Storm Front by Jim Butcher book 1 in The Dresden Files series.
I’m on a reading group social page on the intranet at work and this series is constantly mentioned. I’d been meaning to start the series for ages and as I was going away for a week camping in Somerset decided it’d be a good time to start.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a private investigator in modern day Chicago, and also a wizard. It’s an odd setting, but I was drawn in from the start. The group at work largely say that the series takes three or four books to get going but I loved this book so should be in for a treat further down the line.
When a gangster and his “date” for the night are found in a sleazy hotel with their hearts exploded the local police turn to Harry as they suspect magic has been employed. From the off Harry is a likeable character. The story is told in the first person and Harry struck me as a cross between Fletch and a cooler, grown up Ron Weasley. It’s written with humour and considering the gruesome nature of the crimes is tastefully done and an easy read.
The supporting cast are well portrayed and promise development in the subsequent books. I can’t wait to read the rest of them, and they’ll be on heavy rotation in the coming months. As I was in the middle of nowhere with no Wi-Fi I couldn’t go straight to book two, but instead chose The Bat by Jo Nesbo, book one in the Harry Hole series. I’d downloaded this for my holiday in 2018 but it had been slipping off the first page of my Kindle for months.