He gives the killer away within moments
Great for the subject I just wish it was a better book
I would have an entire rewrite give me a mystery to solve in a mystery thriller.
If you like Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt or William Monk series, then this is a book you should read. There are many interesting characters that provide an in-depth view of Victorian London. The plot and subplots make it impossible to just turn it off and go to bed. I can't wait for the next installment of this new series.
I believe if you listen to this book you will not rank it in your all time best but most won't feel it was a waste. I like some of the characters but others I felt deserved more attention. I felt the narrator did a good job and would listen to other books by him. My general feeling was that the author was kind of exploring the space and that his books will only improve from here. If you like this period in time I am not sure all of it is 100% accurate but you did feel some of the limitations of criminology in the time as well as the burgeoning of scientific method in the craft. That part was fun as the author worked through how discussions and methodology might have worked in the time. I just felt there was more creative license then research in some of the choices made by the author than I usually like in this type of book.
I would read this author again.
I liked this book. It did have a few anachronisms re forensic science and psychology as one reviewer mentioned. But I like detailed stories. There were numerous plot/subplots to add additional Victorian flavor and the narrator was GREAT! He differentiated between the various characters so that you knew who was whom. Day and Hammersmith were strong characters who were well supported by the large number of other characters spread throughout the novel. I would love to see a series with these two characters as well as their boss at the Yard, 2 other murder squad detectives, the forensic surgeon, his daughter and his new employee, and lastly Day's wife.
On the con side, the story was pretty long and the multiple murder cases were almost unbelievable. It did have a few grisly descriptions but this is the era of Jack the Ripper after all..
The Yard is a good read for a long listen and it did provide some historical details that stimulated my interest to find out more about life in Victorian London. It might do the same for you too.
This was not a great book to listen to on audio. Although the accents were enjoyable, the novel itself is rather slow moving and there is not a lot of characterization early on in the novel which made it a challenge to get the characters clear in your mind.
I found the book merely to be a spin-off of the traditional Sherlock Holmes tales. Grecian was given an inch of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and made it into The Yard. I did not find anything original in Grecian's approach or his story line. If the goal was simply to create a tale modeled after a master, then he did that.
The narrator was fine.
With the television series Elementary, I definitely could see the novel made into an episode or two.
The plot had just enough suspense - definately not over the top as is so often the case.
I've listened to 10s of books. But it was Toby Leonard Moore's performance that caused me to write this review. He was the best narrator I've heard. I would buy a book based on his narration alone.
I found that I fell in love with the characters. The intertwining storylines were interesting, and there were a few genuine surprises. I listen to my books on my 40 minute commute, and there were times I was a little late in because I had to sit in the parking lot to hear how the scene turned out! I also love historical fiction, so this little peek into the early days of Scotland Yard was most enjoyable.
I found I needed a little break here and there, mostly due to the somewhat repetitive nature of "let's explain how thumbprints work to everyone all over again" - but it was a necessary evil, I think.
I read on Goodreads that this is book one of a planned series. Hooray! I can't wait for the rest - I want to spend more time in this world.
Liked premise, London murder squad, after Jack the Ripper. But way too many characters, murderers, methods, and motives. Jumps between plots were awkward! Would try a later one, only if it reviewed well.
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crafty, disturbing, exciting
The best thing I like about "The Yard" is how utterly unpredictable it is. I gave up trying to figure things out pretty early on, because nothing I thought would happen happened.
Toby Leonard Moore does great accents, giving each character a little something different.
Not in the beginning, but as the story began to unfold there were moments where I would stay in my car long after I had arrived at work to finish listening to the more exciting parts of the story.