Yes, the author did a great job of handling several narratives at once and pacing them well.
At first, the narration made me crazy. The narrator pauses a little too long between paragraphs and it was enough to be noticeable and irritating. But listening at 1.25x speed solves the problem completely.
Great listen. I will be downloading more from this author.
The story held your attention.
I enjoyed all 3 of the main characters Day, Hammersmith and the Doctor
A very good reader that brings the story mood and interest.
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Engaging, authentic, compelling
To some degree, the Anne Perry series set in a similar (maybe a bit later) era. This one was deeper, though, and really made you feel you were in at the start of a great series, and at the start of modern forensics.
The main guy, of course! Walter!
Ahhhh....nothing! Very enjoyable listen. I like strong voices that handle different characters and accents well - male or female.
Hope to see more from this author!
London was truly tough and grizzly in the 1800s. Crime was rampant, murders unsolved, no respect for police, morgues over crowded, child laborers and ridiculous medical practices. In spite of the horrors described in this book, the characters at the Yard seem real, doing their best in impossible situations. I appreciated their distinct personalities and began to pull for them in their investigations. The depth of the story was enjoyable enough to get me through the the gruesome parts. Worth the read.
The beginning of this story was quite promising, with an excellent narrator making up for what seemed at first like minor glitches, such as well-bred Victorians addressing servants and one another by their first names, and describing a London home as a "brownstone" of "golden bricks". That last leads me to suspect that the author has never been to London, and certainly never seen a brownstone. But I eventually found myself listening more for the next faux-pas than the next plot development, a decidedly bad sign. I so wanted to like this book, being in the mood for a new historical mystery series, but alas, it won't be this one. In addition to anachronisms, the plot became increasingly diffuse just when one least expected (or wanted) it to. I considered trying the second book of the series to see whether it might improve, but only if I can borrow it from the library, as I have better things on which to spend money or credits.
Just too many disturbing elements in this book to be enjoyable. I enjoy mysteries and detective stories, particularly those set in Victorian times. I am well aware of the dark side of that period of time in London. Still, the violence described here made me not want to finish the book. As I debated whether to go on, I realized I didn't care about most of the characters, with the exception of Highsmith. The author doesn't go into much detail about the personal aspects of the main characters; what they looked like, or anything that made me want to get to know them better. I can't think of a better word to describe the story but dry. Violent and dry. I am on chapter 32, so must be close to the end, but just do not want to go any further. That never happens!
I should have taken seriously a couple of reader comments but liking the era so much I thought surely it would work for me. It just did not. Some may be the narration which I found stolid and flat. Perhaps it was the pacing of the writing and story. What ever it was it just did not hold my interest. Also the time spent with the murder and his particular interests was just too grim for me.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
A police procedural just as police were emerging as professionals. Set in 1890s London smack at the Sherlockian moment… Alex Grecian creates a fascinating ensemble after a murky killer-of-cops. By combining emerging forensic sciences with dogged deductive police work, all with a supporting cast of culturally constrained characters who channel the action.. well the result's a fun read, um…. listen.
And Toby Leonard Moore creates emotionally credible and distinct characters. I liked this enough to almost immediately download "The Black Country" so I could stay in this great place. Unfortunately, as you'll see from my review of the second book in this Scotland Yard Murder Squad series… That was not my best decision.
Still, this book is worth the time… It's a true time machine.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
I could hardly get through the beginning.....I knew there was a child involved, that bothered me a lot and I was immediately afraid. The atmosphere & period of time when this is set (late 1800's) was terrible. Jack the Ripper was still on everyone's mind. The conditions, the way the police handled evidence and the way citizens treated the police astonished me. How did they survive? How did they ever solve a crime. The story ran in 3 parts at least....the murder of police detectives, the constable and chimney sweep, and the boy all meshed together in a miraculous way that kept me on the edge throughout. It made me want to shake some sense into these people. It was real, gut wrenching, high anxiety "reading". It was always difficult to stop listening. Well worth it. Be prepared to be either amazed or appalled.
Due to the narrator I can not rate the book/storyr. I have listened to many books the last couple years and this guy is absolutly the WORST. He reads a sentence pauses, then takes a very audible breath. This narrative stye carried on as far into the book as I could stand. His repetative cadence ruined what other wise started to feel like a good story.