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 love the English Murder Squad book series genre - so I wasn't sure I'd like this style. But I loved it! This was really entertaining - and didn't get bogged down trying to explain the period in time. A little graphic - but I knew what I was getting into before I started listening. Good stuff!
Took a while to get the story going but once the scene was set and characters drawn out the pace picked up.
Narrator is excellent. He mastered different tones, accents and dialects for so many men, a handful of women and children brilliantly!
My favorite parts were in Dr. Kingsley's lab. These weren't fast paced chase scenes, I but found them riveting as this was where the mystery's puzzle pieces were put together.
This was a bit long, and there et were simply too many characters in the beginning. I was hoping for something like Ripper Street, but the characters weren't as interesting. Furthermore, while I like forensics as much as any reader, having to watch yet another character 'discover' fingerprints and explain them was so tedious I wanted to cry. The mystery is decent, or I should say, one of them is....there is a subplot which is entirely unnecessary and could have been cut.
As for the narrator, he has a beautiful voice and did a great job distinguishing among the numerous characters (almost all male, but when he did the women, he didn't do the annoying falsetto thing so many male narrators do). That said, the most annoying and distracting thing ever (and this could be more of an editing problem) was that he took an audible breath before every single sentence. I never got used to it.
I found "The Yard" to be an interesting first encounter with Alex Grecian. I really had no idea what to expect but enjoyed being taken back to the days when crime solving did not have all of the advantages of today's wonderful forensic medicine capabilities.
As I listened, I could clearly envision the misty streets of London and the gray stone walls of Scotland Yard. At times it was a little difficult for me to follow the British accent, but, all in all, I was able to follow the story quite well.
One can easily imagine the thoughts and concerns of detectives at the new process of fingerprints was beginning to be discussed and not at all thoroughly trusted.
I would suggest that the crime solving presented in this book is quite realistic as it often times just happens upon a matter of blind luck more than any super detective work.
Being as London was rocking under the time frame of "Jack the Ripper", some aspects of the book may be a little bit grisly for some readers, but all in all a good listen.
Absolutely! It was a wonderful story filled with so many intriguing characters, great action and adventure and poignant human interactions.
The humanity of the characters as they interact with each other. Even the villains were forgivable in their flaws.
There were so many wonderful characters that it is hard to pinpoint just one. I liked all of the detectives and their helpers who came out from the underworld of London to assist them. The "Dancing Man", the Doctor, and the boy, Fen, were especially interesting. You see, it is hard to choose!
I was very touched by the kindness shown by the detectives and the doctor and their respect for humanity and their dedication to the populace who depended on them.
This book took me several days to listen to and I could hardly wait in between to listen to the next part. I had recently seen a documentary on the history of Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police and this stayed very close to the historical background. The author did his research well. The characters are wonderful and diverse and the back stories for each are great and help the listener to understand their motivations for their behavior. The poignancy of the interactions made it very heart-warming, even though it is essentially a story about solving crimes and apprehending criminals. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. Alex Grecian is a truly gifted and lyrical writer.
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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.
I found the characters very lively and I almost regretted that some were only in the book.
It depicted the 19th-century London with accuracy, as far as I can tell, as well as the social difficulties of that time.
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.
Definitely! But as the reading lasts about 14 hours, it took me two days to listen to it.
I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series!
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.
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