There is a world hidden underneath this great city…
The London Silver Vaults – for well over a century, the largest collection of silver for sale in the world. It has more locks than the Bank of England and more cameras than a celebrity punch-up.
Not somewhere you can murder someone and vanish without a trace – only that’s what happened.
The disappearing act, the reports of a blinding flash of light and memory loss amongst the witnesses all make this a case for Detective Constable Peter Grant and the Special Assessment Unit.
Alongside their boss DCI Thomas Nightingale, the SAU find themselves embroiled in a mystery that encompasses London’s tangled history, foreign lands and, most terrifying of all, the North!
And Peter must solve this case soon because back home his partner Beverley is expecting twins any day now. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s about to encounter something – and somebody – that nobody ever expects…
(Just to be clear, if you noticed that I only reviewed the first book in the series a couple of weeks ago, I actually read that a couple of years ago and I have read all the books in the series, just not the graphic novels and over media.)
A robbery gone wrong in the London Silver Vaults is just the first step into this insight into Peter Grant ever more complicated life. With Avenging Angels, dubious ex-colleagues, astrolabe rings, jaunts up to Glossop to resolve to clean up a mountain, not to mention risky interdimensional trips elsewhere, Peter still has to deal with talking foxes, a new construction in the back garden, female relatives of all shapes sizes, divinities and his own mother moving in as Beverley prepares to pop out the twins. There’s a lot going on in this book.
What works particularly well in this instalment is the closer ties that are developing between The Folly and the rest of the Police. There is a reason for Peter to head to Glossop, the fact that he goes with Seawall and all that that local knowledge entails is just the icing on the ‘effing’ cake (as Seawoll might say). The investigation into the murders takes the team from London to Manchester to whole new places to face, as Seawoll says, “well I wasn’t expecting them.” If you know, you know.
A lot of other factors come into play too, we get to learn a great deal more about the Sons of Weyland, though they aren’t all necessarily boys. But that is, kind of, the heart of this story. All the threads are based on the idea that different people think, learn and act in different ways, it’s about bringing things together.
The bit that doesn’t work, is that in the end, there’s no real good reason for what happens, other than male ego. That might well be the common cause of a lot of crime, but in this case, it felt like a let-down.
The last chapter is odd. Everything gets wrapped up, and a lot of the bringing together is clearly in the near future for Peter and the Folly. It felt like the end. Not just of the book, but of the series. There are plenty of opportunities for furtherance, but the whole tone suggests not going there. So, do I hope now for this pretty perfect ending to be it, or do I hope that I’m wrong?
Either way, the important thing with this book is that it’s well worth reading and I would highly recommend.