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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 27 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Yard: Scotland Yard Murder Squad Book 1 (Hardcover)
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Like some other reviewers, I was also persuaded by the book's cover which looked atmospheric and interesting. But that is where the love of this book ends. I was underwhelmed with the shallow characters in this book, and some of the Yard personnel sporting such names as Crockett O'Donnell; Waldo George; Waverly Brown - goodness what happened to good old English names like Frederick; George; Robert etc. and the best of all was Nevil Hammersmith - he is a Welshman from Collier(!). I'm afraid all of this failed to give any credibility to this story, which takes place in the aftermath of the Ripper murders when an Inspector from Scotland Yard is murdered in a macabre manner. I believe Mr Grecian has make good his knowledge of forensics but alas his descriptions of Victorian England do not wash at all - the plot was slow to get going as it was mostly in dialogue form with a lot of repetition. Cockney prostitutes with lines like: "We does like a man with a full beard" and the best of all from a Yard colleague with little time on his hands: "Sure, and I've got time galore, don't I" reminded me of Dick Van Dyke, use of words like okay and cop were anachronistic and I've now consigned this book to rest. If Mr Grecian had based his book in say New York or Chicago I think it would have been a lot more believable.
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2012 14:57:51 BDT
A. Chell says:
I didn't dislike it as much as you, but your point that the book could be set in an American city is a good one. Although I'm no expert on Victorian London, all the descriptions felt a bit generic to me, and could easily have been transplanted to New York or Boston.

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Sue K says:
I really feel that Mr Grecian's book would have benefitted more if his story had been set in an American city. Victorian London and it's characters were very difficult to believe in.
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