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
Yes, very entertaining, characters to care about.
The Sherlock Holmes series, about the same period, crime suspense, investigation.
Giving voice to the different characters makes you care more for them
Just the final chapters
Story, narration, characters all fantastic. Totally absorbing.
A realistic look inside Scotland Yard in the Victorian era.
The flashbacks to when Hammersmith was a boy working in the mines.
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
For this type of book it rates above a average! Would enjoy another like it.
Fin. Very brave little boy.
Neither! Some of it very sickening & to think it could have actually happened in those days.
I have recommended this book to my friends. The narration is great, the various plotlines and characters are fascinating, and every once in a while there's a sliver of good British humor woven through to lighten things up when it gets a little dark. I could not put it down. It was fascinating to get a glimpse at what early forensics might have been like.
i came to care about the characters, and there was just enough of a believable threat that I worried about who would be next, what would become of a child in danger, and how the parts were interwoven.
Can't tell about my favorite scene without giving away an important event in the story.
Yes. It kept me up late more than once.
Cannot wait for the next book.
Scotland Yard and the men who made it great!
The book was thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.
I read a lot of this type of books. I thnk for the era Anne Perry is better. For the story aspect modern era Minette Walters is great.
Yes, I think the writer has potential.
He is an excellent reader.
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.
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