Next week: WATER WEED…


Next week, the first issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s next Rivers of London comic series arrives in stores! WATER WEED #1 will be published by Titan Comics on Wednesday, June 20th. Here’s the synopsis…

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames! When two of the less well-behaved River goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, Peter and Bev find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette!

WATER WEED is the sixth Rivers of London comic series, the first five of which are also available from Titan Comics: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD, DETECTIVE STORIES, and CRY FOX. The art for all of the series so far is by Lee Sullivan, with colours by Luis Guerrero.

GEISTER AUF DER METROPOLITAN LINE out now in German audio…


Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION is available now in German audio! Narrated by Dietmar Wunder (who is also the German voice of James Bond), the audiobook is published by Goya Lit as GEISTER AUF DER METROPOLITAN LINE. here’s the synopsis…

Geistersichtungen in der Londoner U-Bahn. Aufruhr und Chaos unter den Pendlern. Police Constable und Zauberlehrling Peter Grant nimmt, gemeinsam mit ein paar alten Bekannten, die Ermittlungen auf. Unschlagbar witzig, schräg und originell erzählt.

The German print edition of the novella, as well as the novels in the series, are published by DTV.

THE FURTHEST STATION is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Subterranean Press. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

The novels in the series are also published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7).

OPERATION VOLCANO commences!


The first issue in Andrew Cartmel‘s new comic series, DOCTOR WHO: 7TH DOCTOR — OPERATION VOLCANO, is released today! Executive produced by Ben Aaronovitch, and published by Titan Comics, here’s the synopsis…

In Titan Comics’ new mini-series, 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. The Seventh Doctor and Ace are slap bang in the middle of it all! This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

Andrew was a long-time showrunner of Doctor Who; and Ben is the author of the fan-favourite 7th Doctor novel, REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS, which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary this year. This double-sized first issue is available with four variant covers (above and below), and includes a short back-up story, written by Richard Dinnick (Twelfth Doctor) with art by Jessica Martin (Doctor Who actress). You can check out a preview from the issue here.

Ben and Andrew are also the authors of the Rivers of London comic series, also published by Titan Comics, and based on Ben’s Peter Grant series or novels and novellas.

Andrew is also the author of the Vinyl Detective series, published in the UK and US by Titan Books.

PEUR SUR LA LIGNE out on Wednesday!


This Wednesday, J’ai Lu are due to published Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION. Published in French as PEUR SUR LA LIGNE, here’s the synopsis…

Comme tous les matins, vous prenez votre métro ou votre train de banlieue pour gagner le centre-ville de Londres où vous attend une rude journée de travail. L’attente, les bousculades, la morosité des autres voyageurs sont votre lot quotidien. Même l’occasionnel illuminé qui braille et gesticule ne vous émeut plus. Mais là, c’est différent : qui sont ces étranges personnages vêtus de façon anachronique qui, tous, essaient de vous communiquer un message urgent? Le plus curieux, c’est que vous oubliez presque aussitôt leur existence… Hum, de quoi parle-t-on déjà?

Aucun doute, cela relève du domaine de compétence de l’agent Peter Grant, pour l’occasion accompagné d’une stagiaire encombrante et d’un chien détecteur de fantômes à la fiabilité toute relative…

The novella, which is set between FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE (books five and six), is published in the UK by Gollancz, the US by Subterranean Press, and is also available in Germany (DTV). Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.

It’s PC Peter Grant’s speciality…

Only it’s more than going ‘bump’. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter — making the follow up interviews rather difficult.

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, France by J’ai Lu, the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and in Germany by DTV. It has also been published widely in other territories. Here are the UK covers, in chronological order…

The Czech edition of THE HANGING TREE is out now!


