What Abigail Did That Summer

, #5.3

Hardcover, 232 pages

Published March 17, 2021 by Subterranean.

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5 stars (3 reviews)

Ghost hunter, fox whisperer, troublemaker.

It is the summer of 2013 and Abigail Kamara has been left to her own devices. This might, by those who know her, be considered a mistake. While her cousin, police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant, is off in the sticks chasing unicorns Abigail is chasing her own mystery. Teenagers around Hampstead Heath have been going missing but before the police can get fully engaged the teens return home – unharmed but vague about where they’ve been.

Aided only by her new friend Simon, her knowledge that magic is real and a posse of talking foxes that think they’re spies, Abigail must venture into the wilds of Hampstead to discover who is luring the teenagers and more importantly – why?

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Review of 'What Abigail Did That Summer' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Another great "Rivers" story by Aaronovitch, although it obviously has no appearance of Peter Grant - his cousin Abigail refers to him a lot though. She has an altogether different "voice" as a narrator, and that makes her interesting, although the story itself has broadly the same structure as earlier works. Very well done shorter work, I'd love to read more of Abigail.

reviewed What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London, #5.3)

Review of 'What Abigail Did That Summer' on 'GoodReads'

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I don't quite know what I think of this one. Abagail is nice enough and the foxes are charming.

I like the concept of the situation/big bad that Abagail is facing in theory maybe more than I like it in practice. I like the idea of it, but I don't think it plays out the right way. I'm trying to keep this spoiler free and I suspect that I shouldn't.

My major bugbear was two things, first I was unclear who Abagail is writing this for. Postmartin is making notes for someone (it may have been pointed out early on who for, but I may have forgotten) on Abagail's prose and this mostly feels like it's an excuse to explain Britishisms to Americans, because presumably American readers can't be bothered to google things when they hit a word that they don't know. But also to explain some youf speak which …