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!
Anything but this
Anyone. Why does he pause so much????/ It's so interrupting!!
Couldn't listen to it at all.
The Narrator is just terrible. I really want to listen to this story, but the Narrator. Why so many pauses?????
Great murder mystery, great plot & character development, great accent & still easy to understand. I look forward to the next. Bravo!
I write romantic suspense with a little southern grit. I love romance & adventure w/a little mystery & suspense. I believe in happy endings.
This fantastic, historical mystery was full of action and intrigue. The cast of characters were fun and interesting with fabulously different personalities. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction of the characters and the twists and turns of the mysteries. Very influenced by the Victorian era and the fear cast by Jack the Ripper's escape from justice, London is in need of men like Day and Hammersmith. The discoveries of new detecting methods and medical practices add to the excitement of this time period. I look forward to reading more of these mysteries and hope Grecian has created a series of these wonderful stories!
At first the tempo of the narrator bothered me, but after awhile, it comforted me and allowed me to concentrate on all the characters and all the stories....I can see Masterpiece Theatre doing this as a series!
and I am glad that it is. That is another thing I like about Audible. There are already four published books in this series and I had not heard of it until Audible brought it to my attention. This series opener introduces the reader to interesting characters of the Scotland Murder Squad on the heels of the Jack the Ripper murder spree. We open with a murdered detective, the suspicious death of a child, and a kidnapped young boy. Lots of story to keep the reader interested with excellent narration. I am ready for book two.
Story was well put together, and multifaceted. I will be looking for other books by this author. Also enjoyed the performance of the book. Well done.