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Lost and Gone Forever

(Scotland Yard's Murder Squad #5)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,631 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is—though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has ...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Hammersmith. You fool!
Apr 13, 2016 added it
I'm disappointed.

The plot of the novel has been outlined by numerous others, including those who liked the premise. Instead of repeating what others have said, let me focus on why I'm disappointed.

The early books of this series fascinated me. They were original, brimming with intriguing characters, had a gripping plot and illuminating description that put the reader on the spot.

Since then, Grecian's apparent fascination with Jack the Ripper has diminished the thrill. Oh, the characters and
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This author is much more obsessed with Jack the Ripper than I am. In fact, I'm over serial killers entirely. In addition to the overriding Jack story, there is also a completely unbelievable married pair of killers with a weird relationship. The entire Mr. and Mrs. Parker story was so over the top that I'm not completely sure that it wasn't a joke (very Boris and Natasha, for those who remember Bullwinkle). The search for the missing Walter Day is repeatedly thwarted by contrived missed ...more
Just finished reading the 5th book in the series Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Series “Lost and Gone Forever”

“I loved the Harvest Man”, and was really looking forward to this final book. It was a good read, but did not capture my interest as much as the last book. Still quite an engaging read from a fine author
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a fan of Alex Grecian’s Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad since I picked up the first book, The Yard. What I especially loved about The Yard was how it strayed away from the topic so often touched upon in books based in the era – it avoided Jack the Ripper. The same was true of The Black Country, ensuring I would follow the series wherever it went next. In book three, The Devil’s Workshop, I was a bit unsure. The book finally made a play for Jack the Ripper, which saddened me as the ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow. This was I think the best one so far of the Murder Squad books. I just could not put this one down. The hunt for Jack the Ripper continues, or is he dead? They are also missing one of their best detectives, Walter Day, or is he dead?

This one has murderers coming out of the woodwork as two hired assassins are brought in to take care of Jack the Ripper and they are not your average assassins.

There are lots of plot twists and twists to the plot twists. I just absolutely loved it and
Benjamin Thomas
The previous book in this series, The Harvest Man, left us on a major cliffhanger. Just what happened to Inspector Walter Day and will we ever see or hear from him again? That’s just what his friends, family, and coworkers think too, especially after a year has gone by when this book opens.

This series has evolved from a fairly typical late 19th century London crime series featuring the Scotland Yard murder squad (a new concept in fighting crime) to a much more mysterious and even bizarre plot
After reading The Harvest Man in this Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series last year, which was brutal but masterful, I wasn't sure how much energy would be left for Lost and Gone Forever. I thought, like me, the characters deserved a good rest after that one. But, Alex Grecian has lost no steam or required no rest to create the fifth entry in this series as a full-on race to a tale that is thrilling, chilling, and gripping. Lost and Gone Forever is much like Saucy Jack with his hold over Walter ...more
Mar 07, 2016 added it

What it's all about...

All of my favorite characters are back so immediately upon starting this book I felt as though I was right back with the London Murder Squad...except that nothing was the same. order to truly get into this book you really have to have read all of the others that came before it. There really isn't any other way to truly understand what these characters have gone through and how much they have endured. So...briefly...Walter Day has been held captive by Jack ( the
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I won this book from Goodreads, so thank you!

Now then: I did not enjoy this outing as much as I have the author's previous books. I especially did not enjoy the inclusion of "The Wandering Wood"! I thought that story was just too silly. I'd rather have read excerpts from Alice in Wonderland than that rubbish. I also found it incredulous that Hammersmith spent an ENTIRE YEAR looking for Walter, and could not find him! Other people were practically stumbling over him, and yet Hammersmith was
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I have so enjoyed this series, but feel that Grecian needs to let go of the Jack character. Serial killers are so overdone at this point. It seems lazy to rely on this monster, shrouded in shadow and fog, to carry the series along. In this one, there was too little of some of the old favorite characters and too much of Jack. Catch him, already. Or kill him. He is just not that interesting. Time to refocus attention on Walter and Neville and the rest of the crew.
Well, at least as far as I'm
Stinky Girl
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fairly enjoyable book.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Of the five books in the Murder Squad series, this one was the least interesting and least satisfying of them all. I was rung out after finishing Lost and Gone Forever, not because I was left feeling exhilarated but because the content was dark, grisly, predictable, and a bit cartoonish. The added villains, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, were simply ridiculous in their evil villainy and the author’s obsession with attributing Saucy Jack with the brilliance of a master criminal with nine lives started to ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2016-reads
In “Lost and Gone Forever” we revisit with the Scotland Yard Murder Squad. The faces are all familiar but so much has changed since the previous book. Nevil Hammersmith is no longer part of the murder squad. He has moved on to running his own private investigations office, but aside from the odd missing persons case handled by his co-worker, Nevil has only one case that he cares to investigate – the disappearance of Walter Day – believed to be kidnapped by Jack the Ripper.

