Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant)

By Ben Aaronovitch

Physique AND SOUL
 
The music. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter supply first notices whilst he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped useless of a center assault whereas taking part in a gig at Soho’s 606 membership. The notes of the outdated jazz ordinary are emerging from the body—a convinced signal that anything in regards to the man’s demise used to be in no way common yet in its place supernatural.

Body and soul—they’re additionally what Peter will threat as he investigates a development of comparable deaths in and round Soho. With assistance from his more advantageous officer, Detective leader Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the final registered wizard in England, and the help of appealing jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will discover a perilous magical menace—one that leads correct to his personal doorstep and to the squandered promise of a tender jazz musician: a skilled trumpet participant named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise often called Peter’s expensive previous dad.

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