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The Yard

(Scotland Yard's Murder Squad #1)

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Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve 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. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder ...more
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Putnam Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Hazel Roberts this is the first book I've read by this author. Considering when it is set that is how life was in Victorian London and other cities life wasn't a be…morethis is the first book I've read by this author. Considering when it is set that is how life was in Victorian London and other cities life wasn't a bed of roses(less)

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Arah-Lynda
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: Steven
Shelves: paperwhite, i-said
The story takes place in London in 1889.   Scotland Yard has pretty much given up any hope of catching Jack The Ripper, a decision that does not sit well with the citizens of this great city who have been less than impressed with The Yard’s effectiveness in keeping their streets safe.  It is not the best time in London to be a copper.

Nobody noticed when Inspector Christian Little of Scotland Yard disappeared and nobody was looking for him when he was found.
A black steamer trunk appeared at Eusto
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Richard Derus
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Pearl Ruled: THE YARD by Alex Grecian (p67)

This is its star:


I started getting annoyed when, at the beginning of chapter 2, Colonel Sir Edward Bradford, Commissioner of Scotland Yard, calls the sleuth into his mahogany-lined office and proceeds to make no sense at all for several pages. The sleuth is confused, too, and there appears to be no reason we-the-readers should give the ass of a rat about this little tete-a-tete.

Then came the who-cares italicized narration of the bald man, who killed the
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Miriam Smith
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rachel
When Jeffrey Deaver quoted that this book "will keep you riveted from page one" he wasn't wrong! I loved the excellent storyline and enjoyed this fun read from start to finish.
Set in London in 1889, following the 'Ripper's' reign of terror, the Scotland Yard form a 'Murder Squad' to deal with the hundreds of deaths ongoing in the city. Based at "The Yard" the first case for the newly appointed Inspector Walter Day is the grisly murder of one of their own, Detective Little. With the help of The Y
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Agnieszka
This one was rather disappointment. I liked the premise of the novel : to describe the inception of Scotland Yard as a modern police, show the birth of forensic science, paint the vast background, both social and economic of Victorian London. I counted on stylish and atmospheric crime noir but what I finally got in The Yard not entirely met my expectations.

I think some protagonists may have a potential to become an interesting characters though it's unlikely I would follow their further cases. N
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Jenny
Apr 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have just finished reading a book called The Yard by Alex Grecian. It's set in London in 1889 and is a novel about the early days of the Murder Squad. Read it only for the hilarity of the wrongness of half his descriptions and his totally tin ear for period dialogue. People use such phrases as "no worries", "I'm right on it", "he's heading up the investigation" and "where was the beat cop?" and refer to a landlord in a pub as a 'barkeep'. In the first 125 pages alone we have a small boy in Wal ...more
Heidi The Reader
The Yard is a cozy murder mystery that takes place in London in the late 1800s. Jack the Ripper has scared the heck out of everybody. First, because of the obvious reason that he kept killing people and second, because the police never caught him. Now, nobody thinks very much about Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, but the new inspector Walter Day is determined to prove his worth.

Especially when he's tapped to lead the investigation into the death of a fellow police inspector.

"You can see what's bee
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Lou
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Find yourself transported to the Victorian streets of London post-Jack the Ripper days.
The author successfully places you in the atmosphere of that time, the streets of London paved with gaslights and Hansom cabs as modes of transport, in the dark bleak workhouses and the most importantly the Yard, great Scotland yard, located at Whitehall place and their morgue in the beginnings of forensic pathology during an era when C.S.I and DNA detection was virtually unheard of.

The Victorian London era ma
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Andy
A new series, set in the late 1800’s post Jack the Ripper London, actually a year past. A murder is discovered in the opening scenes & we’re swiftly introduced to the murder squad who were set-up within Scotland Yard as a direct outcome of the Ripper crimes.

Wont give much away as it’s a teccie crime series, even though the murderer is given away fairly early on & makes appearances in Italics getting bolder as the story evolves...... but will tell that it’s good on humour, characters have depth
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Wanda
3.5 stars

I liked The Yard. I really wanted to love it, but a couple of things stood in my way. I really felt like it was a modern forensic mystery being forced into a Victorian corset—and details were frequently straining to escape.

