Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

book cover of Rivers of London

This was a fun book, mostly because it’s full of witty quips and dry observational humour about Londoners and police work. I don’t really enjoy police procedurals played straight (having probably watched hours upon hours of BBC ones over my lifetime because my mum loves them), but when mashed up with a couple of other genres like here they can become a refreshing mixing-up of the norm. The actual plot was nothing crazy impressive, with a couple of “But WAIT! What if X was Y all along?!” moments that I found a bit disorienting, but honestly I was reading this book for the quips anyway. Will absolutely come back to read the second instalment.


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