The first in the Peter Grant (aka Rivers of London) series. Peter dreams of being a detective in London but when his training period is up it's looking more likely that he'll be in a desk job doing data entry rather than being out in the field. That's the plan for him until he is doing sentry duty for horrific murder and he sees a ghost. Now he has been taken under the wing of Detective Inspector Thomas Nightingale who investigates crimes that seem to involve magic. This murder is just the start of something much, much bigger and not even Nightingale is sure what they are up against. Peter has the gift and Nightingale will help him navigate that world which is so much bigger, stranger, and more dangerous than anything Peter had ever imagined, if they survive this case.
Read for book club and I really enjoyed it. Peter Grant is snarky and reminds me of an English Dresden where Dresden had no idea what he was until later in life and was fumbling his way through it. The mystery was well done with the end being a little surprising but when you thought back you realized it had been laid out but very subtly throughout the book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Page count: 310p/8,390p ytd/258,437p lifetime