Midnight Riot

Midnight Riot

Book - 2011
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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2011
ISBN: 9780345524256
Branch Call Number: AARO
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 18 cm

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Dreamstime
May 13, 2017

At one time I was a big fan of fantasy and the supernatural. Now I am more into realistic detective fiction. I thought this book might be a good mash-up of the two genres. I just couldn't get into Midnight Riot. I couldn't get lost in the world because I struggled with suspension of disbelief. Oh well. There only a zillion books about the detectives I enjoy.

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bibliobishi
Aug 13, 2016

British humour meets mystery meets wizardry. The mystery keeps you reading and the characters and humour give it a great buzz

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Sarah1984
May 05, 2016

SPOILERS/SPOILERS/SPOILERS/SPOILERS!!!!

27/9 - For the first 100 pages this was a laugh-a-page kind of book with a similar sense of humour to Jasper Fforde's books (without the literary references). The hilarity calmed down through the rest of the book till it was at the level of a snort here and there, no full-bellied laughs like there were to begin with. I wish the possessed one hadn't had to have been Lesley, but once I realised it was I thought for sure she was going to die, so when she made it through to the end of the book I was pleasantly surprised. I'm still not sure I understand exactly what/who Punch was. Once Grant realised that there was a puppet master behind Henry Pyke and worked out that it was Punch he called him something along the lines of 'the spirit of mischief', so if he 'killed' the 'spirit of mischief' does that mischief out of the world. I got a bit confused somewhere there. I might go back and reread Punch's explanation before I return the book to the library.

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"We are playing our role," said Lesley. "We are Mr Punch, the irrepressible spirit of riot and rebellion. It is our nature to cause trouble, just as it is your nature to try and stop us."

So, when Grant finally manages to grab Mr Punch and drag him through time and this happens

'This is not a person, I told myself, and drove the pilum into Mr Punch's chest. There was no blood, but I felt the shock as it pierced the skin, muscle and finally the wooden planking of the bridge itself. The revenant spirit of riot and rebellion was pinned like a butterfly in its display case.'

That last scene implies to me that Mr Punch was killed, but I don't see how you can kill the spirit of riot and rebellion, or if you even should (the occasional bit of rebellion can be useful, although rioting not so much). That small question of logic and the lower level of hilarity after the first 100 pages is why I couldn't give this five stars. Definitely going to read the next book in the series.

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Novel_Librarian
Feb 27, 2016

Just delightful - a well-plotted mystery, unexpected twists, good fantasy/magic elements, strong characterization (incl. a poc protagonist, mixed English/Sierra Leonean).

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stephaniedchase
Feb 07, 2016

Charmer of a read, with a wonderful array of unusual characters, a delightful mix of urban fantasy and police procedural, and enough strange British complexity and history to send you happily to Wikipedia and/or a map.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jan 25, 2016

Peter Grant is a copper who sees ghosts. Of course, he didn't know the witness he was interviewing was a ghost until....
This event brings Peter to Inspector Nightingale as a wizard apprentice. This is a fun series and I can't wait for the next installment.

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threeoutside
Jul 22, 2015

I keep saying I don't care for fantasy, yet I keep reading it! I enjoyed the heck out of this book. I was trying to cast the main characters in a movie in my head the whole time. This writer has an approach to magic that is interesting and suitable to a contemporary urban fantasy. Well done! I'll be reading in this series as long as he puts them out.

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billmacrotarian
Apr 05, 2015

In Midnight Riot a London constable becomes an apprentice wizard and has to track down a murdering spirit. The result is equal parts murder mystery and fantasy. It’s a light read and many of the passages are quite funny. My only disappointment was in the occasional grammatical errors. For example, people are hanged not hung and the word hung was used where no double entendre was intended. That’s a minor quibble in an otherwise enjoyable read.

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palaminopony
Jan 26, 2015

“Midnight Riot” is about Peter Grant, a rookie cop within London’s police force. After accidentally interviewing a ghost, Peter is assigned to work with the department of the Metropolitan police that specializes in the supernatural. In this department Peter meets Inspector Nightingale, an old man who is even older than he looks. As the plot thickens, it becomes apparent that a series of murders in London could be caused by supernatural forces, and Peter and Nightingale take on the case. Along the way, they discover that the murders are still going on, and that if the culprit is not stopped, Peter’s friend could die.

This novel can be described as a fantasy-mystery novel. Its plot is entertaining and intricate, with many twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. This novel also makes use of important events of British history, geography, and entertainment to help tell its story. The novel takes place in modern day London, England, which helps to give the novel a feeling of realness. The characters are well-written and unique, and each one is likeable in their own way. Peter is a very humorous character, and his commentary on life will have readers in never-ending bouts of laughter.
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“Midnight Riot”. It is a fun read that is better suited as a pleasure book than an essay novel or ‘book talk’. There is next-to-no symbolism and hidden meanings in this novel, unfortunately. The author of this review believes “Midnight Riot” to be suitable for ages fourteen and up.

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natasha67
Nov 03, 2014

Fun, British, urban fantasy. Loved the river Thames and her family.

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Oct 01, 2016

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Nov 03, 2014

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ITDBibCommons8 Mar 31, 2014

A bit like a Muggle policeman finding out about the Aurors, if they were founded by Sir Isaac Newton and had to interview rivers.

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