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The Yard | [Alex Grecian]

The Yard

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.
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Publisher's Summary

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own... one of the 12....

When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad.... but why?

Filled with fascinating period detail, and real historical figures, this spectacular debut in a new series showcases the depravity of late Victorian London, the advent of criminology, and introduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal to fans of The Sherlockian and The Alienist.

©2012 Alex Grecian (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Rose United States 03-30-13
    Rose United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellant"
    What did you love best about The Yard?

    The story held your attention.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all 3 of the main characters Day, Hammersmith and the Doctor


    What about Toby Leonard Moore’s performance did you like?

    A very good reader that brings the story mood and interest.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Wildwood, MO, United States 09-24-12
    Kathy Wildwood, MO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "What terrible times"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 11-02-12
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Heavy Going in Places"

    This is really not a mystery. We know the murderer early on. The book is more about how long it takes the detectives to figure it out. The book introduces to three main characters who will probably appear in later books if this series continues. The characters are Insp. Day, Const. Hammersmith and Dr. Kingsley. Several interludes in the book give us the background of these characters.

    The portrayal of Victorian England is rather haphazard. The conversations are full of 20th century slang, and the author seems to feel that decribing the scene is talking about Hansom Cabs and the smell. I honestly did not get a real feel for the period and I suspect the author doesn't understand it either. Whatever you may think of Anne Perry she certainly gets the period right and you feel as if you are in that period. This is not the case with this book.

    The narrator is not a big help either. He is no Simon Prebble and his effort at unique voices falls flat at times. For me he made Dr. Kingsley sound like a twit. Although mostly he does an adequate but not an outstanding job.

    The emphasis in this book is on the effort the detectives go through in tracking down a murderer who is right under their nose and how many clues they miss. Yet it is not a police procedural in the true sense of the word.

    You make like the book as it tries to create a picture of the early Scotland Yard which seems reasonably accurate. However, I am not sure the detectives are typical of the Yard of that period.

    Ths author could use a better editor. In places ths book just goes on way too long and a good editor would have helped enormously. For such a thin story, it is way too long.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom DOVER, PA, United States 08-09-12
    Tom DOVER, PA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Very Poor Narration"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 06-29-12
    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2004

    I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.

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    "Did not listen long"

    I stopped reading after 4 hours. Murdered children and mutilated women can quickly become too much for me. This is a dark and ugly world ??? no cozy mystery. I feared the worst at the beginning when the horribly scared face of a woman was described by a policeman as ???a bit fetching??? lending ???character.??? The scar was later described as ???began under Esme???s hair and ran diagonally across her forehead, jumped over her left eye and exploded in a starburst on her cheek before commencing down over her chin, her throat, and disappearing under the top of her ??? nightgown. The endpoint ??? was a crater where Esme???s left breast had once been.??? ???Fetching.??? Perhaps the author needs ???character.???

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 05-19-14
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 05-19-14 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Glad I Took the Chance"

    I don’t usually like murder-mysteries, but I took a chance on this one because I liked the background of London in the late 1800s.

    I enjoyed it! I was drawn to the intrigue and the setting and I appreciated that it was not jammed with gratuitous maniacal serial killer gore and violence; sure there was some but it wasn’t over-blown.

    Less murder and more mystery – that’s the balance I like.

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-03-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Great Sense Of Puzzling Place… And Time"

    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.

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    Chris Lausanne, Switzerland 03-06-14
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    "Very well written with interesting characters"
    Would you listen to The Yard again? Why?

    I found the characters very lively and I almost regretted that some were only in the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It depicted the 19th-century London with accuracy, as far as I can tell, as well as the social difficulties of that time.


    What does Toby Leonard Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Moore imitated the different accents and prosody attached to them and to the lower and middle class. This made the different characters even more unique and almost real--if you decide that you want to believe this, of course. I liked his voice and it gave me the feeling to share the reading with a friend as if we were having a conversation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely! But as the reading lasts about 14 hours, it took me two days to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Booklover SoCal, United States 03-05-14
    Booklover SoCal, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Narrator sounds as if he is gasping"

    I only made it through about 15 minutes of the story before I just couldn't endure it any longer. The narrator takes a deep, audible breath in between each sentence. It is so distracting and annoying that I gave up. Awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WCD Los Angeles, CA 03-01-14
    WCD Los Angeles, CA 03-01-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Nice Surprise"

    I enjoyed this book much more than I expected. Although it was wrapped up a little too neatly (and predictably) for my taste, it kept me on the "edge of my seat" as I kept waiting to see what would happen next. I liked all of the characters and am looking forward to listening to the next book.

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