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Saved from a career of office drudgery by an encounter with a ghostly murder witness, probationary constable Peter Grant finds himself apprenticed to Chief Inspector Nightingale, the resident wizard of Scotland Yard. In between lessons on Latin and the making of werelight, Peter negotiates a truce between Mother and Father Thames, survives a ghost-induced riot at the Royal Opera and discovers the root of the rage-fueled murders plaguing the city. Written by a screenwriter for the BBC's Doctor Who, this mystery zings with witty humor and a twisty plot. Perfect for those of us who like the "what if" of fantasy without the dragons and trolls, but then I haven't read the sequel yet....

Recommended by Nicola Bigley

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