THE YARD

9 Mar
Berkley/a registered trademark of Penguin Group, Inc. 2013 Soft cover edition 422 pages Original publication by G. P. Putnam’s Sons - hardcover 2012 Historical crime fiction

Berkley/a registered trademark of Penguin Group, Inc. 2013
Soft cover edition 422 pages
Original publication by G. P. Putnam’s Sons – hardcover 2012
Historical crime fiction

“1889 Victorian London is a cesspool of crime and Scotland Yard has only 12 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. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own” – book synopsis paraphrased

I’m afraid this is one of those books that I will have to reread. Not because it was that good but because I became derailed in the minutia of the background story of some of the fictional characters. I wanted to like them but it was almost as if none of them had a personality. Stick people moving about at someone else’s behest. Marionettes.

Some of the chapters held my interest to the point where I was looking forward to turning the pages but then I’d find myself in a flashback, lost again. Also, is it my imagination, or does Grecian use 21st century colloquialisms in a 19th century story? Hey, I’m just sayin’.

Descriptive gory details are well written and the plot, though somewhat convoluted, moves along at a comfortable pace. I think this could have been a better story had the writer just stayed with the main thread instead of pulling on ones that really don’t matter. But, in all fairness, like I said – I’m going to have to reread this one.

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2 Responses to “THE YARD”

  1. Silvia Thomson March 9, 2015 at 8:59 p03 #

    Funny. Stick people are not personable. Happy reading.

  2. themisanthropologist April 12, 2015 at 8:59 p04 #

    I read this series for fun, meanining, yes, there isn’t much characterization but the plot isn’t bad. The 1st one is better than the 2nd one, but the 3rd one is better. It’s a good read to pass the time, while you’re on a plane or train or whatever.

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