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The Devil's Workshop (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Series #3)

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    Idle Hands

    Wow, this one really rocks. I read Alex Grecian's former novel, The Black Country, and was moderately impressed. This new novel featuring the further adventures of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad, truly surpasses the former book. This book is loaded with action and suspense exploding from the pages. A jail break has been masterminded to free some of the worst criminals of Victorian England. However the plan might have been overly successful, as Jack the Ripper, who has been kept under wraps in a hidden prison, is unintentionally allowed to escape. Inspector Walter Day and his competent but slovenly companion, Sergeant Hammersmith, have their hands full trying to recapture the escaped criminals. Little do they know that "Saucy Jack" , the worst criminal London has ever known, is among the escapees and may even now be threatening the life of Inspector Day's pregnant wife. No one is safe when Jack is about. Suspense and thrills just don't stop coming. Great fun. Book provided for review by Putnam Books and Library Thing.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2014

    This third Scotland Yard Murder Squad Mystery is especially enjo

    This third Scotland Yard Murder Squad Mystery is especially enjoyable.  I am definitely not a fan of horror stories, but this book was very earnie, dark and compelling, drawing me into the plot almost immediately.  Grecian has given Jack the Ripper a new start on his reign of murder and evil, giving him almost the persona of the antichrist. The literal underground of London added great historical interest to the plot also. 




    This book stands alone just fine, but I am personally glad that I read the previous two books in the series because knowing the background of the Murder Squad adds so much.  Inspector Day and his wife are expecting their first child.  Their friends and fellow workers get themselves in life threatening situation once again, and the expected child adds to their threatened lives.  Life in 1890's Scotland Yard is very new for the times, and much different than today's investigative policeman.




    I listened to this on Audible and the delivery was spectacular.  The tone and breath of Jack's voice added an air of authenticity to the story that would be difficult to duplicate by just reading the story for yourself.  Grecian's Murder Squad continue to please my sense of storytelling.  He creates an atmosphere with his words that is marvelously mysterious, and well above the average  story telling.  Recommend beginning with THE YARD. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Contrived and Disappointing I was a fan of Alex Grecian's but th

    Contrived and Disappointing
    I was a fan of Alex Grecian's but this book is like the author could not think of anything original in regards to a mystery that the Murder Squad could be involved in.  Instead he has to go back to a previous murderer and introduce Jack the Ripper in a very contrived and unreal setting.  Not to mention that part of the book  continually goes back to Day's pregnant wife's labor and his constant thoughts about being a good father.  Please, can't we have a real mystery.  SPOILER ALERT - the ending is the worst with not only the worst criminals still at large and one having a continued story with Claire, but the future of the investigators in limbo.  With these unanswered questions, you can already picture the next book continuing the same theme.  Not for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2014

    Disappointing. I thoroughly enjoyed The Yard, less so The Black

    Disappointing. I thoroughly enjoyed The Yard, less so The Black Country, and was hoping The Devil's Workshop would return to the former style and satisfaction. It did not. The book was not about Scotland Yard nor was it a detective thriller in the sense of a Sherlock Holmes novel. It devoted an excessive amount of time to Claire's pregnancy and too much to the criminal's dialogue. Little was left for Walter Day or Hammersmith.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Almost was suoer upset

    I was almost super upset towards the end of this book, but once again the author kept me going until the last page. I just wish there was more to read like right this second, but I suppose I can be patient. Amazing read just like the rest of the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Good read

    An interesting take on the Jack the Ripper stories.
    Well written, but very gory and not for the faint of heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    With a "resurrected" Jack the Ripper as a primary char

    With a "resurrected" Jack the Ripper as a primary character, "The Devil's Workshop" is the darkest and most disturbing installment yet in the "Murder Squad" series. There is plenty of violence, akin in many ways to "Silence of the Lambs," but the focus is on the psychological rather than gore, which makes this work stand out in the historical thriller genre. It is not for the faint of heart, however, with many unexpected twists regarding prominent characters in the series, and the ending leads into book four with much anticipation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 8, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Reviews by named" i got for honest reviews" are always a five

    This compared to the other two is up one but scanned not read thru and borrowed if i buy and read thru can not go below a three star like trying to return a steak after eating half

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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