Lesley May is a police officer who worked alongside Peter during their probationary period and joined the Folly in Whispers Underground as Nightingale's apprentice.

Lesley has an attractive face and is described as short, blonde and "impossibly perky, even in a stab vest".

Personality Edit

Lesley May is initially described as "impossibly perky", even in a stab vest.[1] Lesley is highly focused and frequently described as having a great aptitude for police work. She is described by Inspector Neblett as, "a proper thief-taker"[2] and by Chief Inspector Seawoll, as "the best of [her] generation"[3], and refers to herself as, "bloody amazing as a copper."[4] However, she has a bit of a cynical streak regarding the possibility of there ever actually being law and order.[5][6]

Early Life Edit

Not much is known about Lesley's past. Like Peter, she grew up in "her fair share" of council housing.[7] She started her police career at the same time as Peter and finished her probationary period with outstanding results.

Her parents live outside of London in Brightlingsea, on the Essex coast. Her father is named Henry May, who works as a lorry driver. The name of her mother is unknown. She has five older sisters, one of whom is named Tanya.

She used to read books by Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding.[8]

Present Edit

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Rivers of London Edit

Lesley finished her probationary period at the same time as Peter, but due to her outstanding abilities as a police officer got sorted into the Westminster Murder Team at Belgravia. Despite being separated from Peter, she continues to help him with his case, obtaining information and speculating over possible solutions, while still working at the Murder Team.

It is later revealed she had been possessed by the ghost of Henry Pyke and Mr. Punch, the spirit of riot, resulting in her face falling off due to the magic used.

Moon Over Soho Edit

Due to her injury at the end of Rivers of London, Lesley doesn't appear much in the second book, aside from a visit and a few mentions from Peter and phone calls. As her face got destroyed, she starts wearing a mask to cover it.

However, at the very end of the book, Peter comes to visit her again and it turns out that she has mastered the Lux spell.

Whispers Underground Edit

Due to the final scene in Moon Over Soho she also gets taken in as Nightingale's apprentice and learns magic alongside Peter, even showing more precision and accuracy in her execution of spells than him. She still does not appear much though, as her injury keeps her firmly in the background and she often has to go to hospitals to help her with her injury and trying to restore at least part of its function.

Broken Homes Edit

Lesley features more prominently in Broken Homes than the previous two books, supporting Peter in his case work. She notably starts a sexual relationship with Zach, mostly due to her seeking out someone who can see past her destroyed face.

At the end of Broken Homes, she betrays Peter in the final showdown between him and the Faceless Man by tasering him as he is about to reveal the Faceless Man's identity. By the end of the book she is missing and is suspected to have become an ally of the Faceless Man.

Foxglove Summer Edit

Lesley texts Peter several times during the book, demonstrating knowledge of current police activities that she shouldn't have.  This initially causes problems for Peter as he is then suspected of keeping contact with her, despite her status as a criminal.

The Hanging Tree Edit

Confronts Peter at Harrods, showing an apparently restored face. Suggests there are things about magic the Folly doesn't know and disappears, after having fought Peter and destroyed a department at Harrods in the process.

She engages with him again and is almost taken in for questioning by Peter and Guleed but once again she manages to escape.

In his final musings, Peter realises that her possession by Mr. Punch has made her vital to The Faceless Man's plans.

Lies Sleeping Edit

Lesley continues her work with The Faceless Man and contacts Peter throughout trying to dissuade him from interfering with The Faceless Man's plans.

They meet face to face in a Pub where she again warns Peter and tells him not to follow her. When Peter is captured following her. She is the one to provide food to him when he's captive with Foxglove.

In the books final sequence she reveals the reason behind her partnership with The Faceless Man that she wants to kill Mr Punch for the damage done to his face. When Peter foils the plan she kills Faceless Man because he couldn't enact her revenge and escapes.

She remains at large.

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Trivia Edit

  • In the US version of Rivers of London, titled Midnight Riot, and in the US edition of Moon Over Soho, her first name is spelled Leslie instead of Lesley. The author has written that he originally named the character Leslie with an "ie", which was changed by his British publisher but not his American publisher at the time. In the third book, the American publisher did not bother changing the name. A new US publisher took over the fourth book, and chose to keep using Lesley with an "ey". [10]

References Edit

  1. Rivers of London Chapter 1
  2. Rivers of London Chapter 2
  3. Whispers Underground Chapter 13
  4. Rivers of London Chapter 1
  5. Rivers of London Chapter 1
  6. Broken Homes Chapter 16
  7. Broken Homes Chapter 6
  8. Whispers Under Ground
  9. Rivers of London
  10. "Why Lesley Plays Soccer on the Sidewalk"