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My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame—whatever that is.

Truth be told, there’s a lot I still don’t know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England’s wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician’s apprentice. But even he doesn’t have all the answers. Mostly I’m just a constable sworn to enforce the new year, I have three main objectives: pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC; work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai—an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice—is supposed to be, and most importantly; and get through the year without destroying a major landmark.

Two out of three isn’t bad, right?

A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man—a man whose previous encounters I’ve barely survived. I’ve also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.

But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there’s a connection to the Crawley case, I’ll be entering some tricky waters of jurisdiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.

Just the typical day for a magician constable.

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  • “[This series]  has everything: a plucky hero, London Metropolitan Police constable Peter Grant; clever mysteries; entertaining villains; and, just for fun, wizardry…A natural for grown-up Harry Potter devotees but also for urban-fantasy fans in general.”

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  • “With irreverent humor and a fast-paced plot, Aaronovitch cheekily marries the ancient Arts with the Internet age in the fourth installment of an excellent series featuring modern-day Constable Peter Grant on the trail of a new magical mystery…Smart and gritty, twisted and whimsical, Aaronovitch has proved yet again that secrets are his specialty.”

    Publishers Weekly

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