A brand-new stand-alone novella in the Rivers of London series!(Audiobook)
Tobias Winter has been assigned to the Abteilung KDA - the Department for Complex and Unspecific Matters.
Despite the intriguing department name, as Winter explains, dealing with the strange and the supernatural is 'actually 90 percent paperwork'. But this is a story about the other 10 percent of the job: the life-threatening danger part.
This is a tale about the Queen of the Harvest, the October Man, and the little-known time the vineyard around Trier started to eat people....
Winter may be P. C. Peter Grant's German counterpart, but surviving this investigation is entirely down to him....
I initially thought when I selected this book that it was the next installment in the Peter Grant series only to find that it wasn't following him at all but a counterpart agent from Germany. Once I got over that disappointment and put it aside, I really got into the story, which had a lot of the same elements as the River of London stories - marginally I imagine because it was set in the same world - and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
One of the first clues that it was not the same as before was the fact that the narrator changed. This is no read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith but by a gentleman called Sam Peter-Jackson who inflects a distinctly German accented English to tell the story about an unusual possibly magical death in Trier, Germany.
Tobias Winter gets partnered up with Vanessa Sommer (Sommer and Winter...hehe) and together they go about dealing with a mysterious malignancy, a new born river goddess, and a connection deep into the past. I very much enjoyed the interaction between the two main character and the story in general was completely inline with the other River of London books.
There is one character, Tobias top boss, his version of Nightingale, whom descriptions of which make me think of a much taller Edna Mode.
The only trouble I had with the audio was there were several parts where German words were used in quick succession and I got a little lost because I don't speak much German. I think this is an element of the story which might have been a little easier to follow in text. However, that said I do hope that there will be more from these characters at some point as long as it doesn't mean an end to Peter Grant's story.
I still give it