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The Devil's Workshop

(Scotland Yard's Murder Squad #3)

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They thought he was gone, but they were wrong. Jack the Ripper is loose in London once more.

Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad faces the most shocking case of its existence, in the extraordinary new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national bestsellers The Yard and The Black Country.

London, 1890. A small group of the city’s elite, fed up with the murder rate, have madCountry/>Scotland
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Hardcover, 386 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2014)
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Amy Sturgis
It appears that the Murder Squad series has crashed and burned.

One of the things I enjoyed most about the first two novels in this series was the character studies of those involved with or related to Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, especially detectives Walter Day and Nevil Hammersmith, forensic pathologist Dr. Bernard Kingsley, and his daughter Fiona. Here the spark that lit up each of the characters is absent. The relentless undercurrent of the story - the fact Walter Day is anxious abou
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Joan
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
“The Devil's Workshop” is the third novel in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series and this time the story starts off with a prison break wherein a select number of dangerous prisoners are allowed to escape, one of these prisoners was the murderous tailor Cinderhouse, from “The Yard” and now another gruesome killer, the Harvest Man, is on the loose as well as a mysterious prisoner who was being held in underground catacombs and continuously tortured for over a year. His identity and how he came ...more
Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"
Great read! The villains where brilliant as well as the usual characters and atmospheric setting. I enjoyed it more because it featured a certain, ah, 'saucy' someone haha. Plus the ending was left open...
Jaclyn
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best book in the series so far!

I'm not generally one for mysteries, but there's something about those set in a historical period that keeps me coming back for more. I discovered Alex Grecian a few years ago when I won book 1 of The Murder Squad series in a Goodreads giveaway, and I've been anxiously awaiting each installment since then.

The series is set in London following the Jack the Ripper murders and follows the changes to Scotland Yard after the horrific murders. Namely, the form
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Sheryl
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3-1/2 stars: I'm a fan of the Murder Squad books and had high expectations for this book. I was so excited when I got an advanced reader's copy to review. While I did ultimately end up enjoying this book a lot, in many ways it wasn't quite up to par with the other two books in the series. The other books were detective stories with Day and Hammersmith working with Dr. Kingsley to solve cases and catch criminals. This book was more a thriller than anything else. There was no real case to solve, o ...more
Kathy
First let me assure that The Devil's Workshop is a good, thrilling read, and a four-star rating by definition means "really liked it." Alex Grecian has created a series featuring Walter Day of the newly formed Murder Squad of Scotland Yard, a specialized squad introduced into the Yard in response to the lingering evil of Jack the Ripper and its release of murderous activity among the London population of 1890. Inspector Day is paired with Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith in this series, and their work ...more
Siobhan
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in Alex Grecian’s Murder Squad series and another brilliant read. Once again we follow the story of our beloved characters as they deal with trouble in Victorian London. This time, however, they’re not digging to the bottom of a murder instead they are chasing criminals who have escaped from prison. Through this we see old and new villains alike as they try to avoid the Murder Squad and being sent back to prison.

I will admit that I was a bit put off by the notion of Ja
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☕Laura
I love a dark, gritty Victorian crime novel, but for me this one fell somewhat short of the previous books in this series. It was a bit more "in your face" for lack of a better term and lacked the nuance and depth of the previous novels. The plot did not feel as well developed and though one should expect a fair amount of gore in a book that includes Jack the Ripper as a central character, it felt somewhat gratuitous at times, as if the goal was shock rather than suspense. It did, however, leave ...more
Heidi
Creepy, evil, dark and full of mid-19th century London ambiance including several chapters below ground. This is definitely my favorite entry of the series so far and I predict the next will be as dark as this one.

One warning-- of all the series, this is the goriest and not for the faint of heart. Well-written but violence and sadism runs amok.

