Book Review: The Yard by Alex Grecian

the yardThe Yard by Alex Grecian

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives known as “The Murder Squad” to investigate countless 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 twelve . . .

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?

Advanced Reading copy received as part of the Penguin Proof Reading group. Lovely Hardback copy. Author website can be found here

Set in Victorian London still recovering from Jack the Ripper, where children are still being sent up chimneys by the chimneysweeps, the Metropolitan police are trying to get public confidence, and someone is killing Policemen.

The book deals with a police service starting out in a world that doesnt trust them, there is no concept of profiling or Serial Killers. CSI this isnt. Fingerprints are only just being “discovered”. There is no DNA, blood analysis, mobile phones and no cars in the car pool.

Once I settled down to read, it was paced well. There was some wording (e.g. “gaining closure” over a death) which I’m not entirely sure was in use in late 19th Century London. Couple of threads that were started but which didnt tie up (e.g Day’s wife looks like she’s going to get involved more, but that peters out……do have to admit this book only covers three days so if it had gone longer there might have worked out different).

On the whole easy and enjoyable book and this was an excellent debut novel


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