WHISPERS UNDERGROUND heard in Poland…


Ben Aaronovitch‘s WHISPERS UNDERGROUND is out now in Poland! The third novel in the author’s best-selling, critically-acclaimed Peter Grant series, is published by MAG as SZEPTY POD ZIEMIĄ. Here’s the synopsis…

Nazywam się Peter Grant i jestem detektywem posterunkowym w potężnej armii sprawiedliwości znanej jako policja londyńska (tudzież psiarnia). Szkolę się także na czarodzieja, jestem pierwszym takim uczniem od pięćdziesięciu lat. Oficjalnie pracuję w wydziale do zwalczania przestępstw gospodarczych i innych, w jednostce dziewiątej, znanej też jako Szaleństwo i jako jednostka, o której grzeczni, dobrze wychowani gliniarze nie rozmawiają w kulturalnym towarzystwie.

Od poniedziałku mam okazję zająć się prawdziwą policyjną robotą. Niezidentyfikowana Ofiara została zadźgana na torach metra przy stacji Baker Street. Obecność magii niewykluczona.

Niezidentyfikowana Ofiara okazuje się synem amerykańskiego senatora i zanim zdążysz powiedzieć „międzynarodowy incydent” do sprawy posterunkowego detektywa Granta dołącza agentka FBI Kimberley Reynolds.

A w ciemnych tunelach londyńskiego metra, pośród pogrzebanych rzek i wiktoriańskich rynsztoków niesie się szept o zemście zza grobu.

Najnowsza sprawa posterunkowego detektywa Granta zaraz się wtoczy na śliskie tory…

Also available from MAG today, new editions of the first two novels in the series: RIVERS OF LONDON and MOON OVER SOHO, published as RZEKI LONDYNU and KSIĘŻYC NAD SOHO, respectively.

These three novels are published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey. Here’s the English-language synopsis for WHISPERS UNDERGROUND

A WHOLE NEW REASON TO MIND THE GAP

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher — and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom — if it exists at all — is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects… except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and — as of now — deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won’t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful… and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah — that’s going to go well.

Gollancz has published all six of the novels in the Peter Grant series to date, as well as the new novella, THE FURTHEST STATION. DAW Books has published books 4-6 in North America, and Subterranean Press publishes the novella.

Czech out this new edition of FOXGLOVE SUMMER!


The Czech edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s FOXGLOVE SUMMER is out now! The fifth book in Aaronovitch’s best-selling Peter Grant series is published by Argo as ZÁLUDNÉ LÉTO. Here’s the synopsis…

Když se ve vesnici Rushpool v západní Anglii začnou pohřešovat dvě jedenáctileté dívky, konstábl Peter Grant musí vytáhnout paty z Londýna, aby zjistil, jestli se na jejich zmizení nepodílelo něco nadpřirozeného. Jde o rutinní opatření a Nightingale je přesvědčený, že Peter bude mít v případu do večera jasno. Jenže Peter lidi v nesnázích nikdy neopouští, takže i když neobjeví žádné zjevné stopy po magických aktivitách, nabídne místnímu policejnímu sboru své služby, neboť ví, že při pátrání po nezvěstných je potřeba každé volné ruky. Netrvá však dlouho a ocitá se ve zběsilém závodě s časem, ve světě, kde hranice mezi realitou a světem skřítků a víl nikdy nebyly prostupnější…

Argo has also published the first four novels in the series in Czech: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND and BROKEN HOMES. They have also published the first Peter Grant comic series, RIVERS OF LONDON: BODY WORK.

FOXGLOVE SUMMER, and the rest of the Peter Grant series, is published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the English-language synopsis for the novel…

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…

Peter Grant gets some new Polish jackets…


Above you can see the cover for the upcoming Polish edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s WHISPERS UNDERGROUND. Due to be published by MAG, here’s the synopsis…

Nazywam się Peter Grant i jestem detektywem posterunkowym w potężnej armii sprawiedliwości znanej jako policja londyńska (tudzież psiarnia). Szkolę się także na czarodzieja, jestem pierwszym takim uczniem od pięćdziesięciu lat. Oficjalnie pracuję w wydziale do zwalczania przestępstw gospodarczych i innych, w jednostce dziewiątej, znanej też jako Szaleństwo i jako jednostka, o której grzeczni, dobrze wychowani gliniarze nie rozmawiają w kulturalnym towarzystwie.

Od poniedziałku mam okazję zająć się prawdziwą policyjną robotą. Niezidentyfikowana Ofiara została zadźgana na torach metra przy stacji Baker Street. Obecność magii niewykluczona.