A little research has helped me like it more. This really was the time period during which fingerprinting became a thing that police forces did and autopsies were practiced. I found the resistance of some members of the police force to these procedures to be believab
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Jeanne Adamek
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A extraordinary book that I found fascinating especially as it incorporated a number of things in the telling of this story that I usually do not enjoy reading (for example being in the mind of a murder...)

I really loved reading The Yard. The main characters were fantastically well described, very sympathetic. People, for the most part, I would enjoy knowing. I also found the way that the author had done Victorian London was done extremely well. I could smell the stink and see the filth, but som
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Kirsten
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book!

This book is an incredible ensemble piece. It is well structured and has engaging characters. But no one character shows up as the central character, instead it is a story about a homicide unit. One of the very first.

A lot of attention to life in Victorian London is put into the book. You see the horrible disparate life between the 1% and the great unwashed horde. But the author instead of just putting the facts out there, he includes them in a very emotional way.
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John Williams
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I run a book club and we read a lot of books over the course of a year and we have been going for about five years, During this time I have only thrown one book across the room in disgust, this will be my second.

Having had the book suggested at the club with no background knowledge or being a previously author I had no expectations, just as well really because the story met these expectations within the first few pages!

To call the novel the banal meanderings of a unsophisticated mind might give
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
This book read more like a drama than a mystery or thriller. "Who-dun-it" is unveiled almost from the beginning on all crimes being investigated. Instead there is a steady progression of events that ties everything together.
Police officers are being stabbed to death and left in trunks, but it's the other crimes that are discovered during the cursory probe that really get the story going. Different perspectives are used to tell the tale. The author did a brilliant job of introducing the various
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happy
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This novel had an interesting premise, but somehow doesn’t quite hit the mark. It feels like a first novel and all that that implies. It is uneven, some of the research is suspect and they dialogue is not quite period. Also, the main killer is revealed quite early in the novel so it is not really a mystery more of a procedural/thriller. That said, I found the characters interesting and they kept me reading to find out how they solve the murders.

Set in the year following the Ripper Murders in Lon
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Diane S ☔
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great start to what I hope is a new series. Dr. Kingsley, the forensic expert, was an actual person who did indeed make great strides in this series. Loved the storyline: shortly after the Ripper killings, with a disgusted public having no confidence in their police, a group of 12 detectives are designated the murder squad, their appointed leader a man having very little police background. As a group these are some very interesting characters and I loved the dark atmosphere of this novel. Remind ...more
Becky
3.5 stars
This has been my long-car-ride audiobook for a bit of time now, and on the drive to PHL to catch a flight, I finally finished it. It's got very mixed, almost polarizing reviews among my friends who've read it, and while I don't necessarily disagree with all of their points, I actually enjoyed this story quite a bit. Perhaps that was because I listened to this rather than reading the print, and I really liked the way that he read most of the characters. I will say that I liked the reade
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Chris
If some Hollywood producer decided to create a new television cop series set in 1870s London, all he or she needs is this book and the whole first season's worth of scripts are taken care of. There is one major story line: the savage killing of a Scotland Yard inspector whose eyes and lips have been sewn shut and whose body has been stuffed into a too-small trunk. All of the Yard's resources will go toward hunting down the killer. There are several minor storylines, including someone slitting th ...more
Nicole Peterson
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any one that likes a historical novel
Recommended to Nicole by: My own self
I really enjoyed The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness and The Alienist by Caleb Carr, so I was really excited to read this, and it didn't disappoint. I don't think that I ever got bored with this book, there is always something going on. The characters were great, I almost felt like I knew them they were so well created and there are a few flash backs of the main characters to help show where they are coming from and why they react the way they do. Actually, everyone that is of importance, has ...more
Kathy
This debut novel by Alex Grecian is exactly my cup of tea, Victorian England tea that is. "The Yard," of course, refers to Scotland Yard and takes place in the year 1889, with the Jack the Ripper murders still fresh in the minds of London inhabitants and those who failed to catch the monster, the monster who introduced a new sort of murder to the city, serial murder with unrelated victims subjected to a depravity beyond the normal murders of acquaintances and kin. As a result of the Ripper murde ...more
Eric
Jun 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Can't do it...
Things I like:

- Sherlock Holmes
- Victorian London
- Detective yarns
- Forensic criminology

From looking at the list above, you would probably think I'd like this book -- and I thought so too! But...

Things I don't like:

- Falling asleep every time I open a book.

