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:

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 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!).

Charlaine Harris’s Midnight Texas series is on sale in the UK!


From today until November 11th, Charlaine Harris‘s acclaimed Midnight, Texas series is on sale! Only 99p each in Amazon’s Kindle Autumn sale, this is a great way to try Harris’s work if you haven’t already, and also a great way to complete your collection!

All three books — MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, DAY SHIFT and NIGHT SHIFT — are published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis for book one, just in case you haven’t seen it before…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

The author’s latest novel, AN EASY DEATH, is also out this week in the UK, published by Piatkus Books.

Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

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

Peter Grants reaches THE FURTHEST STATION and confronts NIGHT WITCHES tomorrow in Czechia!


Tomorrow, Argo is due to publish the Czech edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION! Published as NEJODLEHLEJŠÍ STANICE, here’s the synopsis…

Na lince Metropolitan se začínají dít divné věci. Vyděšení cestující volají na tísňovou linku, že byli v tlačenici napadeni zvláštně oděnými lidmi, kteří se jim pokoušeli předat naléhavý vzkaz… Oběti útoků však při dalším dotazování nejsou schopny policii vysvětlit, o co přesně šlo, a během chvíle se jim střet vykouří z hlavy. Seržant Jaget Kumar, příslušník dopravní policie známý ze Šepotu v podzemí, se promptně obrací na Petera Granta, protože případy vykazují neklamné znaky působení nadpřirozených sil. Zjistit, co jsou oni duchové zač a proč zasévají takový zmatek mezi nevinné Londýňany, se Peterovi pokusí jeho mladičká a magicky nadaná sestřenice Abigail, věrný pes Toby a samozřejmě inspektor Nightingale coby klidná síla v pozadí. Vyšetřování se z metra záhy přenese na zdánlivě idylická londýnská předměstí, která se opět ukážou být semeništěm podivností, nad nimiž zůstává rozum stát a při nichž tuhne krev v žilách.

The novella is published in the UK by Gollancz and in North America by Subterranean Press. It is also available in Germany (DTV) and France (J’ai Lu). Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Also out tomorrow, the Czech edition of NIGHT WITCH! The second collection in the Rivers of London comic series, by Ben and Andrew Cartmel, it is published by Argo as NOČNÍ KOUZELNICE. Here’s the synopsis…

Druhý komiksový příběh ze světa Bena Aaronovitche Řeky Londýna staví do popředí ruskou čarodějku Varvaru Sidorovnu, kterou známe už z Prokletých domovů. To ona je noční kouzelnice. Tedy alespoň jí byla během svojí služby Sovětskému svazu. Ale to je dávno. Teď má Peterovi pomoci vyšetřit únos dcery ruského emigranta, který nechal za zády Putinovo Rusko, sbalil prachy a vypadnul… Jenže když vám unese dceru lešij, pán lesů, jsou peníze k ničemu. Proto musí nastoupit odborníci: Peter Grant a Thomas Nightingale. A pochopitelně Toby. Jak se ukáže, je celý případ daleko komplikovanější, takže se můžete těšit nejen na svoje oblíbené hrdiny, ale také na jejich arcinepřítele – Muže bez tváře.

NIGHT WITCH is published in English by Titan Comics. Artwork is by Lee Sullivan, and colours by Luis Guerrero. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London’s only wizarding cops, 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!

ICYMI: Ari Marmell’s IN TRUTH AND CLAW is out now in the UK!


Published in North America a couple of weeks ago, Ari Marmell‘s IN TRUTH AND CLAW is now available in the UK! The fourth novel in the author’s Mick Oberon series of urban fantasy mysteries, it is published by Titan Books in both territories. Here’s the synopsis…

Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. A series of brutal murders is sweeping Chicago, baffling both the local police and the Seelie Court, who sense an aura of corruption and death has touched Mick himself. When Mick’s associates become targets, and a vampire appears in his office, Mick is drawn into his most dangerous hunt yet.

The first three novels in the series are also published in the UK and US by Titan: HOT LEAD, COLD IRONHALLOW POINT and DEAD TO RITES. Here are some of the reviews the series has received so far…

HOT LEAD, COLD IRON is as hard boiled a detective drama as anything written by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane, and Marmell captures the vernacular of the period wonderfully… HOT LEAD, COLD IRON could easily have been published in any one of the popular pulp detective magazines of the ’30s and yet it’s pace and characterizations are undoubtedly contemporary… Ari Marmell will soon be crowned the foremost purveyor of Macabre Noir.’ — Starburst 

‘In this gripping fantastical investigation, Marmell (The Goblin Corps) creates an engaging world and an unlikely hero…The potent mix of gangsters, magic, Fae politics, and a strega on the warpath makes for a ride that never touches the brakes. Marmell expertly maximizes the thrills, leaving the reader with a lingering desire for a magic wand and a glass of warm milk.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on HOT LEAD, COLD IRON

