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The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Series #1)

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30 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

Any notion of Victorian England as a place of sweetness and ligh

Any notion of Victorian England as a place of sweetness and light will be quickly disspelled by Alex Grecian's new book, whose grim descriptions of 19th-century London are more Dickens than Austin. Most of the city is filthy. Life is cheap among the masses of the poor. ...
Any notion of Victorian England as a place of sweetness and light will be quickly disspelled by Alex Grecian's new book, whose grim descriptions of 19th-century London are more Dickens than Austin. Most of the city is filthy. Life is cheap among the masses of the poor. Cutthroats mingle with pickpockets, prostitutes, and thieves. The dead are thrown into charnel houses. The indigent and mentally ill are warehoused under appalling conditions. And lower-class children have no rights or protection - they are used and abused, disappear daily, are tossed like trash when they've served their purpose.

An understaffed police force struggles under a staggering case load - they can barely get to the routine crimes, much less solve the murders that constantly occur. And they are in disgrace with the public after no success in finding Jack the Ripper. Forensics at this time are primitive, to put it kindly.

The author adroitly handles several plot lines: a new killer is targeting police officers; a child has been kidnapped and forced by his unstable new "father" to replace a lost son; full-bearded men have their throats slit and are found clean-shaven.

The officers who will undoubtedly be the lead characters in subsequent books in the series are often flawed, but always sympathetic. One is a newlywed who sometimes longs for the clear air of his home in Devon. Another is a scrapper who fought to leave the mines where he worked as a child. A forward-thinking medical examiner adds interest, especially when he begins experimenting with an early form of fingerprinting.

Surprisingly, in all this grubby reality are some unexpected flashes of humor. I actually found myself laughing out loud at the welcome comic relief. However, these moments are few and far between, and the reader is soon immersed once again in the scary, overcrowded London of the 1800s. I look forward to the next in this fine series.

posted by emmi331 on June 10, 2012

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11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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Bn, can you please do something with these kids that use the nook as a game room for these silly cat games? 2/3sof the posts on here dont even relate to the book and should be removed and the posters banned from posting. Thhese kids need to learn that the nook review section is fir leaving reviees about the book in question, not to play cat games, chat or play sex games.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Cane

    She wags heer tail ang rolls onto hetr back

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    To hunter

    Merry xmas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Moonscar

    Guys a lot of people have been locked out. You need to move camp.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    To hunter

    There is a cat locked out at result two who has been waiting weeks...

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Tabby

    Tabby bites Hunter's hand.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Mae

    Waits at the door. Wants to go out.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Huntress

    "Oh Hunter. Come and hunt me." A voice drifts down the hallway. "I'm in the 10th result..."

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Vantom

    *dissappears*

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Lucy

    Im lucy-lucy

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Crispkit

    Guess im stuck. Ooohhhh hunters gonna skin me when I get back.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    To Hunter

    You are bi-polar.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    EGGCLAN

    Join at sunny side up result one

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Featherstorm

    She raked a hole in the scrren and ran outode with stormkit and hawkkit. They almost reached the wild

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Maxiumkit

    Looks afraid of hunter and makes a deep growling noise

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Lawl

    ((YEAH!!!!!!! SO YOU CAN DO THE MOST SIMPL ETHING ON EARTH!!!!!!!!!!! ITS CALLED IGNORING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! P.S. You really act like a jerk sometimes.
    Lav,
    Your A¿s
    </3

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    To hunter

    Can i be you kittypet? I am a small brown tom named flick

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Yvonne

    *she falls asleep*

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Rose

    She padde outside.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Talonstar

    ????? Pads homes, muttering "i hate imposters..."

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Aspenpaw and splashkit to IA

    Get put of this place and take care of the kits! We will settle this.*splashkit turns into a bear* (Aspenpaw and splashkit are brother and sister. Splashkit is older.)

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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