I can’t find who started the Friday Five book blog meme. It seems to crop up in many different style such as “Five for Friday”, “Five on Friday” , “FridayFive Challenge”. I also can’t find a topic list like you would have for the Six on Sunday meme. Therefore I am just doing my own thing and setting my own topics just so I can chat books with you.
Today’s topic is:
Five Sci-Fi or Fantasy Police Procedurals / Investigations
I love a good police procedural and if you add in magic or sci-fi elements I am going to enjoy it even more. I am currently re-reading the Rivers of London series, and one of my favourite series, and I just finished an ARC of The colours of Death so I had to write up some of my other favourites.
Rivers of London
Yes, I seem to squeeze this book into every category I come up with. Can you blame me? Its one of my favourites and I will always encourage others to read it. PC Peter Grant is an excellent guide through both the world of the demi-monde, learning magic, the city of London itself and the MET police. The whole series is just fun. I adore the charcacters, the various cases and how they all unfold.
The Colours of Death
This is my latest read and I adored it. I snapped this one up finishing it in under 2 days. It is a proper procedural, methodically moving through the investigation. This allows it to be character driven, diving deep into the main character’s life, her childhood and her relationships especially as she is one of the “gifted”. This is the Sci-fi element of the book which takes place in an alternative Lisbon, Portugal, where a small percentage of the population have developed telekinetic/telepathic powers.
The Fetch Philips Archives
This series is a Noir Style PI with a drinking problem but set in a magical world, where the magic has disappeared. It is a really unique and interesting fantasy world, that really does capture that noir narration. We get a couple of interesting cases in each of the books as well as the over arching mystery of how the magic failed.
Magic For Liars
This is Standalone, and another bitter PI noir style tale. This time focusing on the non-magical investigator, called in by her magical sister to investigate a murder at a magical school. It is filled with the grumbly woe is me you expect from a proper noir PI but also has a well plotted who-done-it aspect, with all the magical twists you expect.
Shadow Police # 1
with More of a Horror and Gore factor that the others this focuses on a newly assembled team of specialists in the MET Police brought together to solve the more “unusual” crimes. This is the crimes that involve, magic, ghosts, and all that lurks in the underworld. I really thought this was good read, it had moments where it really creeped me out. I really need to re-read so I con continue with the series
Yes before anyone mentions it there is a big hole in my magical detective collection. The Dresden files are not on this list. They are not on this list as I just didn’t enjoy them. I tried but i found them to be both slightly boring and misogynistic. I have been told they get better in book 5 and 6 but there are too many other books to read to wade through books I don’t enjoy waiting for them to get good. Sorry fans of Harry Dresden.