopsis for the Titan Comics-published issue…

Wizarding cop Peter goes in without backup to face the drug-smuggling queenpin Hoodette! A whole new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in the best-selling novel series Rivers of London!

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!

Titan Comics has published all of the critically-acclaimed Rivers of London comic series so far. The first five are available in collected editions, now, and WATER WEED will be collected later this year. All of the comics have been illustrated by Lee Sullivan, and coloured by Luis Guerrero.

The Rivers of London comics are set in the Peter Grant universe of Ben’s best-selling, critically-acclaimed novels. Later this year, the seventh instalment is due to be published: LIES SLEEPING! The first six novels and first novella are out now! The novels are published by Gollancz in the UK; Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7) in the US; and widely in translation (check out Ben’s page for more details). The novella, THE FURTHEST STATION, is published in the US by Subterranean Press.