I review The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, book 6 in the Peter Gran series.
The Hanging Tree was the Tyburn gallows which stood where Marble Arch stands today. Oxford Street was the last trip of the condemned. Some things don’t change. The place has a bloody and haunted legacy and now blood has returned to the empty Mayfair mansions of the world’s super-rich. And blood mixed with magic is a job for Peter Grant.
Peter Grant is back as are Nightingale et al. at the Folly and the various river gods, ghosts and spirits who attach themselves to England’s last wizard and the Met’s reluctant investigator of all things supernatural.
Anyone who knows me, knows that before I received a full BSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies from Plymouth University, I studied Policing at a small college in Cornwall. It was very much like when Sergeant Angle – sorry, Angel – arrived in the arse-end of nowhere in Hot Fuzz. A girl from London, with a huge amount of distrust for the police, found herself studying the enemy in a place where the civilians all know their local bobby, and wet themselves at the idea of policing in the big city (i.e., Plymouth, with 3 F’s).
Anyway. My point is, I love this series. It a) tests my knowledge of PACE, my old nemesis, b) reminds me of my glory days with my policing buddies, pretty much none of whom have actually gone on to be police officers, and c) has enough fast-paced car chases and magically-charged fights to get the blood pumping.
For those of you who don’t know, Peter Grant is a police officer for a special branch of the Met, Falcon. Special meaning magical. Peter and his boss Nightingale are wizards, or practitioners, of the magical arts, and it’s a good thing too, since there seems to be a high level of magical criminals, including enraged river goddesses, unicorns, and, of course, the Faceless Man.
In case you haven’t already started this series, The Hanging Tree is the sixth installment, and provides just as much action, hilarity and enjoyment as the rest of the series. The books released so far are:
- Rivers of London
- Moon Over Soho
- Whispers Underground
- Broken Homes
- Foxglove Summer
- The Hanging Tree
The Hanging Tree sees Peter back in London, caught up in another fight between magical beings, still attempting to apprehend the Faceless Man and his old partner and friend, Lesley. Will our dashing copper about town make it out of this one?
Readers are anxious to get their hands on this book, having been waiting for about two years since we devoured Foxglove Summer, and it definitely promises to excite. Fear not; The Hanging Tree is out today, and you can get your hands on your very own copy.