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The book follows straight on seamlessly from the first, and nicely builds on the themes: Paul Grant's magical training continues; we learn more about his family and his father's passion for jazz; there's something stalking the streets doing eye-wateringly nasty things to ardent men; Grant has to deal with what happened to his partner in the first book; and by the end it's clear that the book is firmly part of an ongoing series.
Perhaps because of this, I enjoyed it more than the first book (see "Rivers of London" for my review).
It's also a much more confident narrative. There's less of the enforced history lesson that slightly blighted Rivers of London. In fact, although there's still a wealth of detail that pins the book very firmly in London Town, it's completely unobtrusive. There's a villain to be faced, as well as creatures created by dark magic (to coin a phrase), and a central mystery the resolution of which is perhaps a little too obvious; or perhaps I've just read too many mystery novels. The book also contains one of the best chase scenes that I've ever read, a real page-turner.
So, my recommendation to buy the first one as a holiday read extends to the second. If possible, shop where Jay does to ensure the best price....