When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire, police constable and wizard-in-training Peter Grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural is involved.
It’s purely routine—Nightingale, Peter’s superior, thinks he’ll be done in less than a day. But Peter’s never been one to walk away from someone in trouble, so when nothing overtly magical turns up he volunteers his services to the local police, who need all the help they can get. But because the universe likes a joke as much as the next sadistic megalomaniac, Peter soon comes to realize that dark secrets underlie the picturesque fields and villages of the countryside and there might just be work for Britain’s most junior wizard after all.
Soon Peter’s in a vicious race against time, in a world where the boundaries between reality and fairy have never been less clear....
If you love urban fantasy and want something not cookie cutter and you are not reading this series, you should IMO. Peter works for magical division of London Police. What I love about these books is that magical and mundane are blended so well. Peter has sometimes to do boring investigative parts too - granted it eventually leads into magic so it does not stay boring for too long, but a lot of it is how to put it? Not glamorous. I skipped the previous book solely because of plot development that happened at the end (may or may not go back), but this was no less fun. Peter is sarcastic and fun as always and getting more competent. Missed Nightingale. Loved matter of fact gay secondary character, who was there because he was a competent policeman first and foremost.