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The Black Country: Scotland Yard Murder Squad Book 2 by [Grecian, Alex]
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Will keep you riveted from page one (Jeffery Deaver)

CSI: Victorian London (Daily Express)

Throw in deranged prostitutes, poisonings and throat slittings galore, amidst lashings of London fog. Gory, lurid and tons of guilty fun (Guardian)

About the Author

Alex Grecian worked for an ad agency before returning to writing fiction full-time and raising his son. Alex is the author of the long-running and critically acclaimed comic-book series Proof, and he lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife and son.

Lost and Gone Forever is Alex's fifth novel in his bestselling Scotland Yard Murder Squad series, following The Yard, The Black Country,The Devil's Workshop and The Harvest Man.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405912480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405912488
  • ASIN: B00CQDMX5Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2014
Format: Paperback
My main complaint of Alex Grecian's début novel, "The Yard", was that whilst being reasonably well written, it was poorly researched and consequently unrealistic and anachronistic in its detail. I was hoping that for his follow-on novel, "The Black Country", the author would have learned some lessons and done a bit more preparation by way of background research. Sadly, he has not. In fact, if anything, he has done nothing but the bare minimum of research into the eponymous industrial heart-land of Victorian England for this second volume of his "Murder Squad" series. As far as the book's setting goes, the Black Country of this author's imagination is a very odd place indeed; it appears to be a strange amalgam of locations and centuries, having more in common with Bram Stoker's Transylvania (albeit mercifully free of vampires) than anything remotely English. The idea of English inn-keepers drugging their guests in order to preserve them from encounters with the local bogey-man, Rawhead and Bloody Bones, or even keeping a rifle (sic) behind the bar is odd enough, but the suggestion that Black Country pubs at the start of the twentieth century were surrounded by impenetrable wolf-infested forest, served beer in steins or offered their guests nothing to eat but groaty dick, just shows how ignorant of reality the author is.Read more ›
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I thoroughly enjoyed Alex Grecian's 'The Yard' (see my review) and now I've read his second tale of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad - 'The Black Country.' This time Inspector Day, Hammersmith & others are investigating strange and murderous goings-on away from gas-lit London, at Blackhampton, a mining village, and also a cultural backwater situated in the Midlands. I do feel that if you'd read this novel without having first read 'The Yard,' then you'd have a slightly poorer opinion of the author's talents because whereas 'The Yard' was brilliantly break-neck and thoroughly entertaining, 'The Black County' offers the author's same interesting writing style but it is delivered to the reader in a rather more laborious and somewhat fragmented style. London does seem to be the better setting for these characters and I found 'The Black Country' just a little too drawn out as the author fails to perfectly emulate his fluidness from his first highly engaging and readable novel. Alex Grecian also needs to be a little more thorough in his cultural awareness of period linguistics and descriptions which did not seem to sit perfectly well either for the era or the region. Readers also need to keep more of a focussed eye on both plot and secondary characters as the novel's main points of interest felt scattered and, at times a little ragged.
However, by the end Alex Grecian has created a second instalment that's enjoyable enough and which needs to be absorbed if you wish to fully appreciate Inspector Day & Sergeant Hammersmith. There are other books already written although I'm looking forward to the author reproducing his controlled pace and page-turning eloquence from 'The Yard' as I cast my eyes expectantly to the next in the series.
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Possibly the worst book I have ever read. Don't waste your time reading it. Where to start? The Black Country was not Transylvania and the author has lifted the plot from "The suspicions of Mr Whicher"
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This looked so promising, but turned out to be a big disappointment. Stanwegian has said just about everything that can be said about getting facts right but I just had to mention a couple of things myself which are deeply irritating to the reader.
1) Wolves were hunted to extinction by about the fourteenth century in Britain;
2) The word "okay", whilst existing in the US from the mid nineteenth century, didn't come into popular use in Britain until about a hundred years later. Grecian completely fails to create the formality with which even ordinary people spoke in the 1890s thereby undermining any creation of authenticity in his characters;
3) Women did not introduce themselves by their first names at this time as the school teacher did;
4) English people do not "wash up" anything but dishes, certainly not themselves;
5) Why was nobody in the least bit concerned about the disappearance of Grimes? His murder went completely unremarked.
6) There is very little attempt at distinguishing the characters of the two policemen except that the Sergeant is untidy.

Sorry, that's more than a couple of things! But this is a really annoying book!
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This is the second book in the series and whilst I was really riveted to the first book, The Yard, this one was slightly hard work! I found the situation of the story in a snow bound village irritating, our heroes Day & Hammersmith seemed out of their depth in an alien place and the story took time to emerge. However, it did come together in the end but I'm having a break from this series and hopefully the next book is more exciting.
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