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Monday, July 02, 2012

Midnight Riot/Rivers of London

- St Paul's Church

The book I'm now reading is Midnight Riot (Rivers of London in the UK) by Ben Aaronovitch. It's an urban fantasy novel and in some ways reminds me of The Dresden Files books. I'm just a little way into it so far, but I like it :) Here's a description of the book at Amazon ...

Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

One thing I like about the book is learning about London. At the beginning of the story, St. Paul's church (not cathedral) is mentioned. Here's a little about it from Wikipedia ...

St Paul's Church, also commonly known as the Actors' Church, is a church designed by Inigo Jones as part of a commission by Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford in 1631 to create "houses and buildings fitt for the habitacons of Gentlemen and men of ability" in Covent Garden, London, England. As well as being the parish church of Covent Garden, the church gained its nickname by a long association with the theatre community ...

You can also read the mystery worshipper report on the church at The Ship of Fools :)


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