Scotland Yard's Murder Squad - and Jack the Ripper - return in the extraordinary new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national best seller The Yard.
In The Devil's Workshop, London discovered that Jack the Ripper was back, sending the city - and Scotland Yard's Murder Squad - into chaos. But now it is even worse. Not only is the Ripper still at large, but so is another killer just as bad.
For Inspector Walter Day, it has been a difficult time. His wife has given birth to twins, his hostile in-laws have come to stay, and a leg injury has kept him at his desk. But when the Harvest Man begins killing, carving people's faces off their skulls, the Yard knows they need Day in the field.
Not so Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith. Rash actions have cost him his job, but that doesn't stop his obsessive hunt for the Ripper. When the mutilated bodies of prostitutes start turning up again, Hammersmith enlists the help of a criminal network to stop Saucy Jack, his methods carrying him further and further from the ideals of the Yard, so far in fact that he may never be able to find his way back.
Of course the Ripper's been playing a game with him - with Walter Day as well. He is pushing both of them to their limits, and what happens when they get there...no one can say.
©2015 Alex Grecian (P)2015 Penguin Audio
In Anchorage AK since 2007. Found audio books in 1996. I remember the huge boxes of cassettes in the mail! Sometimes w/a faulty cassette!
Not going to say a lot because none of my reviews have been "helpful". There has to be a fifth book to come and I will anxiously be looking forward to it.
No. This series has become more disorganized as it has progressed. I think it's time for Mr. Grecian to take a vacation and decide what he intends to do with this story.
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. By the third book, Mr. Grecian started moving into a story line that was still somewhat enjoyable but becoming more difficult to understand and/or believe. The Harvest Man is so unbelievable and disorganized that I could only listen in short segments. I did finish the book because I wanted to be fair to Mr. Grecian, but he only dug the hole deeper. I was totally depressed by the time I heard the end of this book. I have no idea what Mr. Grecian intends to do with the rest of this story but I doubt I'll spend anymore money or time to find out.
I have always enjoyed listening to Mr. Curless's performances and this was no exception.
Excellently crafted tale once again, this is a fantastic series each book building on the prior. Well rounded characters, brought to life by the narrator in such vivid colour. It takes a great talent to be able to voice so many characters with such variety. Too many audio characters are nearly indistinguishable from each, not so here. The only solace to take from the cliffhanger ending is that it promises a continuation of the story. I for one will be eagerly anticipating it's release!
A lot of loose ends in this one, and one serious cliff hanger at the end.
My biggest issue with this novel is not knowing the Harvest Man's back story. He's an interesting villain but I want to know what made him.
Narration by Mr. Curless as usual, was brilliant. No complaints.
I definitely want more from these characters, especially Mr. Hammersmith and Dr. Kingsley. I really enjoy the period and atmosphere of these stories.
I loved this series but feel cheated at the ending of this book. If an author cannot write a story good enough to keep readers wanting more the author should do something else. This is a cheap cliffhanger ending on par with " it was all a dream" type writing Makes the main character weak and no more than a pawn to try to sell the next book. I am incredibly disappointed in Mr. Grecian.
I write romantic suspense with a little southern grit. I love romance & adventure w/a little mystery & suspense. I believe in happy endings.
The Harvest Man kept me up wondering what would happen next. This time in forensic history with new thoughts and technologies abounding is exciting all on its own. Add in Jack the Ripper and the cast of characters from the detective squad, victims, families and murderers and the story becomes electric!
The narrator, John Curless brings the story to life. His inflection and tone have a cadence that can go from soothing to creepy with just a whisper. The author and actor are well suited for these intriguing stories and I can hardly wait to hear the next one!
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I really like this series & these characters. I'm delighted that there is going to be another one. The reader is excellent & doesn't get carried away with different voices for the characters. I find that very distracting in some audiobooks. If British period mysteries is your choice, try these
I do love this series, but I definitely preferred the narrator of the first 2 books in the series. This narrator makes the main character sound a lot less confident than in the first 2 books.
A lot of the characters now sound the same and I never can tell what type of accent they are supposed to have. The Ripper, the coroner's assistant, Day's wife, the ripper, and a couple others on occasion have a sing song quality that can be annoying. The book actually mentions the ripper having a sing song quality to his voice.
This particular book in the series had 3 serial killers at once, so you have to pay close attention if you don't want to get everyone confused. Besides liking the narrator better in the first 2 books, I also liked those books best. They had a great story line and were less complicated. I do like all of the books, but I couldn't stop listening to the first 2 once I started them.
I hate to be knit picky, but I am hoping that if there is a 6th book in the series, perhaps the first narrator will come back and things will be more like the first 2 books if my and other opinions are taken into consideration. But, overall, great books!!
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