Rivers of London (PC Grant #1)
My rating: Fantasy
by Ben Aaronovitch
Rivers of London (published as Midnight Riot in the US) is the first in a series of supernatural police novels featuring Peter Grant, a newly-qualified police officer who finds himself chatting to a ghost one evening. Since he was about to be assigned to a boring role in data entry, his subsequent adoption by the Met's super-secret supernatural unit (presently consisting of one detective) is definitely the best news he's heard in a while - and never mind that it leaves him slightly in doubt about his own sanity.
The mudane details of police work contrast wonderfully with the ghosts, gods, and vampires which haunt Peter's new career path. The supporting characters are entertaining, and the plot speeds along at a good pace which easily held my interest. A great start which introduces a fascinating world - I'll certainly be interested in reading the sequels.