In book three, Peter is called to Baker Street tube station, where under the watchful gaze of Sherlock Holmes- the statue not the fictional character- he is involved with an investigation into the death of James Gallagher, son of an American senator. But unlike the investigations of the fictional detective, this story isn't wrapped up in a moment of genius deduction. The story follows a realistic metropolitan police investigation. And, without giving away the plot, the story wouldn't work without this factor.
That obviously ways the book down a little bit, as it limits the audience of the book. It's written in a way that ten years and onwards would enjoy, but it's just far too rude!
Another downside is a scene where Peter hallucinates four hundred years into the past. It slows down the plot, so not so enjoyable, especially as it happens as the adventure gets to an all time high!
Apart from that, I hardly have any more criticisms. Apart from, maybe, that the authors second name is a chore to write- especially with autocorrect- so I have to type Ben, which makes it sound informal!
The magic in the series is a key element, as it provides something for the folly to investigate. But the great thing, is that instead of swishing wands around, the magic is tedious to learn, as the incantations are written in Latin. The magic itself is even more interesting though. Instead of making colourful beams of light, it'll fry a computer chip when wired to electricity and rot your brain. Which wouldn't happen in Harry Potter now would it?
Another great thing is that, even though there is a continuous theme of the faceless man, the crime is a crime and not an evil scheme by him. This adds a level of reality to the story, which just makes it even better.
The characters are all brilliant, especially Inspector Seawoll. Although he's very rude, the inspector presents a brilliant representation of a police officer who isn't overly thrilled with his job. Along with Inspector Nightingale and Frank Caffery and his merry band of paramilitary troopers, he's one of the greatest characters.
Whispers Underground is, if not very rude and inappropriate in some cases, a superb books. The characters are believable, the investigation clever and the conclusion brilliant! One of a four book series by the writer of 1980s episode of Doctor Who: Battlefield, this is brilliant story.
I give it 8/10.