Murder in Grub Street

Murder in Grub Street

by Bruce Alexander


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ISBN-13: 9780425235607
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Sir John Fielding Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 842,876
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bruce Alexander is the pseudonym for a well-known author of fiction and non-fiction. The previous books in this series are Blind Justice, Murder in Grub Street (Named by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book in 1995), Watery Grave, Person or Persons Unknown (named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best novels of 1997), Jack, Knave and Fool, and Death of a Colonial.

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Murder in Grub Street (Sir John Fielding Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I jumped right into this book after Blind Justice and enjoyed it just as much. It's not too hard to figure out the mystery, but following the lives of the people is what I enjoyed the most. The series is very creative with a bit of action, but mostly a gentle story that you'd like while settling down for the evening.
MaggieSecara on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Second in the series and of the two, the one most likely to be made into a movie. Complex but nicely paced.
lindymc on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I really liked this second in the series better than the first one. Jeremy the young ward of Sir John Fielding is a delightful character, and I enjoy his voice as he narrates the mystery. In this novel the crime is the massacre of a printer/book publisher and his family and apprentices - the same printer that planned to employ Jeremy. Now, instead Jeremy will become a member of Sir John's household. Some of the secondary characters from book one show up in this story, plus a new colorful streetwise youngster that I assume will become a regular in books 3 and 4.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The second book in the Sir John Fielding series begins the night before 13-year-old Jeremy Proctor is to leave Sir John's household for an apprenticeship with Grub Street printer/publisher Ezekiel Crabb. Things don't work out as planned, because that night Ezekiel Crabb, his family, and two young apprentices are brutally murdered in their beds. Thus, Jeremy remains in Sir John's household and assists Sir John in the investigation of the murders, as well as with other matters that arise in the course of the book.The book is more a legal thriller than a mystery. In fact, there is little mystery in the book. Sir John's investigation very quickly produces a likely suspect, but he lacks sufficient legal grounds to take action. The suspense builds as we wait to see if Sir John will find a legal basis for bringing the culprit to justice.The plot deals with several social problems that are still problems in the 21st century ¿ mental illness and competency to stand trial, religious cults and their relationship to society, poverty and homelessness, juvenile delinquency, and antisemitism. One of the characters appears to suffer from what we now call dissociative identity disorder. I'm not certain that this condition had been observed as early as the mid-18th century.My attention kept wandering through the first two thirds of the book. After the discovery of the murders and initial inquiries and hearings into the matter, Sir John and Jeremy spend more time pursuing what appear to be distractions. Eventually all of the plot threads tie together, and the last third of the book was difficult to put down.
Riyale on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Another wonderful read from Mr. Alexander! He has the ability to bring life to names that you would usually find in a dusty tome in the library...Sir John Fielding, Dr. Samuel Johnson...putting them in situations that you could never imagine yourself, but in some way are not outrageous. I love a good mystery...this is definitely one of them.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In this second installment of the John Fielding series, we find our friends Fielding and Jeremy called to the scene of a horrific multiple murder in a family home. The only living soul at the home is clutching the murder weapon, an axe, and is covered in blood. However, Fielding has his doubts about the man's guilt. I liked this one. It held my interest much more than the first (Blind Justice) entry of the series -- the characters are more developed, the plot more exciting, and the unraveling of the mystery proceeded along a path filled with red herrings and a number of possible suspects. I will say that after a while the denouement becomes quite obvious, but it doesn't's the getting there that counts. Recommended for those who enjoy historical mysteries, and for those who have started the's a fun one!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Sir John Fielding investigates when a family of printers are brutally murdered in 1760's London. This is the second in the series. I loved the characters as much as in the first, but I found the plot way too slow and predictable, with a second plot taking up way too much time.