Finished reading January 29, 2015 (very quick read). This type of book is not generally my preferred genre, but do enjoy it and have found that I’ve been incorporating the Detective/Mystery element into my own Fantasy work of late.
Now for the book itself. “The Yard” is set in the late 19th Century, with a feel very similar to one of my favourite British TV shows “Ripper Street“. It touches on the sensitive subject of child abduction and, of course murder. Several gruesome murders are commited and Inspector Walter Day is put in charge of finding the killer. Because the identity of the killer is known early in the book, it’s really not a mystery. It is, for the most part, a thrilling suspense which leave one wondering how this individual will be caught.
I enjoyed the portrayal of the main characters, Inspector Day, Dr. Kingsley and Constable Hammersmith, and their history. One issue I had here was, because we know who the killer is it would have been interesting to know more about his past.
Technically I had minor problems with dialog. It was not poorly written, but because it was not tagged regularly, I sometimes found myself having to read the portions several times in order to determine who was speaking. (Like I said, minor problem. Might just be me.)
Very good read, and recommend it to you. Alex’s other books are on my reading list for later in the year. 4/5 Stars is what I give it.
Started reading this book the other night evening. Don’t want to put it down, but I must.
by Alex Grecian @alexgrecian
~~~ Book Description ~~~
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 spectacular 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.
~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~