Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is - though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company - a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem....
©2016 Alex Grecian (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Finding a good detective story without sex and swearing is difficult. I suppose I can bend to a little gruesomeness. That said, this book is very well done and ties up many loose ends left over from the previous book. Grecian never seems to run out of new monsters with which to unnerve us and he leaves us in a good place to bring about a particularly troubling one for his next book. I am glad that he does not play a "Game of Thrones" with us by killing off our heroes, but he still leaves us unsettled from the loss of one of his characters. I only wish he had not taken the one he did or irritate us with male insensitivity toward women. It is barely tolerable that the heroes are slow to pick up clues and lag behind the villains until the very end, but to compound it with male stupidity pushes tolerance to its limits.
Grecian sets a consistent tone throughout his books and the narration of John Curless is excellent in expanding the mood. His narration of Jack is marvelously creepy.
I started this series about 1 month ago and fell in love with the characters and the writing. Book 1 is not that gruesome and book 2 is midly so. By book 3 it is full blown guts and gore but the storyline keeps you going. I will stick with this series for as long as Alex Grecian continues to write them. He is an amazing author.
I do prefer the narrator from the first 2 books in the series, but the books are great either way. The stories are great and hook you in so you don't want to stop listening! Highly recommend and can't wait for the next book in the series!
Another stellar work from Alex Grecian! Just when you think there can't be any more plot twists, another comes along. I've never had a book keep me awake at night trying to figure out what will happen next. This one did! The characters are totally believable and some quite loveable, like Mr. Halfpenny.
I write romantic suspense with a little southern grit. I love romance & adventure w/a little mystery & suspense. I believe in happy endings.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others in this series. The writing and the plot are still outstanding, but the characters, though well written have truly pissed me off! Neville needs a kick in the bottom! And what were you thinking killing off one of my favorite characters! How dare you! I adore this series, Inspector Day is a fabulous hero with a wonderful intellect until it comes to dealing with his wife. She is definitely the more assertive of the two. I love the strong women characters and the fallible men. They are none one dimensional but multifaceted and very real. The mystery and suspense coupled with the forensics history and the Victorian London setting makes this a must read for anyone who loves historicals or CSI stories.
From first book, The Yard to this Lost and Gone Forever I enjoyed the narration and the mystery of the books. Recommend listening to anyone who enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes collection.
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