Series:Scotland Yard's Murder Squad #5
Published by:G.P. Putnam's Sons
Format:Advanced Review Copy
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 company—a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem . . .
I really enjoyed Grecian's fifth book in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad Series, but there was a few issues that I felt really affected how I felt about the book.
Okay so the plot was engaging and fast paced, but I felt that there was so much going on all at once that chaos really reigned and though it kept the pace super fast it was a bit overwhelming and I did have to read some paragraphs more than once.There are just so many different little conflicts going on in the plot that it was just difficult to focus on the main conflict between Jack and Walter Day. And Walter's whole other life, well I can see it being realistic in the beginning of his freedom from Jack, but as it progresses it just seems to surreal.
Grecian created some of the best literary characters in this series. I love Nevil; he is bumbling, loyal and just an average guy that makes him so relatable. And then there is his complete blindness to Fiona and the love that could be, sigh! And don't even get me started on Mr. Goodpenny and his hearing issues, hilarious. All the characters are just superb and I can't really gush anymore about how they are some of my favorite literary characters. Grecian did add a few new characters and they are just as well rounded as the regular characters are.
There is a part of the book that I didn't really see the point to, which was the stories by Claire Day under her pseudonym that were interspersed among the chapters in the book, they just felt really out of place to me and the further into the book I got I just skipped over the last two.
Setting was spot on, who can resist the London of yesteryears. The setting descriptions were elaborate, but with all the destruction in the plot it was hard to keep up with what got destroyed and what didn't.
The ending was spot on and was actually my favorite part of the book. Overall it was a solid reading experience, but I wasn't as consumed by this one as I was with the previous books in this series.
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