This was a gripping book (occasionally predictable), but be warned that it is not for anyone with a weak stomach. I read a lot of mysteries and this is the first time I've seriously considered putting down an interesting story because of the gore. It's too the author's credit his descriptions are so powerful, but I don't think I can move forward with this series.
The reader is excellent and it was easy to know which character was speaking. The story is a bit to long and convoluted for my taste. I got confused with the subplots, but I suspect that is because I sometimes had to stop and start too often and in short sequences.
Good story with all the pieces solved at the end but too long getting there. Trying to weave numerous plots together makes it disjointed especially if you cannot listen to the whole book at one sitting.
Scotland Yard is known world wide and this story is an entertaining glimpse into the past and the introduction of new concepts like latent fingerprints and serial killers.
English Mystery is the best. This seems historically faithful if not accurate. Good yarn unique handling of action with multi threaded short chapters. Really brings you to Edwardian England. Now looking for the sequel. The reader does it all. Thanks
This book had so much potential, but so many issues - especially near the end of the book. It has a good plot and very good character development although at times it's hard to keep track of all of the characters. There was a lot of things that happened in some VERY short periods of time and the main characters really only had a few hours sleep through the entire story.
The end of the book is where some problems were very apparent. For example, the boy was in a cabinet that was barely big enough for him and yet 3 men ended up being able to get into the cabinet and down into the cellar. The tailor's cat somehow managed to get down into the cellar and back up out of the cellar. The author made it sound like the drop from the cabinet to the bottom of the cellar was quite a drop. How did the cat make it down without getting hurt?
The boy's foot/leg was trapped by rocks and the the author describes Hammersmith removing the rocks, you would think that the more than the boy's foot/leg would have had to of been buried by the rocks.
There is also a lot of things happening in complete and utter darkness. I'm not sure there could be that many places with complete darkness. Especially the bald man's carriage house. Horses were kept here and although I'm sure the construction was good, there would have been some light coming through gaps in the construction. I've read a lot of historical fiction and non-fiction and although barns and carriage houses were built well, to be completely dark in the house - even with the door open - it would have had to be a HUGE gigantic house/barn.
You get the picture. The story is pretty good and the characters are interesting and likable. The narration is very good!!! If you can overlook some of the issues with the book, it's not a total waste of time.
Two of my faves:period pieces and crime stories... this book satisfies both and does it well. The characters are likeable and you'll find yourself cheering for them too. I don't get into nitpicking whether or not the details are historically factual (and those who do should probably stick to non-fiction... js) I just enjoy the story if it's good. For me, this one is a good one... I'm on to the next one in rhe series.
I was really enjoying the story until the graphic violence turned me off. Beware! If you don't mind the violence, it is a very interesting setting and cast of characters.
Struggled to get through it. I was hoping for more suspense and thrills, but the delivery was a bit tedious. I enjoyed the characters, and I will say that I'm not put off enough to not give the 2nd book in the series a spin. Fingers crossed!