...when I tried to read it, I found I was making only three pages of progress a go before falling asleep, book in hand -- which almost never happens to a night-owl like me. Hence, why I didn't even finish this disjointed, uninspired tale of Sc
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Donna
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Historical Fiction Mystery. This was a solid three stars for me. I liked this because it didn't feel formulaic. There were a few different threads going on in this book and all of them kept me pulled in. I also really liked the MC. At times though, he felt like he was always a couple of steps behind, but yet he was very likable. I also liked his wife. The one thing that kept this from 4 is...well....this was a little too neat and tidy for my tastes. But other than that, it was a very solid 3 sta ...more
Ed Williams
Apr 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
It appears the author limited his research to skimming Ken Follet to work up a sense of righteous indignation about conditions for children in late Victorian London before quickly checking the dates of the Ripper murders and starting writing. The descriptions are wrong (brownstones belong in New York), the language and attitudes are anachronistic ('No worries' and policemen worrying about street children), the central premise is fatally flawed (the Ripper could hardly have been the first serial ...more
Lisa
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
4.5 stars
Really enjoyable police/detective story set in Victorian London.
Very atmospheric and well-formed characters - I will definitely be following this series.
Joan
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
When this book showed up as a recommendation in mystery, I was nearly caught up with the excellent Charles Lenox series and I was hoping to stumble across another well-written, well-researched Victorian series. I was very impressed with “The Yard,” the first book in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad mystery series. This setting is 1889 Victorian England, about one year after the gruesome Jack the Ripper murders. After the Metropolitan Police failed to catch Saucy Jack after his bloody rampage, Lond ...more
Sue Smith
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was not only a great change from some of the stuff I've been reading, it was a good story - well paced with an interesting story line.

Basically it follows a murder investigation in the newly operational murder squad of the Scotland Yard. It's a tense time, the period just after Jack the Ripper, where murder was rampant and no murderer is brought to justice for the horrendous crimes that were committed. The city is tense and vulnerable and the police are in a similar stat
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Shelly
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
The book is set in London, 1889 (a year after Jack the Ripper’s last incident). The characters include Scotland Yard detectives, a forensic science pioneer, a serial killer, two unhinged prostitutes, an abducted child, a dead child, Victorian womenfolk in all their helpless glory, and a few seedy chaps lurking of the fringes. The dialogue is weak, and the characters are pretty two-dimensional. Overcooked dramatic irony drips from the pages and the reader squirms with frustration when both the go ...more
Karen
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not my genre. I don't go in for books like this but it was recommended by my Aunt so I gave it a go. I'm so glad I did. What a great story, moves right along and you never really know exactly how things are connected. 5 stars I rarely give... but anyway, this one gets it for being a great read, interesting re: hx of forensics and most importantly for the final star - beautifully written. I'd recommended this to any one of my bookish friends and I rarely recommended.
Tony
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 possibly.
Rather enjoyable but seems so similar to something I’ve read in the past and can’t put my finger on! Some good historical references but they seem to be used for convenience rather than historical accuracy.

I have the feeling that the characters will improve with age in the series, but I’m not willing to take the risk immediately as there are too many other books on the to-read list. I’m sure I will return however!
Kimberly

I'd had The Yard on my radar for quite some time before I actually sat down and read it (in one sitting it was that good!) In fact, I'd borrowed it 4 times from the library before and I always sent it back unread, saying that I'd get to it next time. Now I'm kicking myself in the pants for having not read it the first time around because I absolutely loved Alex Grecian's premier novel in the Murder Squad series.

This had everything I want to find in a historical mystery. I for one love histori
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Luanne Ollivier
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Yard is Alex Grecian's debut novel. And this reader has put him firmly on her 'must read' list.

London, England 1889 -the year after Jack's infamous rampage. After the Metropolitan Police failed to solve that case, a 'Murder Squad' was formed within Scotland Yard. It consists of only twelve detectives who cannot begin to solve each and every one of the hundred murders being perpetrated each month. It is Inspector Walter Day's first week on the job when one of their own is found murdered in a
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Grecian is the author of several bestselling thrillers, including THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS, and five novels featuring Scotland Yard's Murder Squad: THE YARD, THE BLACK COUNTRY, THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP, THE HARVEST MAN, and LOST AND GONE FOREVER, plus the original Murder Squad ebook, THE BLUE GIRL.

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