My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Historical Fiction
Victorian London. Sigh, some of us are just born in the wrong time period and in my case the wrong country also! Then they went ahead and put Jack the Ripper's name on the front of the book and what self-respecting mystery lover could possibly even resist. I know I couldn't.
Now this was a re-read for me, I did read it about two years ago, but at that time I was on so much medication for my back that that whole period is just a fuzzy haze of half memories. So when I couldn't remember over 75% of what I read I decided to read it again, well maybe if you can't remember such a large amount of the book then maybe it isn't a re-read after all, lol!
The book starts not long after Jack the Ripper stops killing and there has been a lot of changes at the Scotland Yard Murder Squad, including the leaving of one of the Detective Inspectors that hunted Saucy Jack himself and the arrival of Detective Inspector Walter Day, who came from solving small town crime to being thrust into the cesspool of London crime. Newly married and new to London you would think it would all have overwhelmed Inspector Day till he moved back to that small town, but he has a keen mind and a dogged determination to catch the bad guy. Partnered up with Constable Nevil Hammersmith and Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the coroner (who is actually based upon a true historical figure), Inspector Day must find out who has been brutally murdering members of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad before another member finds himself stuffed in a steamer trunk.
I wouldn't call this a fast paced thriller, but it is a great detective story! And even though some of the historical facts are a bit off in some aspects it is not huge mistakes that would take away from the story I won't compare it to Sherlock Holmes because well it wouldn't live up to that but if you enjoy detective stories like those of Sherlock Holmes I really think you'll enjoy The Yard to.