All your favorite characters are here (although not nearly enough Hammersmith) plus a few evil convicts on the run to keep the Murder Squad inspectors h
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Benjamin Thomas
In 1890, a prison break releases several vicious murderers onto the streets of London and all available police are gathered to catch the escapees. The fledgling murder squad is no exception and so previous series regulars Detective Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith join the hunt. They soon discover a mysterious organization has been taking justice into their own hands and their inept actions have not only led to the prison break but also the escape of a mysterious prisoner of their own b ...more
Ashley Marsh
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2018
While I feel that this is a definite departure from the first two books, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing, as always, was simple and easy to follow. There weren't really any surprises or plot twists in this, and I felt completely disconnected from Day and Hammersmith, so there are definitely things lacking in this installment. I loved reading about Jack, but I'm hoping for a return to the feel of the first two books as I move on in the series. It was a quick, fun read. I enjoyed it.
Ronna
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
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
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Anne
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I've read the first of the Murder Squad series (unfortunately I ran out of time to read the second before the third arrived), and I do think the characters have been developed well. In reading this installation I also think that the author has worked hard to establish a series of dependable, likeable characters. With 'The Devil's Workshop', the entire story takes place over what seems to be roughly a day, and there is a lot of action ...more
Brittany
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, crime, victorian
I loved The Devil’s Workshop, placed in 1890 London; this tale follows Detective Walter Day and Detective Nevil Hammersmith as they hunt down a group of escaped murders. Full of secret societies, Saucy Jack, deviant law men, pregnant wives with babies on the way, hidden tunnels, botched plans, and copious twists turns, and one must not forget about the delightfully evil villains, Grecian brings London’s streets alive. I have always liked the tales of Jack the Ripper, but haven’t found fiction th ...more
AdiTurbo
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in about two days, holding my breath all the way with suspense. I loved the first book in the series, but thought the second one was a bit weaker. I'm glad to see that Grecian is back to form, creating some great characters and sweeping plot lines. Warning: There are many very gruesome scenes in this book, but what can you expect from a novel about Jack the Ripper and a few other murderers? It pulled me in right from the start, and I really needed to know that all of my favo ...more
Rebecca McPhedran
Another good installment in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. In this one, we are introduced to two new villains; Jack the Ripper and someone called The Harvest Man. An old nemesis comes back as well. Detective Day and his stalwart companion Hammersmith must race against the clock and round up four murderers who have escaped from jail. But was this jailbreak an accident, or a coincidence? A good read!
Elizabeth
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: england
Excellent writing and well researched; that is what earned this book 5 stars. The characters are multifaceted and interesting as they continue to develop and thrive, along with their flourishing detective skills, growing and evolving the as yet unheard of brand new Murder Unit.
However, as this series progresses it gets more gruesome. The first book had just a bit of gore and the second book had none at all. Therefore when the first chapter was grisly, and got worse as the story unfolded, I
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kate
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Jack is back! And he's far more metaphysical than you might have expected London's most notorious serial killer to be.
I never got a galley for the second book in the series, so it's been a while, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not reading it. That's in stark contrast with The Long Mars, which I picked up and was completely overwhelmed by. I guess what I'm saying is that it works as a stand-alone, which is never a bad thing.
The story starts with a prison break that doesn'
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Christine
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Scotland Yard’s “Murder Squad” is still in its infancy; undermanned and sometimes untrained, they are not doing their job with the expediency some citizens expect. This small group of citizens takes it upon themselves to capture criminals and mete out their own brand of justice – namely making them suffer in the same manner as the victims. Their own plan, however, is also moving along a little more slowly than they anticipated so they hatch a scheme to get more criminals at one time. Arranging, ...more
Ariel
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the third entry into the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series and in my opinion the best one yet. You really want to read these books in order because the third book revisits a nemesis from book one, a thoroughly nasty child killer who goes by the name of Cinderhouse. Thanks to a spectacular prison break he is on the loose in London along with a handful of other psychopathic killers who include non other than Jack the Ripper himself. Jack is portrayed as a sort of Hannibal Lector, a crimina ...more
Julie
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
London, 1890. There has been a train wreck, and one of the cars has crashed into a prison. There is complete chaos, and bodies everywhere, but when everything has been checked and accounted for, it looks like some prisoners have escaped. And these are some of the most notorious and vicious sociopaths in London, including the infamous Saucy Jack, better known as Jack the Ripper. The Scotland Yard Murder Squad has its hands full chasing down these criminals. This is the first book I read in this s ...more
Renny
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ok... that's it. Am 1/3 of the way through and I will not read any more. This book explores the depths of depravity in a way that I do not need. I do not want to finish it though that is not my usual choice when I start a book, even if it turns out to be one I do not particularly care for. Maybe there is redemption at the end but it is not close enough to inspire a desire to go on or even a desire to read any more of this author's writing.
Laura Lee
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the series. Jack the Ripper is back! Left open for another book. Enjoyed very much. Fast read.
Kevin
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The creepiest Jack the Ripper ever. Excellent series starting with "The Yard."
A. Lieberson
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another riveting tale from Alex Grecian where Inspector Day and Sergeant Hammersmith shine!
Stephen
this wasn't the best in the series to date, maybe was a minor blip but hoping the next in the series will be much better though.
Melanie
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Glad I didn't read this one at night. This book gives you shivers. It is very, very suspenseful!!
Kim
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
For a little while there, I thought Grecian would just kill every single one of his characters and leave me sitting, stunned and awash in their blood, in the parlor of Day's house. Yeesh. This was definitely more of a gory thriller than the smart, historically nuanced mysteries I've come to expect from this series.
Lola
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Cate
I thought this was going to be a gripping historical police procedure, but the only thing gripping about it were my hands on the cover to stop me throwing across the room unfinished. Yes, I was disappointed in this, and have read far better thriller/mysteries from Authors who are releasing their works to the reading public for the first time. This really isn’t one book as there is the main story that centres around the Scotland Yard Murder Squad shortly after the Ripper killings, and then there ...more
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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.

He also created the six-volume graphic novel series PROOF, and the two-part graphic n
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Other books in the series

Scotland Yard's Murder Squad (5 books)
  • The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #1)
  • The Black Country (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #2)
  • The Harvest Man (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #4)
  • Lost and Gone Forever (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #5)
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