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The Devil's Workshop (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Grecian
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Book Description

They thought he was gone, but they were wrong. Jack the Ripper is loose in London once more.

Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad faces the most shocking case of its existence, in the extraordinary new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national bestsellers The Yard and The Black Country.

London, 1890. A small group of the city’s elite, fed up with the murder rate, have made it their business to capture violent criminals and mete out their own terrible brand of retribution. Now they are taking it a step further: They have arranged for four murderers to escape from prison, and into the group’s hands.

But the plan goes wrong. The killers elude them, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad to hunt the convicts down before they can resume their bloody spree. But the Murder Squad may already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

And that isn’t even the worst of it. During the escape, one of the killers has stumbled upon the location of another notorious murderer, one thought gone for good, but who is now prepared to join forces with them.

And Saucy Jack has learned some new tricks while he’s been away.

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HM Prison Bridewell has an occupant named Jack buried alive deep within its bowels. Every few days, men visit him to reenact his crimes upon women on Jack’s own flesh—not enough to kill, just enough to agonize. A locomotive smashes into the prison one day in 1890, and several prisoners, including Jack, escape. The Murder Squad, originally formed to find Jack the Ripper, is after another ripper named Jack. Or is it the same one? This third in Grecian’s Murder Squad series again delivers a hard-hitting historical thriller bursting with deft characterizations (especially of series hero Detective Inspector Walter Day) and the author’s knowledge of Victoriana. For example, part of the action here hinges on the tortures perpetrated by members of an actual Victorian secret society who believed in fitting the punishment to the crime. Tension builds as the escaped prisoners start a revenge murder spree and as Day’s own pregnant wife becomes a possible Ripper victim. Grecian is also the author of the graphic-novel series, Proof, which was named one of NPR’s best books of the year in 2009 --Connie Fletcher


Praise for Alex Grecian's The Black Country

“Ripe with gory details…[Grecian] has a flair.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Devilishly dark…It isn’t often that a mystery-thriller enthralls so completely…but as usual with Mr. Grecian, there is more to this tale than complex plotting.”—The Huffington Post

“Grecian creates an eerie atmosphere from start to finish, and without giving anything away, the killer here is creepy and unexpected.”—

Product Details

  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FX7R4QI
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, not terrible, just okay. March 18, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
"The Devil's Workshop", Alex Grecian's third installment in his Murder Squad series has its flaws. Lots and lots of flaws. Starting with the lack of mystery, which other reviewers have mentioned, and continuing with the blundering investigation of our heroes. Day and Hammersmith do not investigate the escape/crime spree so much as they stumble over clues/bodies/evidence at an alarming rate. the pacing seems off, somehow, as well. The increased gore factor did not bother me too much, as anything involving Jack the Ripper is bound to be bloody and gruesome.

Day and Hammersmith seem like shadows of themselves, especially compared to earlier entries in the series. Neither one presents as terribly competent, even though they are supposed to be among the best in their field. Dr. Kingsley and Fiona do not have very meaty roles in this book, and there is too much Claire and the neverending pregnancy for my tastes. I, personallu, found the plot rather disjointed, jumping from point to point to point, with seemingly very little to connect these points in a cohesive manner (other readers may disagree).

I preferred the first two in the series, and would recommend this for a reader that is not bothered by the flaws, mentioned above, and the gore, or for one that simply must read every book in a series.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.... If I could, I'd say 4.5 to 4.75 April 6, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP is third in Alex Grecian’s Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. We have the familiar characters from the first two books: Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, Dr. Kingsley and his daughter, and more. Day and his wife are due to become parents very soon.

But Day and Hammersmith are called out because a derailed train has broken the gates of the toughest prison in the area. Four – or was it five? -- inmates have escaped and must be found and returned to custody before they can commit more crimes. It’s possible that the alleged fifth inmate is Jack the Ripper himself.

As they try to recapture the fugitives, Day and Hammersmith uncover a vigilante secret society bent on what the members see as justice; readers will be surprised at the identity of one of the members of this society. Meanwhile, Day’s wife goes into labor, and there are surprises concerning that as well.

The setting draws readers in. Readers can imagine the errand boys running everywhere at adults’ bidding for a few coins, the gaslights of the time (the 1890’s), the fog, and more. Grecian handles this very well.