The Czech edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s sixth Peter Grant novel, THE HANGING TREE is out now! Published by Argo as STROM VISELCŮ, here’s the synopsis…

Policejní konstábl Peter Grant se po prazvláštním dobrodružství na anglickém venkově vrací do Londýna. Netrvá dlouho a v hlavním městě se opět začnou dít věci. Byť zpočátku jen nenápadně… Prostá podezřelá úmrtí obvykle nebývají doménou Rozmaru. Ani když k jednomu takovému dojde na divokém večírku v jednom z nejdražších obytných domů v londýnském centru. Jenže téhle party se účastnila i dcera lady Tyburn, jíž Peter dluží laskavost za jistou dřívější výpomoc. Během chvilky se tak ocitne v neznámém světě superboháčů a zlaté mládeže, v rezidencích s obrovskými suterény a exkluzivními bazény, na místech, kde se čile obchoduje s nebezpečnými a esoterickými materiály. Rozumný mladý policista by se držel zpátky a nevystrkoval hlavu, ale nebyl by to Peter, aby se při vyšetřování nedostal někam hodně daleko. Naskýtá se mu tak jedinečná příležitost ztratit sympatie starých přátel a vytvořit si nové nepřátele ve sféře, kde se mísí svět magie a výsostných práv. Zároveň objevuje nové spojence a dostává se závratně blízko jednomu z velkých hráčů… Nejčerstvější z dobrodružství Petera Granta, kterých se prodalo už přes milion výtisků, je zde.

Argo have now published the first six novels in Ben’s Peter Grant series.

THE HANGING TREE is published by Gollancz  in the UK, DAW Books in the US. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.

He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…

Here are just a few of the reviews the novel has received…

‘Fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series will be delighted to discover that this latest instalment is just as good a the previous five. Those new to the books (and who for some reason decide to jump in at this point) will also be pleased to learn that this clean and well thought out novel  doesn’t require prior knowledge to be fun… The pace is constant, strong and relentless throughout. Ben Aaronovitch is a master of metropolitan magical mayhem and the action is delightful. This is a tight thriller which is compelling and buckets of fun. If you already know the series, it’s high time you got re-acquainted.’ Starburst

‘The opening mystery, however, is a new one and twists in interesting ways. Aaronovitch makes channeling Grant look easy – and the result never feels overwrought even when it gets serious.’ Locus

‘[H]ijinks, explosions, property destruction on the million-pound scale, a rival tradition of British wizardry (or rather witchery) that isn’t too happy with Nightingale’s old boys’ club tradition, and interfering American military contractors. And yes, the Faceless Man. Narrated with Aaronovitch’s trademark blend of wit, sarcasm, and police acronyms, THE HANGING TREE is a breeze of a supernatural detective thriller.’ Tor.com

THE HANGING TREE is easy, joyful reading that builds the suspends as the book progresses, culminating in an effective, if somewhat nail-biting ending that leaves you wanting more. Highly recommended Urban Fantasy.’ SF Book Reviews

‘Very much worth the wait… If you’ve been following along all this time, then this book is definitely not to be missed, especially in light of the significant revelations dropped on us in the latter half of the story… a real game-changer. While it did end rather abruptly, it’s clear that Peter and the gang will have to tread even more carefully going forward, and the next book should be very interesting indeed. Now if I can only survive the wait…’ Bibliosanctum

Peter Grant reaches THE FURTHEST STATION in Germany!


THE FURTHEST STATION, Ben Aaronovitch‘s critically-acclaimed first Peter Grant novella is out now in Germany! Published by DTV as GEISTER AUF DER METROPOLITAN LINE, here’s the synopsis…

Nach dem umwerfenden Erfolg von ›Der Galgen von Tyburn‹ kommt hier Nachschub für alle, die sehnlichst auf Neues aus dem Reich der Flüsse von London warten: Geistersichtungen auf der Metropolitan Line der Londoner U-Bahn! Chaos unter den Pendlern ist die Folge. Police Constable und Zauberlehrling Peter Grant nimmt ‒ mit ein paar guten alten Bekannten ‒ die Ermittlungen auf.

The novella is published by Subterranean Press in the US and Gollancz in the UK. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.

