One thing can be said about Broken Homes: It is certainly interesting. Though the middle section of the novel is bogged down in extraneous, seemingly unconnected events, readers who stick with the story will likely enjoy it as much this reviewer did. Aaronovitch has a very witty, casual voice, with a tendency toward sarcasm and humor, which is threaded throughout Broken Homes. And a few crazy plot twists will devastate and delight fans in equal measure.
Peter Grant is training to become a detective, a seemingly impossible task since he’s got quite a bit on his plate as a magician’s apprentice and keeper of the magical flame. His love life is complicated at best, as his maybe-sort-of girlfriend, Lesley, goes hot or cold from one moment to the next. Nightingale, his instructor, has secrets galore, and Peter’s work is cut out for him with mystery after mystery thrown at him. (DAW, Feb., 320 pp., $7.99)