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This represents an attempt to piece together a basic timeline of the series, using mostly information internal in the stories, and the chronology published in the author's blog, cf. a chronology of rivers-of-london books.

  • In The Hanging Tree, a newspaper headline is mentioned, "UKIP TO ROCK WESTMINSTER", which was actually used by The Daily Express at October 9:th, 2014.
  • The Home Crowd Advantage takes place during the London 2012 summer olympics.
  • The "Moments" are actually dated in their respective subtitles to a specific year (1966, 2012, 2014).

These are the only fixed time referents in the books. From these, the following, tentative and inconsistent timeline can be inferred:

  • 1966
  • 2012
  • 2013
    • Broken Homes
      • Presumably spring 2013, since Beverley says to Peter, regarding he has not sent any message during her hostage time, "not one in nine months".
      • Varvara Sidorovna's arrest, referred to in next book as "two months before" (August), must have taken place in June.
    • Body Work
    • Foxglove Summer
      • Said to happen in August, presumably 2013. However weather in the UK was good for June and July and terrible in August, starting with thunderstorms on the 2nd and then deteriorating. Peter has only been with the Folly for a little over a year at this point. "You have been with the SAU for over a Year? ... Since February last year."
    • Night Witch
    • Black Mould
  • 2014
    • Moments two
    • A rare book of cunning device
      • Said to happen 17 years after the British Library was built in 1997.
    • The Hanging Tree
      • Refers the the events of "Foxglove Summer" as "the previous summer".
      • Daily Express headline pinpoints one date at October 9:th, 2014.
      • Peter says of FBI Agent Kimberley Reynolds: "We'd met a couple of years back [...] exchanged may be five emails apiece since then --- mostly at Christmas". They first met in "Whispers Under Ground".

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