It’s PC Peter Grant’s speciality…

Only it’s more than going ‘bump’. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter – making the follow up interviews rather difficult.

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

The novels in the series are also published by DTV in Germany and Gollancz in the UK, and are published in North America by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7). Here are just a few of the reviews the novella has received since publication…

‘Aaronvitch guarantees a thrilling read; his style and approach to world building are simply too tight and too accomplished not to. THE FURTHEST STATION is a strong example of compact and intense storytelling… We get some nice character development, especially via Peter’s cousin. She’s beginning to dabble in magic herself, which is a little like learning to juggle hand live hand grenades, and this provides a decent B-plot. THE FURTHEST STATION is short, but perfectly formed.’ Starburst

‘An excellent entry point to the Peter Grant series for newcomers who like their urban fantasies rendered with a light touch… The story is intriguing enough to pull readers along, and Peter’s dry humor will linger in the memory.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Though it be but little, this newest adventures of PC Peter Grant (technically book 5.7 in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series) is fiercely entertaining; the endlessly imaginative Aaronovitch is in top form. Perhaps because there is so much intrigue, ghostly action and unique characterization packed into such a comparatively small space, the deft blend of supernatural adventure and police procedural is particularly impressive here, as Grant is called upon to use all the tools at his disposal, both the magical and the mundane.’ RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

THE FURTHEST STATION apart from being a great and (please, please ) filmable story offers a very atmospheric visit to London. It’s a place of hidden history most of us fail to see the magic of when visiting for business reasons. This novel opens up the mythology and, alongside the comedy-drama, I got a strong desire to see all the locations. The sense of place along with the likeable and relatable cast of characters go a long way to imprinting these stories and I can’t wait to read the next.’ SF Crowsnest

French coverage of THE FURTHEST LINE…


Next month (June 6th, to be exact), J’ai Lu are due to publish the French edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s THE FURTHEST STATION! The first novella in the Peter Grant series will be called PEUR SUR LA LIGNE in France. Here’s the synopsis…

Comme tous les matins, vous prenez votre métro ou votre train de banlieue pour gagner le centre-ville de Londres où vous attend une rude journée de travail. L’attente, les bousculades, la morosité des autres voyageurs sont votre lot quotidien. Même l’occasionnel illuminé qui braille et gesticule ne vous émeut plus. Mais là, c’est différent : qui sont ces étranges personnages vêtus de façon anachronique qui, tous, essaient de vous communiquer un message urgent? Le plus curieux, c’est que vous oubliez presque aussitôt leur existence… Hum, de quoi parle-t-on déjà?

Aucun doute, cela relève du domaine de compétence de l’agent Peter Grant, pour l’occasion accompagné d’une stagiaire encombrante et d’un chien détecteur de fantômes à la fiabilité toute relative…

J’ai Lu have published all of Ben’s French editions to date. Set between FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE, the novella is published in the UK by Gollancz (who have published all of the books so far) and in the US by Subterranean Press. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.

It’s PC Peter Grant’s speciality…

Only it’s more than going ‘bump’. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter – making the follow up interviews rather difficult.

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

The latest book in the series, LIES SLEEPING, is due to be published in November by Gollancz (UK) and DAW Books (US). Here are the complete new, English-language series covers…

Peter Grant gets a new set of new jackets…


A couple of weeks ago, the cover for the highly-anticipated LIES SLEEPING was unveiled. You may, however, have missed that all of Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant novels (and the novella) have been re-jacketed! Above you can see all eight of the UK covers, in chronological order. We think you’ll agree that they’re rather nice, and they look great all together!

Ben’s Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz., and currently includes: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER, THE FURTHEST STATION (the novella), THE HANGING TREE and LIES SLEEPING. Ben has also been writing the Rivers of London comic series (with Andrew Cartmel), published by Titan Comics.

