I picked-up Midnight Riot after reading Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl's recommendation of it at NPR. The book is set in contemporary London where young Constable Peter Grant discovers he has a knack for talking to ghosts. Peter gets assigned to a unit of the police force designated to investigate all matters related to ghosts, gods, goddesses, vampires and the like, and where his education in developing magical powers begins.
I had hopes that Midnight Riot would be a bit of a Harry Potter-type read, something fresh and transporting. Sadly, it was not. But it was sufficiently entertaining that I slowly worked my way through the entire story. In my opinion, it rates two out of five possible stars for the reader interested in a breezy read about magical events and creatures in merry old London.