Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Moon Over Soho

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

It’s a sad fact of modern life that if you drive long enough, sooner or later you must leave London behind.



Plot

The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul—they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.


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Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

When Captain Roger Angmering built himself a house in the year 1782 on the island off Leathercombe Bay, it was thought the height of eccentricity on his part.

Plot

When a beautiful woman is found strangled to death at a holiday resort, the murder appears to be a crime of passion. But could it have been something more evil and premeditated altogether? Hercule Poirot has his vacation interrupted in this mystery.

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

An American teenager has been found dead in Aruba, authorities there have confirmed.



Plot

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…


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Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

It lay down in a hollow, rich with fine old timber and luxuriant pastures; and you came upon it through an avenue of limes, bordered on either side by meadows, over the high hedges of which the cattle looked inquisitively at you as you passed, wondering, perhaps, what you wanted; for there was no thorough-fare and uless you were going to the Court you had no business there at all.



Plot

When beautiful young Lucy Graham accepts the hand of Sir Michael Audley, her fortune and her future look secure. But Lady Audley’s past is shrouded in mystery, and Sir Michael’s nephew Robert has vague forebodings. When Robert’s good friend George Talboys suddenly disappears, he is determined to find him, and to unearth the truth. His quest reveals a tangled story of lies and deception, crime and intrigue, whose sensational twists turn the conventional picture of Victorian womanhood on its head. Can Robert’s darkest suspicions really be true?

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Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Mrs Ariadne Oliver had gone with the friend with whom she was staying, Judith Butler, to help with the preparations for a children’s party which was to take place that same evening.



Plot

At a Hallowe’en party, thirteen-year-old Joyce boasts that she once witnessed a murder. No one believes her. But within hours her body is found, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

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The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

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Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★☆

Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in cocking them all up.



Plot

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
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Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In

Rating: 4 Stars

My first day on the job coincided with the first day of the Haden Walkout, and I’m not going to lie, that was some awkward timing.



Plot

Haden’s is a dangerous disease. Those it does not kill, it leaves locked in, unable to move their own body. Thankfully, technological progress has made it able for them to move around in robot bodies – Threeps.

Chris Shane was one of the most famous young Haden in the world. Now he starts to work as an FBI agent in a special division dealing with Haden crime. His first case turns out to be a difficult one: was it murder or suicide?

It turns out it is way more complicated than that and soon Shane and his partner Vann are on the trail of a dangerous conspiracy.

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