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Murder in Grub Street (Sir John Fielding #2)

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The crime appeared as easily solved as it was wicked. A Grub Street printer, his family, and two apprentices brutally murdered in their sleep. A locked building. And at the scene, a raving mad poet brandishing a bloody axe. Surely the culprit had been found, and justice would be swift and severe.

But to Sir John Fielding, justice was more than finding a culprit-it was fin
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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A sensational opening to the book finds a seemingly mad poet with a blood stained axe in his hands at the scene of a triple murder in Grub Street. It appears to be an open and shut case but Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate of the Bow Street Court, has his doubts.

Aiding by his young assistant, Jeremy (who relates the tale), he sets out to find out the truth of the matter. He calls on one of the literary giants of the day, Dr Samuel Johnson, who adds his wisdom to the investigation. Then, o
Pamela B
A better mystery than the first book in the series, "Blind Justice". While I wouldn't want a steady diet of this series, reading it in order interspersed with other reading is fun.
Brandy Painter
From a review originally posted here.

Murder in Grub Street picks up just a few weeks after Blind Justice ends. Mourning the death of his wife, Sir John has arranged for Jeremy to have an apprenticeship in a printer's shop. The night before Jeremy is supposed to start the family and two young apprentices are savagely murdered with axes in their beds. A man, apparently crazed, was found at the scene axe in hand. He is apprehended but Sir John chooses to send him to Bedlam rather than bind him over
Jeremey Proctor, by thankful circumstance, is once again to be left in the care of Sir John Fielding in the second novel of this series. Six murders have occurred on Grub Street, the street full of printers and books, and it's up to Sir John to solve it - with a bit of help from Jeremy as always.

The beginning of the book somehow didn't seem to flow with the middle of the book at first. We start off questioning a suspect, then the story almost drags a bit as the murders are, at least to me, pushe
In this sequel to Bruce Alexander’s first book “Blind Justice,” our narrator, 13-year-old Jeremy Proctor joins Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate and co-founder of London's first police force, to investigate "The Murder in Grub Street." I loved "Blind Justice;" I only recently discovered the book and author on a recommendation of a friend. The characterization was marvelous; I quickly became involved in the characters' lives and wanted to know what was going to happen next. Set in the mid 1 ...more
I began liking Alexander's book - London in the 18th century, potentially interesting characters. But in the end I found the story incredibly lazy in its historical research, character development, and plot. The London he creates is formed by a slim number of particular details (unlike the London David Liss creates) and feels like a stage where the director is saying pay attention to this prop, do not notice I have not managed to do any other set design. His characters show little change, though ...more
Another enjoyable book in this series. The characters are engaging, the historical setting feels authentic, and the writing is clear and readable. Yes, it's true that the baddies are fairly obvious almost from the start of the book, but that doesn't necessarily detract from the book -- any more than it does a classic Columbo show, where you know perfectly well whodunit, you're just waiting for Columbo to lead the killer along with his bumbling detective routine until he can prove it.

There's no b
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Murder in Grub Street is I think, the first Sir John Fielding mystery, and also my first. Fielding is blind and depends on others to physically assist, but his brilliant mind sees all despite his handicap. I love the era and setting of this historical mystery series, Georgian England, rich with texture, politics, social issues.

Until writing this snippet, I'd not realized that Sir John Fielding really did live from 1721-1780, really was blind and really was a Bow Street Magistrate. There's plent
Mark Baker
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.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Murder in Grub Street - VG
Bruce Alexander - 2nd in series
Following Jeremy proctor's adoption" by the Bow Street magistrate, Sir John Fielding, he has been found an apprenticeship with a printer in Grub Street. It was his father's trade and his knowledge of the business that had been happily snapped up by Ezekiel Cribb. However, on the day he was due to begin his apprenticeship, Cribb and his entire household are found massacred, the only survivor - heavily blood-stained - being a young poet whos
Initially I didn't like it as much as the first in the series, and I'm still not thrilled with its depiction of insanity. Thus, it only gets three stars. However, if there were an option to give half stars, I'd give it 3.5, because religious fanatics do make very scary characters.
Feb 10, 2008 Nikki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like historical mysteries
Shelves: mysteries, just-read
This is the second in Alexander's series of historical mysteries about Sir John Fielding, founder of the Bow Street Runners. Dr. Samuel Johnson is also a character in this one, which is centered around the printing and publishing industry in Grub Street. A horrific multiple murder takes place there just before hero Jeremy Proctor is to leave Fielding's house to apprentice as a printer in the same shop where the murders are done. Multiple personality disorder, anti-Semitism, religious cults, and ...more
Jeremy's story continued amazingly well, I loved it from the start till the end. The mystery case, murders in Grub Street, was especially enjoyable, author wrote it well. Everyone knew who were the guilty party in this story, but even so, for me it was the path how to prove it, which was greatly developed. I'll definitely continue on, and fallow Jeremy's and Sir John path.
Great characters but poor mystery. When the first time you think, "Hmm, these guys are bad. Wonder if they're the murderers?" and it turns out you are right, that's disappointing.
Jeremy Proctor, who has been taken into the household of Sir John Fielding, an eighteenth century London magistrate, is about to be apprenticed to Mr. Crabb, a printer in Grub Street. The night before Jeremy is sup0posed to report, the Crabb family is found murdered in their home, and a John Clayton is suspected of the crime. At the same time, a group0 of religious zealots from the American colonies arrive in London to convert the Jews. Sir John does not agree with others’ presumption of guilt o ...more
Ellen Reed
Interesting historical mystery, although the culprits were easily identified fairly early on. Strong character development and enjoyable, intelligent read.
i really liked this book. it's set in the mid 1700's in london and features a blind judge/sleuth and his young orphaned assistant. it's a time of tricorn hats and artful dodgers. i started with this one, the 2nd in the series, just by chance. the young assistant is 13 years old, but mature beyond his years. the narrator is this young man, many years later, recounting past stories. i plan to read the 1st one and continue with the rest in the series, of which there are about a dozen or so. one fun ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this next book in the series. While the murder of the title is very grim, there are a host of suspects and interesting characters which make Alexander's books a fun read. The only issue I have with the two books I've read so far is the voice of the narrator. I have trouble believing the 13-year-old narrator of the books would be so well spoken and educated, no matter how much he read and what his father taught him. He sounds more like the main character, Sir John Fielding, m ...more
May 23, 2009 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any murder mystery fan
Recommended to Donna by: Cathy
They are an unlikely pair. An orphaned boy (Jeremy) and a blind Justice (Sir John Fielding), solve a horrific murder in London in the 18th century. Bruce Alexander has a real talent for developing characters which are instantly recognizeable and realistic. Anyone who loves historical fiction and mysteries will find it a good read. Middle school and high school students may find it a little tedious at times, due to the highly detailed nature of the story and use of the more verbose 18th century E ...more
Paula Dembeck
This is the second book in the Sir John Fielding series.

