Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch


Foxglove Summer
by Ben Aaronovitch
Series: Peter Grant #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW, 2015
E-book, purchased
377 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm…

“There’s weird shit,” I said. “And we deal with the weird shit, but normally it turns out that there’s a perfectly rational explanation.” Which is often that a wizard did it.


During the whole pointless process not one resident refused to let us in or objected to us looking around, which I found creepy because there’s always one. But Dominic said no.

“Not in the countryside,” he said.

“Community spirit?” I asked.

“Yeah,” he said. “That and everyone would know that they hadn’t cooperated, which people would find suspicious. In a village that sort of thing sticks for, like, generations.”


  • The series gets better and better with each book.
  • I like that I get my police procedurals (which I’m loving reading at the moment) with magic intricately entwined.
  • Lots of humor
  • The setting of this book is in Herefordshire–very rural and near Wales. A different setting than the other books which were mostly in London.
  • Peter has changed a lot from the first book. He’s a more experienced policeman and now he’s on his own without Leslie–though he does have Beverley!
  • I love Peter’s inner dialogue which is often sarcastic and snarky.
  • The way the author uses the rivers, streams, brooks and other waterways and connects them with supernatural characters is one of the things I love about this series.
  • Beverley Brook is a great character. Lots of fun to read about.
  • It’s obvious big things are coming with Leslie and the Faceless Man.


  • Having to wait at least a year for the next book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • The problem with reading a new and latest book in a series is that we have to wait for the next book to be published–usually at least a year between books.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (a book with nonhuman characters)