The Minority Council
is the fourth book in Kate Griffins unfolding series about urban magician,
occasional midnight mayor and very reluctant hero Matthew Swift.
In this instalment Mr Swift, as he is oft called by his recalcitrant
official helpers the aldermen, encounters divisions within his ranks in the form of the
minority council. When Matthew Swift became the midnight mayor the minority council
proposed killing Matthew. This he suspected but couldnt prove. Now Matthew Swift
finds he is dealing with an outbreak of fairy dust, the fairy godmother and less than
fulsome support from his official staff; to be fair, staff for a role he never wanted in
the first place. So the game is on: lies, deception and double dealing and that is
from his home team, never mind the grief that the fairy godmother is trying to deal him.
Mayhem and destruction, intentional and serendipitous result. Another less than
satisfactory month in the life of Matthew Swift unfolds.
Kate Griffin has delivered another excellent novel populated with a cast
of fast talking edgy cynical thugs, and laconic, jaundiced rogues for whom violence is
just earnest discussion by less long winded means. If London is the backdrop, and Brick
Lane the eatery then this is a chicken jalfrazi of a dish washed down with two
Fullers India pale ales (poppadoms on the side): spicy but very satisfying.