MOON OVER… Spain


The second novel in Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant series, MOON OVER SOHO, is out now in Spain! Published by Oz Editorial as LA LUNA SOBRE EL SOHO, here’s the synopsis…

Vuelve Peter Grant, el detective más mágico de Scotland Yard

Cyrus Wilkins, bajista de jazz por las noches y contable de día, sufre un ataque al corazón durante una actuación en el Club 606 del Soho. Cuando el detective de Scotland Yard y aprendiz de mago Peter Grant examina su cadáver, no puede evitar fijarse en la canción que emerge del cuerpo de la víctima… un claro indicio de que una fuerza sobrenatural acabó con su vida. Con la ayuda de su padre, el famoso trompetista Lord Grant; el inspector Nightingale, el último mago de Inglaterra; y la hermosa y misteriosa aficionada al jazz Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter tratará de acabar con una magia muy poderosa que amenaza la vida en el célebre y pintoresco barrio del Soho.

Oz Editorial have also recently published the first book in the series, RIVERS OF LONDON, as RÍOS DE LONDRES.

MOON OVER SOHO is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey, and has also been published 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.

Gollancz has published all of the novels in the series so far, as well as the first novella (pictured below in chronological order). The first three books are published in the US by Del Rey, the fourth onwards by DAW Books, and the novella by Subterranean Press. The cover for the highly-anticipated seventh novel, LIES SLEEPING, was unveiled earlier this week.

LIES SLEEPING under the cover…


The cover for Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated seventh Peter Grant novel, LIES SLEEPING, was unveiled today by Waterstones (see the Tweet and animated reveal, below) and Unbound Worlds! Due to be published in November by Gollancz (UK) and DAW Books (US), 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…

November can’t come quickly enough! Here are the (UK) covers, in chronological order…

Waterstones will also have a limited stock of signed hardcover editions of LIES SLEEPING, which you can pre-order here. Here, too, is Waterstones’ Tweet, unveiling the cover…

CRY FOX, collectively, in June!


The collected edition of the fifth Rivers of London comic series, CRY FOX is due to be published by Titan Comics in June! Above you can see the cover for the trade paperback. The series is written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, with art by Lee Sullivan and colours by Luis Guerrero. Here’s the synopsis…

CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch, writer of the bestselling Rivers of London supernatural police procedural crime novel series!

Vengeful Russian mobsters are looking to hire members of London’s own more-then-natural 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 (now a proper detective and everything), and to get the attention of Grant and his colleagues, the the daughter of a prominent Russian oligarch is kidnapped by parties unknown but possibly fox-like. What makes it worse is that Peter is going to have to leave his beloved London and *gasp* go out into the countryside! And when there’s trees and fields and wildlife involved, things never end well…

The first four series have also been published as collected paperbacks and digital editions: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD and DETECTIVE STORIES.

Ben’s Peter Grant series of novels is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and widely in translation. The seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING is due out later this year. (We’ll share more information and the cover as it becomes available.)

 

RIVERS OF LONDON out now in Romania!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s global conquest continues apace! The first Peter Grant novel, RIVERS OF LONDON is available now in Romania! Published by Editura Herg Benet as RÂURILE DIN LONDRA, here’s the synopsis…

Ofițerul stagiar Peter Grant visează să ajungă detectiv al Poliției Metropolitane din Londra. Păcat că superiorii lui au de gând să îl repartizeze Unității de Progresie a Investigațiilor, unde cel mai mare pericol pe care l-ar putea înfrunta este să se aleagă cu o tăietură de la hârtiile birocrației moderne. Însă perspectivele de carieră și de viață ale lui Peter se schimbă după ce are loc o crimă neobișnuită, iar el intervievează un martor ocular care se întâmplă să fie și fantomă. Abilitatea unică a lui Peter de a putea discuta cu ființe trecute prin moarte îl aduce în atenția Inspectorului Thomas Nightingale, care investighează infracțiunile ce implică magia și supranaturalul. După ce o serie de crime brutale și stranii cuprinde Londra, Peter, acum ucenic vrăjitor, devine parte a unei lumi în care zeii și zeițele se amestecă printre muritori, iar un spirit teribil și încă nestins al trecutului își dorește să scufunde orașul în haos.

