The October Man
Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.
Reviewed on 22nd July 2019
A fascinating spin-off from the Rivers of London series, this novella is set in Germany, with the German equivalent of Peter Grant starring as a trainee magical police officer, investigating crimes with mystical involvement.
It contains a number of familiar elements that clearly place it in the same universe, and the odd tip of the hat to readers of the main series - yet could easily serve as a short introduction, as there’s no prior knowledge necessary to enjoy the story, which features an investigation into a mysterious death.
What I loved the most was in the narrative. It’s written in first person, and clearly depicted as having been translated from the original German - and this comes across wonderfully in the use of German idioms. This level of attention to detail made me chuckle and enjoy the book even more.