Grecian’s novels aren’t “mysteries” in the classic sense; readers quickly figure out who is doing what crimes. They are closer to thrillers. But the thrill is still there, and gory scenarios abound. Readers don’t expect thrillers to be tea parties, and Grecian’s work is in no way for extremely sensitive readers.

Also, since this is third in the series and I've read all three, I cannot attest to how easy it would be to join in at this point. For the second book, BLACK COUNTRY, and this novel, some introductory front matter might be helpful.
With all this in mind, however, I’m really learning to appreciate a well-written thriller, and this is well-written. I’ll keep my eyes open for more novels of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed July 30, 2014
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I was eager to read this third book in the Scotland Yard series after I thoroughly enjoyed the first two. I was extremely disappointed by The Devil's Workshop and closed the book after reading only the first few chapters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother! July 20, 2014
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This book was really horrible. If you like books that are sick and terrifying, this is for you. I read his other books and was truly looking forward to a good read, forget it! I finished it but was glad to see the end. What a disappointment!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jack's back, so what! March 11, 2014
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My luck with these vine books is that I always get the second or third book in a series, never the first. Thus I have no idea about the previous novels in this series. What I am left with is this third installment. So reader be advised that I am talking only about this book.

I loved the prologue of this book and combine the definition for Karstphanomen, I thought," Geat let's get this show on the road!" Jack the Ripper, wow, it doesn't get any better than this "boogeyman." Chapter one was good ....but then came the other chapters. The opening section of the book is SLOW. The author sets up the "bad guys" with some of the most depraved traits this side of Hannibal Lector. As for the "good guys," not the police, are some what perverted in their sense of justice. Then there is the police. Since I hadn't read the first two books I didn't know the background of these men, however the criminals were far more interesting and this is one of the sore spots of this book. It seems that the author goes out of his way not to make these characters interesting.

This thought kept crossing mind as I read, these are detectives and since there were already two previous books, then these guys are "good" detectives. I was wrong. I really didn't see that much "detecting." As a matter of fact, they sort of stumble into things. No this book is mainly about the sick convicts, the strange "goodguys," and Jack. Plus I forgot the sick killings.

I was curious about the way the author physically wrote the Jack sections. This style continued through out the book. Why? Who knows? It didn't hurt the book, it was just a curious thing that I noticed when I should I have been concerned about the book.

I love Jack the Ripper.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Karstphomen
Enjoyed this book as much as the first two. Good characters. Full of blood and gore. Liked the idea of Jack the Ripper. Read more
Published 6 days ago by D. Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I started with great hope for this book, but got bored death with the long descriptions in each chapter. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the stories, Enjoy it for the accents!
Alex Grecian is an excellent weaver of tales and the audio book brings the words to life with English accents. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Rick Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very dark and creepy
Published 21 days ago by Rich Lanning
1.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Workshop
Forget it,, don't buy. I loved The Yard, liked The Black Lands, and discarded this third book without completing it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful, but violent, read!
The 3rd in Alex Grecian's Murder Squad mysteries begins with a bizarre prison escape. Four or five dangerous prisoners are loose in London & the Murder Squad is called in to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Third time is the charm
This read was horrible in that now I am left hanging. What happens to Day, his wife Clair, and the newborn twins? What happens to Hammersmith? Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars A most evil villain
The Devil's Workshop was my first Alex Grecian novel - but it won't be my last. The book is very well written with vivid characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron Chicaferro
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I absolutely LOVE this entire series, this being the third. The 4th in the series is due out soon, already preordered. Start with The Yard.
Published 2 months ago by M. Legault
5.0 out of 5 stars A must follow-up to The Yard by the same author ...
A must follow-up to The Yard by the same author. You will find yourself believably in 1889 without any trouble, with all its noise, filth, stench. But hold! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gay B. Goff
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Alex Grecian is the national bestselling author of the 'Scotland Yard Murder Squad' novels, including THE YARD, THE BLACK COUNTRY, and the THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP. He also co-created the long-running and critically acclaimed graphic novel series PROOF, which NPR named one of the best books of 2009. He has written an original 'Murder Squad' e-book, THE BLUE GIRL, and an original graphic novel, SEVEN SONS, as well as a multitude of short stories, both comics and prose, for various anthologies. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. And a cat. And a tarantula. He is working on the fourth novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad.


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