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The Devil's Workshop: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3 | [Alex Grecian]

The Devil's Workshop: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3

London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.
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Publisher's Summary

Scotland Yard's Murder Squad faces the most shocking case of its existence, in the extraordinary new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national best seller The Yard.

London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

And that isn't even the worst of it. During the escape, the killers have stumbled upon the location of another notorious murderer, one thought gone for good but now prepared to join forces with them.

Jack the Ripper is loose in London once more.

©2014 Alex Grecian (P)2014 Penguin

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    Kandi ruckersville, VA, USA 07-22-14
    Kandi ruckersville, VA, USA 07-22-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Violent and Lacks Coherence"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked the first book very much, and the second one was good. They had good plots and were interesting for what they showed of the day. I liked the Doctor who was pushing the edge of forensic science. But this one was violent for the sake of shock value. The violence was so far unrealistic, especially for the medical capabilities of the day, that they lost all connection with reality. I am so sorry.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was as if he brought in new threads at the end just to leave them loose. Nothing was finished. This one isn't worth reading. Good guys are bad, bad guys are over the top, and the motivations of everyone are absurd.


    What didn’t you like about John Curless’s performance?

    The reader did the best he could with the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Almost none.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry that I discovered a new author I liked only to be disappointed so much with this book. I seldom write reviews, but I hope the author reads this and gets back to the great book he started with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Sledge 05-28-14
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    "Series Inconsistency"
    Would you try another book from Alex Grecian and/or John Curless?

    I enjoyed the first two titles of this series, and looked forward to this third entry. HOWEVER, I do not like thrillers -- not as books or as films or as TV programs. The Devil's Workshop turned out to be a thriller with all the things I hate about the genre: repeated, graphic violence and implied and stated gore; repeated, unrelenting menace; manipulative suspense. None of this was suggested by the Audible description. I love historical mysteries and British procedurals, but please leave the blood and gore "off screen." I finished the book, but will view with suspicion Alex Grecian's next title in this series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia McKinney Reading, PA USA 07-21-14
    Patricia McKinney Reading, PA USA 07-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Too gruesome."
    Has The Devil's Workshop turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Curless’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is more of a thriller and a horror story than a mystery. I simply do not want to spend more time with a filth-covered Jack the Ripper with no pants on. Yuck!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Petersburgh, NY, United States 10-17-14
    Cheryl Petersburgh, NY, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Creepy"

    This was not what I expected at all. The story is a good one, but the gruesomeness was chilling. That said, I enjoyed it very much. Go figure. The narrator is perfect for the story.

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    Ronna 10-02-14
    Ronna 10-02-14
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    "Excellent performance for this book"

    This third Scotland Yard Murder Squad Mystery is especially enjoyable. I am definitely not a fan of horror stories, but this book was very earnie, dark and compelling, drawing me into the plot almost immediately. Grecian has given Jack the Ripper a new start on his reign of murder and evil, giving him almost the persona of the antichrist. The literal underground of London added great historical interest to the plot also.

    This book stands alone just fine, but I am personally glad that I read the previous two books in the series because knowing the background of the Murder Squad adds so much. Inspector Day and his wife are expecting their first child. Their friends and fellow workers get themselves in life threatening situation once again, and the expected child adds to their threatened lives. Life in 1890's Scotland Yard is very new for the times, and much different than today's investigative policeman.

    I listened to this on Audible and the delivery was spectacular. The tone and breath of Jack's voice added an air of authenticity to the story that would be difficult to duplicate by just reading the story for yourself. Grecian's Murder Squad continue to please my sense of storytelling. He creates an atmosphere with his words that is marvelously mysterious, and well above the average story telling. Recommend beginning with THE YARD.

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    Galadriel 09-17-14
    Galadriel 09-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good page turner."
    Any additional comments?

    Too creepy to be called a "cozy" murder mystery - maybe that's why so many reviewers seemed rattled by this entry into the series? I thought it was just fine, in the tradition of many other macabre Victorian murder mysteries. Well done. Still a fan of Alex Grecian.

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    Blue Dragonfly 09-04-14

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    "Edge of your seat suspense"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Workshop to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version, but I find audiobooks always better if the narrator is good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Workshop?

    It would be hard to state here, because it would spoil the story. There were many cliff hanging moments, but the ending is really unexpected.


    Which character – as performed by John Curless – was your favorite?

    At first I didn't think I'd like him as well as the narrator on the first two novels. However, he was excellent with all of the voices and I really enjoyed his performance. Perhaps his voice for "Saucy Jack" was the most chilling and he was excellent with colloquial accents, such as Hammersmith's. He is also very good with women's voices and those of youngsters in such a subtle way that you feel as if you are hearing different people speaking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In Alex Grecian's books I am always touched by the small acts of kindness and compassion that occur, almost subtly, in an otherwise chilling and suspenseful story. In this one, the courage of the elderly neighbor, was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book in this series but didn't care for the second one because the setting was so depressing. So I plunged into this third one, hoping it would be as good as the first novel and I wasn't disappointed. The characters (even the villains) are so multi-dimensional. I think this is one of Alex Grecian's finest points as a writer. There are no "black and whites" and it makes you see all sides and why the characters are motivated to do what they do. This book has a very unique twist on the" disappearance" of Jack the Ripper which seems very plausible. t also keeps you guessing as to what is coming next. This book is creepy, tense,exciting and also heartwarming. It twists and turns and kept me totally connected to the story. I'm looking forward to the next one with anticipation. Alex Grecian just gets better and better!

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    mike charleston 08-01-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Did Alex Grecian write this book???"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like glorified violence, supermen that can attack people after being chained up for a year, and a weak plot, then you will like this book. I was so disappointed in this book. I really enjoyed the first two books, and was excited for the third. It was as if someone other than the author wrote this book. He made the main characters into little children, who can't take care of themselves. The ending was very disappointing, for we know that this one didn't end. I was hoping that this one would be a mistake by Alex and he would get back to his style in the first two books, but i am afraid that wont happen.


    What could Alex Grecian have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If he would have stuck to his first two books, that would have been better. I really enjoyed his first two books, but now i'm not so sure I want to go on.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine i think. I am not sure if it was the reader or the book that made them feel whiny.


    What character would you cut from The Devil's Workshop?

    Jack the Ripper for sure. If you want to read a book on Jack the ripper then read portrait of a killer by Patrica Cornwall.


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    Luckigirl PHOENIX, AZ, United States 06-15-14
    Luckigirl PHOENIX, AZ, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "not my favorite in the series"

    the switch in narrators surprisingly bothered me quite a bit. this third installment wasn't bad but it did feel rushed and was a bit predictable. truly enjoyed the first two books in the series more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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