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August 30, 2022

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Peter Grant is a London detective constable and apprentice wizard. In Lies Sleeping, the seventh book in Ben Aaronovitch's fantasy police procedural series Rivers of London, he's on the trail of Michael Chorley aka Faceless Man 2. 

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book cover of fantasy police procedural Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
November 2018; DAW; 978-0756415136
audio, ebook, print (304 pages); supernatural mystery

I won a hardcover copy of Lies Sleeping back in 2019 but I haven't had a chance to read it. I was needing an audiobook as none of my holds were available so when I saw it available at my digital library I checked it out. 

I don't think I realized that it was book 7, but then again I often pick up books in the middle of a series. Unfortunately, I don't think this book should be read without having read the previous books. There wasn't much backstory. Though when I read the first few chapters of the print copy I found there was a bit more explanation than I heard while listening to the audiobook. Also, looking at other reviews, it looks like the case with Faceless Man 2 is a continuation from at least the previous book in the series.

I'm not a huge fan of police procedurals but I thought having a wizard as a police detective could make for an interesting story. I think if I wasn't so lost that it would have been interesting, but I couldn't get into the story. Again, though I think if I had read any of the previous books I would have enjoyed this one more.

If you are a fan of the series or looking for a series where several books are available (9 books have been published - book 9 came out this past spring - plus there are several novellas), then I think you should definitely give this book/series a try. If I find myself without an audiobook, I would try this series from the beginning.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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