Everyday Modern England -- with magic? Suppose you were a probationary constable hoping to become something interesting...like a murder detective for example. Too bad it looks like you're headed to the Case Progression Unit (which means: Paperwork Central). Fortunately you've got a fierce sense of humor. And you'll need that humor 'cause the girl you're really hot for is probationary, too- and actually headed to the murder detective squad. Then the two of you wind up minding a murder scene late one bitter night, and while she runs for hot coffee you stumble across a significant witness to the crime. A knowledgeable eyewitness. Who happens to be a ghost.
Great. Who's going to believe you?
Or worse: what if someone does believe you?
Attitude, wit and a whole new take on the supernatural- this the first in a new series by Ben Aaronovitch, and the second is already on the way: Moon Over Soho (coming soon to a Library near you!) This narrator has got real character.
Nancy Pearl says it's "something special".
"Fresh, original, and a wonderful read. I loved it." writes Charlaine Harris.
And Diana Gabaldon thinks it's "...a hilarious, keenly imagined caper."
Names to conjure with!