Niezidentyfikowana Ofiara okazuje się synem amerykańskiego senatora i zanim zdążysz powiedzieć „międzynarodowy incydent” do sprawy posterunkowego detektywa Granta dołącza agentka FBI Kimberley Reynolds.

A w ciemnych tunelach londyńskiego metra, pośród pogrzebanych rzek i wiktoriańskich rynsztoków niesie się szept o zemście zza grobu.

Najnowsza sprawa posterunkowego detektywa Granta zaraz się wtoczy na śliskie tory…

The first two novels in the series — RIVERS OF LONDON and MOON OVER SOHO — have already been published in Poland (also by MAG), but will also receive new covers, to match the style of the third book…

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and currently includes six novels and one novella. Ben has also written, with Andrew Cartmel, four comic series featuring the characters and set in the world of the series (published by Titan Comics).

New Spanish edition of RIVERS OF LONDON out now!


Oz Editorial has published a new Spanish edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s best-selling, critically-acclaimed first Peter Grant novel, RIVERS OF LONDON!

En Londres, la magia está fuera de control

El joven Peter Grant era un agente de policía novato más hasta que un día, durante la investigación de un terrible asesinato, recibe cierta información de un testigo ocular muy especial: un fantasma. Tras descubrir que la magia existe, Grant ingresará en un departamento secreto de Scotland Yard que se encarga de las investigaciones sobrenaturales y, junto al enigmático inspector Nightingale, llevará a cabo tareas tan singulares como negociar treguas entre el dios y la diosa del Támesis, desenterrar tumbas en Covent Garden y perseguir a un espíritu maligno y vengativo que está sembrando el caos en la ciudad.

RIVERS OF LONDON, as well as the other Peter Grant novels, are published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the English-language synopsis for the novel…

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.

[Incidentally, at the time of writing, RIVERS OF LONDON is part of Amazon UK’s Autumn Kindle Sale, at only 99p!]

The series is also published in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, in Germany by DTV, in France by J’ai Lu, and widely in other translations.

THE FURTHEST STATION is a US Kindle Daily Deal today!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION is a US Kindle Daily Deal today! Published by Subterranean Press, here’s the 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.

With this new novella, bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch has crafted yet another wickedly funny and surprisingly affecting chapter in his beloved Rivers of London series.

THE FURTHEST STATION is published in the UK by Gollancz, as are the rest of the novels in the series.

‘Aaronovitch’s novella featuring PC Peter Grant of London’s Special Assessment Unit (aka the Folly), which has the brief of investigating “disruptive phantasmagoria,” is an excellent entry point to the Peter Grant series for newcomers who like their urban fantasies rendered with a light touch.’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)

‘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

The fourth RIVERS OF LONDON DETECTIVE STORY is out today!


Today, Titan Comics published the fourth and final issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s RIVERS OF LONDON: DETECTIVE STORIES comic series. DETECTIVE STORIES is the fourth comic series in Ben’s Peter Grant series, and is comprised of four stand-alone investigations. Titan Comics has also published the first three series — BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH and BLACK MOULD — which have been collected into graphic novels.

Ben’s best-selling, critically-acclaimed Peter Grant novels are published in the UK by Gollancz, and have been published widely in translation.

RIVERS OF LONDON: DETECTIVE STORIES #3 out today!


The third instalment in the latest Rivers Of London comic series, DETECTIVE STORIES is out today! Publihsed by Titan Comics, and written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, the series is made up of four self-contained, magical crimes — as recounted by Peter Grant to his superiors.

Titan Comics has also published the first three comic series: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH and BLACK MOULD, all of which are now available in collected graphic novels (in paperback and digital editions).

Ben’s best-selling, critically-acclaimed Peter Grant series of novels is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and widely in translation.

Ben Aaronovitch’s DETECTIVE STORIES #3 coming soon!


Above you can see the two great cover variants for the third issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s RIVERS OF LONDON: DETECTIVE STORIES comic series. Published by Titan Comics, the series is made up of four self-contained magical crimes, as recounted by Peter Grant to his superiors.

Titan Comics has also published the first three Rivers of London comic series: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH and BLACK MOULD. The Peter Grant novels are published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and widely in translation.

BLACK MOULD spreads to bookstores today!


The collected edition of Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel’s latest Rivers of London comic series, BLACK MOULD, is out today in bookstores! (It was released in comic and specialist stores last week.) Published by Titan Comics, here’s the synopsis…

CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch, writer of the bestselling Rivers of London novel series! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not the usual stuff, this mould is possessed by some dark power full of bad intentions. Looks like it’s another case for London’s one and only trainee wizard cop, Police Constable Peter Grant, and his reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed!