Ezekiel Crabbe a publisher, his wife, two sons and two apprentices are viciously murdered in their Grub Street place of work. A man, bloodied and dazed is found standing over the bodies with an axe and a blood spattered night shirt. Sir John Fielding and his assistant Jeremy are called to the residence to investigate. The accused man seems to have three different personalities. And a fervent religious sect has taken up residence in Covent G
Denise Kettering
This second book in the Sir John mystery series is another interesting tale set in 18th century London. The historical details display that the work is well-researched. Young Jeremy Proctor finds himself apprenticed to a printer. On the night before he is set to move into the printer's home, the printer and the family were all murdered in their beds. Jeremy finds himself called upon by Sir John Fielding to assist in another criminal inquiry. The pace of the book is quick and the plot unfolds in ...more
Kristy Maitz
It was very pulling reading material. Great work.
Carole Moran
I generally like this series about Sir John Fielding, the "Blind Beak of Bow Street" which are based on the actual historical figure of the same name. When I read my first Sir John Fielding book by Bruce Alexander, I thought "what an unlikely character for a mystery." It seemed ridiculous to me that the leading investigator should be a blind magistrate of Bow Street, London, England. Imagine my surprise to find this was based on fact! If one enjoys historical mysteries, these are among the most ...more

Anyone who has succumbed to the renewed frenzy of British TV and literature will LOVE this book and Sir John Fielding & his ward, Jeremy. I know I did. Set in the mid 1700's, Bruce Alexander captures the formality of the era but does not shield us from its hardships, all while telling a good tale.

Others will have found Mr. Alexander long ago, but this book, published in 1995, and its author have escaped my notice until it recently appeared in a book exchange; now I am intrigued and have orde
Michell Karnes
Another great book by Alexander.
Well Paced, Well Written...Enjoyable

I enjoyed this second novel in Bruce Alexander's series which revolves around Justice Sir John Fielding and is narrated by his thirteen year old assistant Jeremy Proctor. I liked the narration and the young boy's perspective as well as his relationship with Sir John.

The mystery is well laid out, the pacing is good, the period details convincing and the supporting characters are well drawn. I enjoyed it and thought it was well done.
This mystery moved slower than the first in the series and I found the actual mystery to be lacking but the characters are great. With the exception of the extreme violence of the murders this book felt like a cozy mystery.
My first read of Bruce Alexander. Another of my "Border's" finds. Loved the characters, the story was so so. But the characters are so intriging that I will read on. Great historical fiction set in 1800s London. This was book 2 so I know do want to read the first about which there there were hints dropped in this one. There are 8 or 10 of these and I have one other from much later in the series. Must go on a used book store trek!
Aug 13, 2008 Becs rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
All the 'Sir John Fielding' books are great reading. Set in 18th century London, the novels feature pre-Metropolitan police 'Bow Street Runners' and the magistrate, Sir John Fielding. Sir John is blind and when called to investigate, calls young Jeremy Proctor to lead the way.

As good as these books are, I find they're even better if you cast aside the descriptions of Sir John (elderly, ugly, and fat) with Johnny Depp. Yes. Muccch betterrr.
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Pseudonym of American journalist and author Bruce Cook.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Bruce Alexander Cook (1932–2003) was an American journalist and author who wrote under the pseudonym Bruce Alexander, creating historical novels about a blind 18th century Englishman and also a 20th century Mexican-American detective.
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Sir John Fielding (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Jack, Knave and Fool (Sir John Fielding, #5)
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