‘It’s a fascinating concept, and a solid foundation for yet another gripping story… a highly enjoyable ride; the writing takes its reader into the heart of every scene…It’s a great read, reinvigorating the tropes of two genres to enable them to rise above cliché status. With final revelations that imply a larger conspiracy, it seems Marmell has plenty more up his sleeve for his hero, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mick Oberon in the future.‘ — Starburst on HALLOW POINT

‘Irresistibly entertaining… It’s among the best urban fantasy novels I’ve ever read.’ — Rising Shadow on HALLOW POINT

‘The third entry… in the inventive series about a 1930s private eye who also happens to be one of the Fae mixes supernatural investigations and Al Capone’s Chicago for an irresistible combo.’ — Library Journal on DEAD TO RITES

Zeno represents Ari Marmell in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Ben Aaronovitch is embarking on a huge UK book tour for LIES SLEEPING!


This November, Ben Aaronovitch is going to embark on an extensive UK book tour to celebrate the release of the highly-anticipated seventh Peter Grant novel: LIES SLEEPING! Gollancz, his UK publisher, has put together the funky graphic above marking all the stops. That’s a lot of stops, and a lot of miles…

These are ticketed events (hence the early warning), and we expect them all to be very popular. So, if you’re interested in going we recommend you book your spot(s) ASAP! Here are more details, including links to appropriate sites for booking…

  • Monday 12th Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Inverness. More info here
  • Monday 12th Nov: Talk & signing 6:30pm at Waterstones Aberdeen. Book your tickets here
  • Tuesday 13th Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Edinburgh. More info here
  • Tuesday 13th Nov: Talk & signing 6:30pm at Waterstones Glasgow Argyle St. Book your tickets here
  • Wednesday 14th Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Newcastle. More info here
  • Wednesday 14th Nov: Talk & signing 6:30pm at York Literary Festival. Book your tickets here
  • Thursday 15th Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Leeds. More info here
  • Thursday 15th Nov: Talk & signing 6:30pm at Waterstones Lincoln. Book your tickets here
  • Friday 16th Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Nottingham. More info here
  • Friday 16th Nov: Talk & signing 6:30pm at Waterstones Birmingham. Book your tickets here
  • Saturday 17th Nov: Signing 1pm – 2pm at Forbidden Planet London. More info here
  • Saturday 17th Nov: Talk & signing 6pm at Foyles, Charing Cross, London. Book your tickets here
  • Wednesday 21st Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Southampton. More info here
  • Wednesday 21st Nov: Talk & signing 8pm at Toppings Bath. Book your tickets here
  • Thursday 22nd Nov: Short talk and signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Octavo’s Bookshop and Café, Cardiff. Book tickets here
  • Thursday 22nd Nov: Talk & signing 6:30pm at Waterstones Swansea. Book your tickets here
  • Friday 23rd Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Crewe. More info here
  • Friday 23rd Nov: Talk & signing 6:30pm at Waterstones Liverpool. Book your tickets here
  • Saturday 24th Nov: Signing 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Waterstones Sheffield. More info here
  • Monday 26th Nov: Talk & signing 7:30pm at David’s Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City. Book your tickets here
  • Tuesday 4th Dec: Talk & signing 6:30pm at Waterstones Epsom. Book your tickets here
  • Or if you can’t make it along in person to meet Ben, signed editions of LIES SLEEPING can be pre-ordered directly from Waterstones here

As mentioned above, Gollancz is due to publish LIES SLEEPING in the UK (November 15th). The novel is also due to be published in North America by DAW Books (November 13th). 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…

We’ll share information with you about other editions of the novel (and series as a whole) as soon as we have it.

RIVERS OF LONDON: WATER WEED #3 out now!


The third issue in the latest Rivers of London comic series, WATER WEED, is out now in print and digital formats! Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, the series is published by Titan Comics. Here’s the synopsis…

Wizarding cop Peter faces a drug-smuggling queenpin in 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!

Wizarding cop Peter Grant 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?

Series artwork is by Lee Sullivan, and colours by Luis Guerrero.

WATER WEED is the sixth story arc in the Rivers of London comic series — all of the previous stories have also been published by Titan Comics, and are available as collected editions: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD, DETECTIVE STORIES and CRY FOX.

The comic series is set in the same world, with many of the same characters, as Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling Peter Grant series of novels, which is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and widely in translation.

IN TRUTH AND CLAW, Mick Oberon’s on the case…


Ari Marmell‘s fourth Mick Oberon novel, IN TRUTH AND CLAW, is out tomorrow in the US! Published by Titan Books, here’s the synopsis…

Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. A series of brutal murders is sweeping Chicago, baffling both the local police and the Seelie Court, who sense an aura of corruption and death has touched Mick himself. When Mick’s associates become targets, and a vampire appears in his office, Mick is drawn into his most dangerous hunt yet.

