That said, Broken Homes is not the one to start with. After an initial discovery of a murder following an odd traffic accident, one crime links to another and another through a chain of events that leads to The Faceless Man, and you're going to need the backstory in order to follow everything that's going on from there. So if you haven't read the first three books, locate The Rivers of London if you're somewhere you'd have the UK edition or Midnight Riot if you'd have the U.S. version (apparently rivers aren't exciting enough for us?) and start now.
Armed with all previous knowledge of characters and events, Broken Homes is still a twisty story that will keep you on your toes from one page to the next, and the end comes with a big twist that took me completely by surprise. I can't wait for the next book.
Overall grade: A