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
I enjoyed the overall theme and plot of this book very much; I am intrigued to go find out if any of the main Yard characters were based on any actual historical figures. The only problem I had with it was that main characters being attacked too much - I know it's wimpy, but I can't stand the suspense. If you, on the other hand, enjoy it - then this book could be just the thing for you! I listened to the 1st section, but fast forwarded through most of the 2nd, to the final hour of the book. I did want to find out how it ended ;)
I love mysteries!
The characters were very interesting. The setting (London) was well portrayed.
Knowing who the killer was and hoping the police would catch him soon was suspenseful.
He did the London accents very well.
Some of the characters were very funny, but the scared little boy made me sad.
This is a good mystery, but it is written from an English point of view, which isn't the same as say a California point of view. They seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time being "polite". It isn't my "cup of tea". I'll not be buying anymore from this author.
The narrator reads every single sentence in the EXACT same rhythm. After fifteen minutes it's grating. After 30 I turned it off. The story was interesting but I just couldn't overcome the tedious narration.
A more flowing story line
Something from David Baldacci or Tom Clancy
British accent and the slow pace of the read
The entire book. It is either set to a time long ago or has no place in modern day.
I buy audiobooks to keep me awake and entertained while I drive truck over the road. This book is so boring that I actually started to yawn.
Excellent development of characters in a most interesting time and place. The London that followed Jack the Ripper and the moral fiber of some and lack of same that permeated the city. Worth your time and ear. Well written and well performed.
I found this book a terrible disappointment. It was slow, dull, and completely uninteresting. I cared not a wit for the characters and found it an extremely difficult chore to stick with it to the end. I was convinced by the listener review to give it a try, but that writers opinion is, as it turns out, quite different from mine. I cannot recommend it at all. On any level. I consider this one of the biggest 'waste of a credit' in my Audible experience. Sorry to be so negative, but there you are.
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