Thumbs up for Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch. Fantasy.
Sometimes you read a book that makes you want to grab everyone you meet and shout “Hey! Is there any chance you might like urban fantasy about a cop who is apprenticed to the last magician working for the London police? THEN YOU SHOULD READ THIS SERIES.” Do you meet that description? THEN GO READ IT.
Only it wasn’t really [a special statue], at least not in and of itself. It depicted the ever popular, “Venus-Aphrodite surprised by a sculptor and struggling to cover her tits with one hand and keeping her drape at waist height with the other” so beloved of art connoisseurs in the long weary days before the invention of Internet porn. It was twenty centimeters high, and only when I picked it up did I realize that it was not only made of the same material as the fruit bowl but also slightly magical. Nothing like the fruit bowl, but had we been talking radioactivity, then my Geiger counter would have been ticking away in a sinister fashion.
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