The Yard - Murder Squad, Bk 1 Author:Alex Grecian 1889, LONDON. — JACK THE RIPPER’S REIGN OF TERROR IN FINALLY OVER, BUT A NEW ONE IS JUST BEGINNING. — Victorian London—a violent cesspool of squalid depravity. Only twelve detectives—The Murder Squad—are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. Formed after the Metropolitan Police’s spectac... more »ular failure in capturing Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers the brunt of public contempt. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…
A Scotland Yard Inspector has been found stuffed in a black steamer trunk at Euston Square Station, his eyes and mouth sewn shut. When Walter Day, the squad’s new hire, is assigned to the case, he finds a strange ally in Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard’s first forensic pathologist. Their grim conclusion: this was not just a random, bizarre murder but in all probability, the first of twelve. Because the squad itself it being targeted and the devious killer shows no signs of stopping before completing his grim duty. But Inspector Day has one more surprise, something even more shocking than the crimes: the killer’s motive.« less
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This is a wonderful book. It takes off from the first page and grips you til the last. Jack the Ripper's recent actions have turned the London populace against the police and Scotland Yard. When one of their own turns up murdered, it's up to newcomer Det. Day to find his killer. The addition of several characters who are real historical figures during the time is great, and I loved the new discoveries in forensics that are just coming to light.
Grecian's gritty and realistic feel for London is amazing. You feel right there with the characters and places and feelings of the time period.
I sincerely hope this is the first in a series, because the characters were terrific, I cared what happened to them, and this author could go far with the story he's created.
Author C. J. Sansom has Matthew Shardlake, a solicitor turned detective set in Tudor England. Shardlake has a trusted assistant and a physician friend who is instrumental in helping him solve murder mysteries.
Author C. S. Harris has Sybastian St. Cyr, a gentlemen with a knack for solving murders set in early 19th century England. St. Cyr has a loyal assistant and works closely with a trusted detective to solve murder mysteries. He has a close friend who is a physician knowledgable in autopsies and forensics of the day and is instrumental in helping to solve the crimes.
In this debut, Alex Grecian has Inspector Day, new to Scotland Yard, who forges a close alliance with a Constable to solve grisly murders in late 19th century Victorian England. He becomes friends with a physician turned medical examiner and coroner who provides needed clues to solve murders.
These series have one more thing in common. They are very good. Grecian has written an exceptional debut period thriller that will leave you eager for his sophomore effort. I'm looking forward to spending more time with Inspector Day.
Karen R. reviewed The Yard (Murder Squad, Bk 1) on
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I was really surprised. This is a great first book! Fast paced, gripping and full of history, whether all factual or not. It is has everything a great read requires. No wonder it was a national best seller!
I really enjoyed this first novel by Alex Grecian whose work before this has always been in graphic novels. The book starts out with a bang, and ends with everything tied up very neatly. Extremely satisfying. The only odd thing I found was that it almost seems to have been written by two people. Starting out it's very serious and full of the history of London back in the 1800s. About midway through though, there is a very clear shift in style. The story becomes a bit pat, easy to track what's going to happen next. Almost formulaic. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it however. I read it eagerly and felt good about every bit of explanation to the very last. I believe that somewhere along the way the author realized this would make a great series, and shifted the plot accordingly. Without the shift in style, I would have given it a five star rating. But four star isn't bad. I'm looking forward to the next one in this beginning series.