Titan has also published the first three novels in the series in the UK and US: HOT LEAD, COLD IRON, HALLOW POINT and DEAD TO RITES. Here are some of the reviews the series has received so far…

‘In this gripping fantastical investigation, Marmell (The Goblin Corps) creates an engaging world and an unlikely hero…The potent mix of gangsters, magic, Fae politics, and a strega on the warpath makes for a ride that never touches the brakes. Marmell expertly maximizes the thrills, leaving the reader with a lingering desire for a magic wand and a glass of warm milk.’Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on HOT LEAD, COLD IRON

HOT LEAD, COLD IRON is as hard boiled a detective drama as anything written by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane, and Marmell captures the vernacular of the period wonderfully… HOT LEAD, COLD IRON could easily have been published in any one of the popular pulp detective magazines of the ’30s and yet it’s pace and characterizations are undoubtedly contemporary… Ari Marmell will soon be crowned the foremost purveyor of Macabre Noir.’Starburst 

‘Irresistibly entertaining… It’s among the best urban fantasy novels I’ve ever read.’Rising Shadow on HALLOW POINT

‘It’s a fascinating concept, and a solid foundation for yet another gripping story… a highly enjoyable ride; the writing takes its reader into the heart of every scene…It’s a great read, reinvigorating the tropes of two genres to enable them to rise above cliché status. With final revelations that imply a larger conspiracy, it seems Marmell has plenty more up his sleeve for his hero, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mick Oberon in the future.‘ — Starburst on HALLOW POINT

‘The third entry… in the inventive series about a 1930s private eye who also happens to be one of the Fae mixes supernatural investigations and Al Capone’s Chicago for an irresistible combo.’Library Journal on DEAD TO RITES

Zeno represents Ari Marmell in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Check out the cover for RIVERS OF LONDON: WATER WEED #3


Above is the eye-catching cover for the third issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s ongoing RIVERS OF LONDON: WATER WEED comic series. Due to be published by Titan Comics on August 15th, here’s the synopsis…

Wizarding cop Peter faces a drug-smuggling queenpin in 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!

Wizarding cop Peter Grant 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?

Series art is by Lee Sullivan, and colours by Luis Guerrero.

The comic series is set in the same universe as Ben’s Peter Grant series of urban fantasy novels and novellas, published by Gollancz (UK), Del Rey and DAW Books (US), and widely in translation. Andrew is also the author of the Vinyl Detective series, published by Titan Books.

Two more, new French jackets for Peter Grant…


J’ai Lu recently re-jacketed the French editions of Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant series. We shared the first three new covers a little while ago, and today we have the new covers for BROKEN HOMES (above) and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. Published in France as LE RÊVE DE L’ARCHITECTE and LES DISPARUES DE RUSHPOOL, respectively. Here’s the synopsis for the former…

La découverte d’un corps mutilé dans la banlieue de Londres fait monter d’un cran la paranoïa ambiante, d’autant que la méthode rappelle furieusement celle de l’Homme sans visage, ce magicien fou déjà connu des services de police. Enfin, pas de tous les services, juste de celui des affaires surnaturelles, dont le représentant le plus actif, l’agent Peter Grant, est aussi le dernier apprenti sorcier de Londres. À peine débutée, son enquête va s’enrichir de nouveaux éléments à première vue sans rapport avec le crime, mais qui tous mènent au quartier d’Elephant and Castle ; plus précisément à un ensemble d’immeubles conçu par un architecte dérangé et habité par tout ce que la capitale britannique compte de désespérés…

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7). Here’s the English-language synopsis for BROKEN HOMES

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

The highly-anticipated seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING, is due out in the UK and US in November 2018.

Here are the new UK covers…

Rivers of London Cries Fox and gets down among the Water Weeds…


Today marks the beginning of WATER WEED, the sixth Rivers of London comic series written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel! The first issue arrives in comic stores and digitally today, published by Titan Comics. Described as ‘Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!’, here’s the synopsis…

Drug-smuggling meets wizarding cops in a whole new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in the best-selling novel series Rivers of London!

When two of the less well-behaved River goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, wizarding cop Peter Grant and river spirit Beverley find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette!

As with the previous series, series artwork is by Lee Sullivan and colours are by Luis Guerrero.

Also available this week is the collected edition of the fifth Rivers of London comic series: CRY FOX. Set between the novels THE HANGING TREE and the upcoming LIES SLEEPING, it is published by Titan Comics. Here’s the series synopsis…

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 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…

All of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Rivers of London comics have been published by Titan Comics. The first five series are now available in collected editions…

ALSO: Ben, Andrew and Lee will be attending a signing event at Forbidden Planet London tonight at 6pm! Also in attendance will be Richard Dinnick and Jessica Martin, who work on the Doctor Who: 7th Doctor comic series with Andrew and Ben. Full details here. At the event, you will be able to get a whole host of titles signed, including the Forbidden Planet special edition of CRY FOX, with an amusing creators card…

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).

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…