The first two series, also published by Titan Comics, have also been collected in paperback editions: BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH. The fourth series, DETECTIVE STORIES, is currently ongoing.

Ben’s Peter Grant urban fantasy series is published in the UK by Gollancz, in Germany by DTV, in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and widely in translation. The latest book in the series, the novella THE FURTHEST STATION, is published by Subterranean Press in the US and Canada; and will be published in the UK by Gollancz, in September.

Paperback edition of THE HANGING TREE out now in the UK


It’s a busy week for Ben Aaronovitch. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s release of DETECTIVE STORIES #2, today sees the publication of THE HANGING TREE in paperback! Published by Gollancz, here’s the synopsis…

The sixth outing for PC Peter Grant in this bestselling series sees him back in London and facing up to the terrifying legacy of London’s hangings.

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…

THE HANGING TREE has been published in the US by DAW Books, and in Germany by DTV.

Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel’s DETECTIVE STORIES #2 out today!


DETECTIVE STORIES, the fourth Rivers of London comic series continues today with the publication of the second issue. Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, the series is comprised of four self-contained Peter Grant stories of magical crime!

DETECTIVE STORIES is published by Titan Comics, as are the first three series — BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH and BLACK MOULD.

Ben’s Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and widely in translation. The latest instalment is the novella, THE FURTHEST STATION, published by Gollancz and Subterranean Press.

Out next week: DETECTIVE STORIES #2!


Next week, Titan Comics are due to publish the second issue in DETECTIVE STORIES. The fourth Peter Grant/Rivers of London comic series by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, this series features a new, self-contained story of magical crime in each issue. This issue is released with a choice of two covers.

Titan Comics has also published the first three critically-acclaimed Rivers of London comic series: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH and BLACK MOULD.

The Peter Grant novels have been published by Gollancz in the UK, Del Rey and DAW Books in the US, and widely in translation.

RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD Forbidden Planet Exclusive out tomorrow!


Tomorrow, Forbidden Planet will have an exclusive, signed edition of the RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD collected edition! Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Carmel, here’s the synopsis…

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

Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not the usual stuff, this mould is possessed by some dark power full of bad intentions.

Looks like it’s another case for London’s one and only trainee wizard cop, Police Constable Peter Grant, and his reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed!

BLACK MOULD and the first two comic series, BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH, are all part of Ben’s best-selling Peter Grant urban fantasy series, and published by Titan Comics.

The series novels are published by Gollancz in the UK, Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6) in the US, and widely in translation. The whole series is also available in audio, narrated by Holdbrook-Smith. The next book in the series will be THE FURTHEST STATION, the first novella in the series, published by Gollancz in the UK and Subterranean Press in the US.

A Rare Interview of Cunning Aaronovitch…


To celebrate the recent(ish) release of Ben Aaronovitch‘s new audio short story, A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICES, Audible has shared an interview with the author and series narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Set in Ben’s Peter Grant series, here’s the synopsis…

Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss — and we’re not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn’t looking forward to finding out…

Best of all, A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICE is free!

The Peter Grant series is published by Gollancz in the UK, Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6) in the US, and widely in translation. The whole series is also available in audio, narrated by Holdbrook-Smith. The next book in the series will be THE FURTHEST STATION, the first novella in the series, published by Gollancz in the UK and Subterranean Press in the US.

DETECTIVE STORIES signing tomorrow at Forbidden Planet London!


Ben Aaronovitch and artist Lee Sullivan will be at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London tomorrow from 1-2pm signing copies of their new Rivers of London comic series, DETECTIVE STORIES!

Follow the continuing adventure of Peter Grant, and the special branch of the Met who deal with magic and the supernatural!

Peter Grant has come a long way since first entering that particular special branch of London’s Metropolitan Police. With his hard-earned powers and a flair for the supernatural, it’s his job to investigate those shadowy crimes that involve urban vampires and weird folk in the Underground!

Set in the million-selling Rivers of London series, this comic adventure entitled DETECTIVE STORIES contains four self-contained magical crimes, as recounted by Detective Peter Grant to his superiors!

A Forbidden Planet-exclusive edition of of DETECTIVE STORIES #1 (pictured above) and BLACK MOULD collected edition will also be available at the event. The series is published by Titan Comics. Titan Comics has published all of the Rivers of London comics to date: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH and BLACK MOULD.

In case you are new to Peter Grant’s story, FP have put together this handy reader’s guide, which includes a timeline for the various books in the series…