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The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Book 1) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Alex Grecian (Author)

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Title:The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Book 1)
Authors:Alex Grecian (Author)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2012), 432 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:historical fiction, mystery, Victorian England, Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series

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The Yard by Alex Grecian (2012)

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I really enjoyed this book. I would put it in the realm of books like The Alienist by Caleb Carr and other investigative types of novels. It's a good murder mystery and I'm looking forward to reading the next of the series (I need to catch up because it seems that books keep being released!). ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 2, 2018 |
Loved this book. Started reading it on kindle then realized I had previously read a hard copy. Continued to read it for the second time and enjoyed it all over again. Likeable characters; not a fast paced read. Interesting how crimes were solved before fingerprints etc. ( )
1 vote scot2 | Apr 20, 2018 |
Absolutely amazing book. It was filled with excitement and action all the way through. I loved it! ( )
1 vote Meliths | Nov 13, 2017 |
The writing starts off slow and a little choppy but you need to stay with it. He has created some great characters that you want to invest in and find out where they go. ( )
1 vote ttsheehan | Apr 4, 2017 |
I stopped reading halfway through. ( )
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Dec 4, 2016 |
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Readers who enter The Yard’s world-on-the-edge-of-change will be counting days until the sequel, hoping to meet some of these great characters again.

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If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie.
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

- Rudyard Kipling, "A Smuggler's Song"
For Charity,
who will inspect this dedication
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London, 1889. Nobody noticed when Inspector Christian Little of Scotland Yard disappeared, and nobody was looking for him when he was found.
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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.
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Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police's failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London's recently formed "Murder Squad," partners with Scotland Yard's first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues.… (more)

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