What Abigail Did That Summer

What Abigail Did That Summer

by Ben Aaronovitch

Book #5.7 in the Peter Grant series, published 2021

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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.

Abigail hopes one day to be allowed entry into the hallowed world of magic, which she certainly knows is real. She is perceived as a ghost hunter, fox whisperer, and a real troublemaker.

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?

This is the second novel told from the perspective of a character other than Peter Grant. It deals with Abigail’s investigation into a rash of “temporary” missing schoolmates. They turn up soon after the police become involved, however unaware where they’ve been.