- File Size: 841 KB
- Print Length: 40 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 4, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 4, 2013
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B1FG9DA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Blue Girl: A Short Story of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad from the author of The Yard and T he Black Country, A Special from G.P. Putnam's Sons Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
So, that's a few reasons why I love something like "The Blue Girl." Another reason to like The Blue Girl is beacuse it is a great story! Featuring the mysterious (and absent) Constable Pringle from The Yard, it brings to life a character very much unlike the earnest and intense Constable Hammersmith or stalwart Inspector Day who star in Grecian's fabulous "Murder Squad" novels. We also get to see Dr Kingsley (and his daughter) at their very best.
To be sure, Pringle is vain and rakish, but he's also clever and observant...as the perpetrator declares before she is arrested: "Perhaps you (Pringle) should be a detective after all." Indeed!
The story is a classic Gothic tale of an old home, a doomed bride, and a greedy family...yet told SO Well in just a few pages!
Well played, Mr Grecian!
Here's two more short stories available as e-books from two of my favorite authors that you might also enjoy: "In Gethsemane" by Stephen Gallagher and "The Professor's Assasin" by Matthew Pearl.
I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to read a short story especially one so perfectly crafted, a true gem.
Author - Alex Grecian
Genre - Mystery, Short Story
Story Summary -
In 1889, London, Scotland Yard's newly formed Murder Squad is extremely busy. So busy that when a young girl's body washes up on shore, it is left to Constable Colin Pringle to determine if a crime was committed. Teamed with Dr. Bernard Kingsley and his daughter Fiona, Pringle investigates the death of...
"...The girl's skin was a delicate shade of blue, the color of a robin's egg. Her white dress rippled and her outstretched arms and legs spread out over the canal's surface, one of her hands resting on a furry pale frond of milfoil that stretched up from the bottom of the canal seeking the hidden sun..."
"...Of course. What do you think did her?"
"Well, it wasn't only bad luck. Take a look at her throat."
I looked and saw deep purple marks in the translucent flesh. "Strangled?"
"Indeed. It looks as though someone choked her and threw her away."
"She wasn't an especially pretty girl, was she? For a bride, I mean."
"Every bride is special, Constable. This one is no exception..."
"...I know it's difficult, but these things happen every day."
"But it isn't every day this time. It was her wedding day. When she was killed, I mean. Someone killed her on her wedding day."
"It would seem so."
"She put sixpence in her shoe and she picked out a white dress and she was getting married. And then someone choked the life out of her, and if the last thing she saw was her new husband, there was no love for her in his eyes. She was discarded like rubbish, tossed in the water and left there.Read more ›
In what evolves into just as much of a character study as it is a tightly plotted mystery, Pringle takes it upon himself to care, as he words it, and though he may be something of a rake, he's sharp witted enough to cleverly follow a veritable trail of crumbs to where they lead - a seemingly abandoned old mansion and its unnervingly strange occupants.
I can't help but think Grecian is a master storyteller. The characters develop through a slow process as the plot unfolds, the story is fresh and original, with a solution that was nearly as disturbing as was the crime. The ending, I confess, gave me a shiver. This little novella makes me want spend the weekend overdosing on Mr Grecian's other works. An absolutely wonderful read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the main character, being different from the others in Grecian's writing. He comes through and is honorable in spite of his flaws. Short, sweet, and to the point.Published 4 months ago by teachcassidy
Loved this novella from one of my new favorite authors, Alex Grecian. Have read all but one of his Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series, would highly recommend all of his novels.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I must have missed the mention of the blue girl in my reading of the other books. Looking forward to the next book.Published 6 months ago by candy
This was a nice short story featuring a smaller character from the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by niem0098
In Grecian' novels, we don't get to know Mr Pringle of Scotland Yard very well. This short story fixes that. The writing is a bit different-the story is told in the first person. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. Cooper
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