The Yard

Grecian, Alex

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Yard
Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives--known as "The Murder Squad"--to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police's spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . . . When Walter Day, the squad's newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard's first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad . . . but why? Filled with fascinating period detail, and real historical figures, this spectacular debut in a new series showcases the depravity of late Victorian London, the advent of criminology, and introduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal to fans of The Sherlockian and The Alienist.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012.
ISBN: 9780399149542
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,24 cm.


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This is the first book in Alex Grecian's Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series. Very fun!

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Oct 26, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A new type of criminal has emerged as the unsolved case of Jack the Ripper looms over London. Worse yet, the citizens no longer trust these police who are poorly prepared for what is coming, and obstruct their investigations more often than not. The Yard follows the day to day of these over-worked, under-paid, yet devoted defenders within the framework of solving the murder of one of their own. Right off the bat we are given the answers through a series of sections told from the criminal's point of view. This makes it less a mystery novel, and more a story about the individuals in the Murder Squad itself. These characters each have their own distinct appearance, past, and thought processes, with the later point being especially relevant as crimes were harder to solve in the 1800's. The author studies the characters, as much as the time period. We see them just as policework is beginning to specialize, which is in reaction to criminals who are becoming smarter, and more irrationally violent. They will need new procedures, science, and a keen wit to catch this new breed of killer.

Oct 02, 2014
  • ChristineT_RPL rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Here is one that I could not put down. I even contemplated calling in sick to work just to read this book. I loved the way the author created every detail of this world. Alex Grecian uses actual historical characters and places to add to the reality of this story. I must warn you thought that this is not for the faint of heart. There are some gruesome descriptions of the murders, from the victims point of view. Blood and gore galore!

Mar 23, 2014
  • rlbishop7880 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent writing. There are multiple story threads and various points of view, but it's always easy to keep track of where you are and what's happening. If you like historical fiction this is an excellent step into Victorian England. Plenty of romance while maintaining the gritty danger of life on the streets. A good balance of humor against the murderous backdrop as well.

Mar 20, 2014
  • alex59 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great characters one cares about, fine historical detail, didn't want to put it down till I was finished. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Hope there's more good books coming from this author.

Jul 18, 2013

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: Great mystery set in Victorian London. Interesting characters, fast paced read.

Feb 20, 2013

I read at least 3 books a week. This one the best I have read this month. I read it in 2 days. This author will rise to the top of historical fiction. The Characters are real & the suspense last till the end.

Oct 20, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book.

Jul 09, 2012

Excellent - must read for historical mystery buffs!!!!!!


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