My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Historical Fiction
Holy Crap Is All Of Got To Say!
I read many reviews over on Goodreads about The Harvest Man and one person I am friends with on there and whom I really respect her opinions on books gave it two stars so I didn’t have my expectations to high about liking this book, and I was right, I didn’t like it I loved it.
By far The Harvest Man is the bloodiest and most grotesque of the Scotland Murder Yard book series that I’ve read so far. I mean people are getting their faces cut off bit by bit while they're still alive for crying out loud, yak!
We first meet the Harvest Man when he escapes prison with a bunch of other murders in book #3 of the series, The Devil’s Workshop, but as quick as he appears in the story he disappears just as quickly and there is nothing else because we are all focused on Jack the Ripper. However, I can honestly say that I would rather meet Jack the Ripper in a dark alley than the Harvest Man for he is a creepy crazy little man at least in my imagination and in the imagination of Alex Grecian Jack the Ripper might be a murderer, but at least he is smart and calculating not just plain old bat shit crazy!
Inspector Day has a lot going on not only is he recovery from injuries he sustained in The Devil’s Workshop, but Nevil was also fired from the Murder Squad at the end of the last book to, so imagine Inspector Day as our Sherlock without his Watson! Sad really. Walter also has two new babies in the house, twins, whose arrival has also brung about the arrival of Walter’s in-laws into a rented house on the same street that the Day family resides on. Tensions are not only thick on the homefront because Walter is riding a desk at work since he is still recovering from those injuries but it is like making someone with ADD/ADHD sit at a desk all day long, so not a very pleasant experience for him at home or at work. Then Saucy Jack is playing with his mind which is enough to drive a stress free person nuts, but poor Walter has all these other pressures in his life so Jack’s tormenting is just bad sport in my opinion. The ending was like “what the *#&%”! But I won’t give it away I promise just be prepared for it cause it is a doozy!
The Harvest Man case has everyone at the Yard overwhelmed with these grisly murders and even though we know who the murderer is, the hunt for the murderer is the main focus in this book, and even though it is not very conventional to already know who the villain is in a detective story I felt it actually heightened the suspense in this one making it an awesome read!
I highly recommend this one and the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. I don’t however feel that they would be as good as stand alone reads, I think if you are going to read one you should definitely make time to read the others to. Book #5 in the series, Lost and Gone Forever has an expected publication date of May 17th, 2016 so I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next!