Sunday, July 03, 2022

Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch: review

4/5 stars on Goodreads

Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London series has advanced to its ninth book, plus a couple of shorter ones in between. Amongst Our Weapons finds Peter slightly more mature than he’s been. After all, he’s about to become a father to twins, the mother of whom is his river goddess girlfriend Beverly, aka one of the rivers of London.

An angel of death is targeting former members of a prayer group. Not that Peter believes angels exist, even if he’s seen a few odd things during his career as a detective constable of weird bollocks, aka The Folly. Helping him solve the case is a new apprentice Danni, who’s a no-nonsense woman, but otherwise unmemorable, Sahra Guleed, his usual partner who is emerging as a distinctive character in what is otherwise quite an unmemorable cast, and of course Thomas Nightingale, his supervisor in magical crime.

This was pretty much a standard fare: a police procedural interspersed with architectural musings, historical accounts, and talking foxes. The superior officers took a more hands-on approach than usually, Peter’s former friend, current foe Leslie made an appearance, and nothing blew up. Much. And in the end, the world welcomed two new, tiny rivers. If it wasnt quite as gripping as some of the earlier books, it was nontheless an entertaining affair, and Im looking forward to continuing with the series.

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