Foxglove Summer: Rivers of London (Book 5)
by Ben Aaronovitch
“When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire PC Peter grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural in involved. It’s purely routine, Nightingale thinks he’ll be done in less than a day.
But Peter’s never been one to walk away from someone in trouble, so when nothing overtly magical turns up he volunteers his services to the local police who need all the help they can get.
But because the universe likes a joke as much as the next sadistic megalomaniac, Peter soon comes to realise that dark secrets underlay the picturesque fields and villages of the countryside and there might just be work for Britain’s most junior wizard after all.
Soon he’s in a vicious race against time in a world where the boundaries between reality and fairy have never been less clear!”
I bought Foxglove Summer when I bought Moon over Soho, Whispers under Ground and Broken Homes, while reading Rivers of London. I knew back then that I wanted to read the whole series. Apart from knowing what happens in the previous four books, I did not know anything about this book. I do feel like you need to have read the rest of the series, as things were not introduced as much as previously in most of the other books.
In Foxglove Summer we catch up with DC Peter Grant about 2-3 months after the events of Broken Homes. We get to experience life outside London, although I wouldn’t call life in Herefordshire typical… He has just one case to try to solve; the one of the missing girls, but then there’s rumours of invisible unicorns…
My two favourite characters are back; main character Peter Grant and Beverly Brook. Thomas Nightingale and Molly are in Foxglove Summer but still seem to have taken far more of a back seat than any of the other books. I loved having Beverly back and having some new rivers, and some other new peoples (whether human or not).
I loved most of it, I have seen some reviews that did not like Foxglove Summer as it set outside of London. I will admit it is different, but it’s an interesting different and it would get boring if it was all within London, it lets people learn more about the UK, without actually learning. Foxglove Summer was amazing, I did not want to put it down when I was reading. It made me sad, happy and tense in all the right places. It was as much guesswork as Broken Homes had been. Foxglove Summer is a fantastic blend of fantasy and crime fiction.
Foxglove Summer does have a cliffhanger, this is because we leave Peter and Beverly at the end of the case, and book six (The Hanging Tree) is being published later this year.
The way I described this book while reading it was a crime novel with a fantasy twist. I personally cannot find any fault with it and would recommend it to adults due to bad language and sexual content. 5 out of 5.