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-). The seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING, is due out in November 2018. Here’s the English-language synopsis for the first novel (published in America as MIDNIGHT RIOT)…

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

A Spanish MOON OVER SOHO…


We’re very happy to report that Ben Aaronovitch‘s second Peter Grant novel, MOON OVER SOHO is soon be available in Spain! Due to be published in May 2018 by Oz Editorial as LA LUNA SOBRE EL SOHO, here’s the synopsis…

Cuando examina el cadáver de Cyrus Wilkins, bajista de jazz por las noche y contable de día, muerto de un ataque al corazón durante una actuación en el Club 606 del Soho, el detective de Scotland Yard y aprendiz de mago Peter Grant no puede evitar fijarse en la canción que emerge del cuerpo. Está claro que la muerte de Cyrus tuvo causas sobrenaturales. Con la ayuda del inspector jefe Thomas Nightinghale, el último mago de Inglaterra, y de la hermosa aficionada al jazz Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter descubrirá una amenaza muy real que lo llevará hasta su padre, el trompetista Richard «Lord» Grant.

The first novel in the series, RIVERS OF LONDON, was first published in Spain in 2012, and was re-issued by Oz Editorial in October 2017, as RÍOS DE LONDRES. The series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and widely in translation (you can find out more information about the various international editions of Ben’s novels on his author page). Here’s the English-language synopsis for MOON OVER SOHO

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.

Ben’s next novel, LIES SLEEPING, is due out in November 2018 (to be published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by DAW Books)! We’ll have a cover to share with you hopefully soon, so keep checking back for more news!

RIVERS OF LONDON out next month in Romania!


Next month, Editura Herg Benet will publish RIVERS OF LONDON in Romania! This means Ben Aaronovitch‘s wildly popular first Peter Grant novel will be available in fifteen territories! Published in Romania as RÂURILE DIN LONDRA, here’s the synopsis…

Ofițerul stagiar Peter Grant visează să ajungă detectiv al Poliției Metropolitane din Londra. Păcat că superiorii lui au de gând să îl repartizeze Unității de Progresie a Investigațiilor, unde cel mai mare pericol pe care l-ar putea înfrunta este să se aleagă cu o tăietură de la hârtiile birocrației moderne. Însă perspectivele de carieră și de viață ale lui Peter se schimbă după ce are loc o crimă neobișnuită, iar el intervievează un martor ocular care se întâmplă să fie și fantomă. Abilitatea unică a lui Peter de a putea discuta cu ființe trecute prin moarte îl aduce în atenția Inspectorului Thomas Nightingale, care investighează infracțiunile ce implică magia și supranaturalul. După ce o serie de crime brutale și stranii cuprinde Londra, Peter, acum ucenic vrăjitor, devine parte a unei lumi în care zeii și zeițele se amestecă printre muritori, iar un spirit teribil și încă nestins al trecutului își dorește să scufunde orașul în haos.

The best-selling Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis for RIVERS OF LONDON

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

(RIVERS OF LONDON is published in the US as MIDNIGHT RIOT.)

As we reported last week, Ben has delivered the manuscript for the seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING, which is due out in November! We’ll hopefully have a cover reveal for you very soon, so be sure to keep checking back here and follow us on Twitter.

THE FURTHEST STATION paperback out now in the UK!


The paperback edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION is out now! Published by Gollancz, here’s the synopsis…

Commuting ghosts, a kidnapping, and a superb new London mystery!

There’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.

It’s PC Peter Grant’s speciality…

Only it’s more than going ‘bump’. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter – making the follow up interviews rather difficult.

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

Gollancz also publishes the Peter Grant novels — the seventh of which, LIES SLEEPING, is out later this year!