Day is eventually found
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book should not be read on its own, before you read the previous two books in the series. Together, the three are really one book, which follows the devil that is Jack the Ripper, and his cruel game, playing with inspector Walter Day's life and mind. Jack is truly scary here, a monster which knows no limits to its brutality and enjoyment of being in control of other people's suffering and pain. It is quite a while since I found myself really scared after closing the book at night, not that ...more
Mark Harrison
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
There are a couple of misfires in this series but this was very good. Walter has been in the clutches of Jack the Ripper for a whole year whilst his partner and his wife frantically search for him. Jack is slaughtering the cartel who tortured him and Walter has a part to play in his plots. There is a return for most of the usual characters, a very high body count, a sad end to a fave person and some nice twists. Worth a look.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good story couldn't predict what happened. Includes historical fiction about Jack the ripper and Scotland Yard at the time.
Madhulika Liddle
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
The fifth book in Alex Grecian’s Murder Squad series begins with (and is punctuated by) excerpts from a children’s book, The Wandering Wood, written in 1893 by a certain Rupert Winthrop. A girl called Anna finds herself in a grand adventure, surrounded by wooden objects—a marionette, a Babushka, a nutcracker—all of them going up against a nasty Jack-in-the-box.

Rupert Winthrop is the pen name of Claire Day, daughter of the wealthy Leland Carlyle, who disapproves of Claire’s having married a
Kathy Davie
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fifth (and last, I think) in the Scotland Yard's Murder Squad British historical detective mystery series and revolving around Inspector Walter Day. It's set in spring 1891 in London.

My Take'll crack up at Grecian's re-appearance in the world. I gotta say Day was quite the entrepreneur, in his recycling business. Don't ask. It's disgusting.

There is plenty going on. Walter is lost in his head, needs to earn a living, and is afraid of his kidnapper who keeps popping up. Newly
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Inspector Walter Day arrived several years ago in “The Yard” on the trail of Jack the Ripper but finding plenty of other sordid killings to solve. At the end of the last installment, “The Harvest Man,” Day had gotten even closer to catching Jack, but then abruptly disappeared and hasn’t been seen for a year.

Of course, since Day is the hero of this series, he’s not dead - no spoiler here; it’s in the opening chapter of the book - and he manages to escape from his captor, Jack the Ripper himself.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome continuation of Alex Grecian's Scotland Murder Squad series. It is 1989, and the Murder Squad is going through difficult times. Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith has lost his job for being too impetuous. In response, he set up his own detection agency to concentrate mainly on finding Walter Day who has been missing for a year. His wife carries on with their children even though her father begs her to live at his estate. There is a strong suspicion that he is in the hands of Jack the ...more
Marcia Ferguson
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hopefully, you've read the series of Murder Squad books ... when you reach Lost and Gone Forever, it won't disappoint. What a delight, to rejoin the beloved Nevil Hammersmith as he hunts for his friend Walter Day ... all the while, the reader can rejoice in a turn-of-the-century department store setting! Mr. Selfridge-style details make it all come to life. A bit gory (as Alex's books are), but this one isn't AS gory, and has some special characters ... some from the previous book have returned ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
Well...I'm glad to know what happened to Walter Day, although beyond a few clues yielded by his behavior and actions, we don't really know, do we? And there were elements of the story that were interesting, especially the setting of Plumm's department store and how it figured in everything. But I have to agree with other readers that:

A. I'm so over Jack the Ripper and am really hoping this is Mr. Grecian's last obsessive hurrah with him as well;

B. I did not understand the incorporation of the
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Having read all of the other Alex Grecian novels featuring Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, I was really looking forward to seeing what happened to Walter Day after the open ending of the previous novel. And so once again I was transported back to the dark, dangerous, fogbound streets of Victorian London and found Hammersmith still working for Clare Day, searching for our missing Inspector. I must admit I didn't feel the immediacy of the previous 4 novels, where was the good doctor and Fiona only ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in Grecian's Murder Squad series and I wouldn't suggest starting with this one. Why? You really need to see the characters change and grow over the course of the series, as well as knowing plot developments, for this to have its utmost impact. I don't want to spoil anything and will just say that I really liked this and I'm happy that the jacket copy says there will be another in the series. If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend going back to the The Yard and ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I like Alex Grecian - I like his books and his writing, but I wasn't thrilled about this one. Not sure why. Maybe because the Parkers were never fully explained? And for Day to be gone a year?
Ken Schloman
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Better than # 4 in the Murder squad series and the search for "Jack". The entire series make up a very good period piece but the series MUST be read in sequence to give the reader a complete picture of what is happening. This novel would make little sense without reading the previous novels in the series. Only real complaint is the ending seemed a bit weak. Encourage readers to take the series in order.
Nicky Mottram
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Pure brilliance!! Couldn’t put it down !! Great addition to a great series
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First line: "Peter?" Anna could hear how frightened she sounded, her voice echoing back to her from the flat face of a curio cabinet that blocked the narrow path. OR He woke in the dark and saw that his cell door was open. (This book has excerpts from an 1893 story at the beginning of each section. The first sentence is from that story. The second sentence is the first sentence in the actual story.)

Summary: Detective Walter Day has been missing for a year. Nevil Hammersmith, who was formerly a
Viviane Crystal
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Inspector Walter Day was kidnapped and held for one year by a man named “Jack.” Whatever the latter inflicted upon Day, he no longer has any memory of his previous life. Now he manages to escape, although he does so with great trepidation as he fears Jack is just around every corner waiting to grab Day and return him to his imprisonment. Little by little, he inches his way back into society, shaping and selling old cigarette and cigar butts he has reformed into new products. He even manages to ...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 novel

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 Devil's Workshop (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #3)
  • The Harvest Man (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #4)