Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch

In this book, the families Thames came back in force, as the Folly staff (Nightingale, Peter and Leslie) are more or less ordered to provide security when Father and Mother Thames hold Court for the first time in about a hundred and fifty years.     Needless to say, having the two gods of the river and their assorted children show up is a fairly interesting event, and brings along the return of Beverley Brook, who I’m pretty sure we’re going to see more of later.

The main portion of this story takes places in Elephant and Castle, which is south of the Thames, and I am only familiar with because we drove through it earlier this month on our way to Dover, and our friend K mentioned it was one of the last places in London where builders have come in to start and gentrify things.

In the story, there’s something odd happening in one of the developments there, and Peter and Leslie actually move in for some undercover sleuthing.      Something fairly important does happen at the end of the book, and even though I’d been pre-warned, so was trying to keep my eye out for clues, I did not see it coming.    I’m really not sure what to think of it, or where things could possibly go from here with that particular story line.

We do have one more of these books in the house, but the next one doesn’t come out until August, and that’s in England – we’re due to get it in the winter sometime.    So I haven’t quite decided yet if I want to wait a bit and hold out for a bit more story before I have to wait for the next.


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