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The Blue Girl: A Short Story of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad from the author of The Yard and The Black Country, A Special from G.P. Putnam's Sons [Kindle Edition]

Alex Grecian
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of the nationally bestselling suspense novel The Yard and the forthcoming The Black Country, both novels of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, comes a short story of the Squad, a cautionary tale: Be careful what you wish for.

October 1889: Constable Colin Pringle is a man of few illusions, but there is something about the girl in the canal, her skin a delicate shade of blue, that bothers him more than he expected it would. Perhaps it’s because Dr. Kingsley’s forensic examination suggests that she was a just-married bride. Someone needs to find out just who she was and what happened to her, Pringle decides, and he sets out to do exactly that. But the answers will not be anything like what he expects. In fact, they will shake his view of the world to the core.


Product Details

  • File Size: 289 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (June 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1FG9DA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn Back, You Pretty Thing! June 11, 2013
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Some people like "real" books and have foresworn e-readers and e-books...I love "real" books also...my shelves and to-be-read stack are full of them...but I also love my Kindle, and "The Blue Girl" is a perfect example as to why: it allows readers to enjoy short stories or novellas that would (might) never see the light of day were it not for e-readers...it allows authors to explore characters and create stories or re-release past stories - for free or at a very affordable price - that they really want to get out to the public and readers...it can give readers a nibble of their favorite authors' work while they are hard at work on theor next big project...often now, we can even get the first few chapters in advance of an actual publication date.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Short July 9, 2013
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I have recently discovered and fallen in love with Alex Grecian's Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series. The characters are very well drawn and the picture of Victorian times rings true grit and all.

I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to read a short story especially one so perfectly crafted, a true gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these characters June 28, 2013
By H.R.
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I'm a big fan of Alex Grecian and the Scotland Yard's Murder Squad books. I absolutly live how each character has specfic beliefs about the world and themselves. This story was short but brilliant and I love it. I cannot recommend these books enough. My only complaint about this story is I wish I knew where it fit in continuity but that doesn't really matter at all, it's just my own anal retentiveness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Girl review from a satisfied customer December 2, 2013
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Because it was so darned good. I have two Alex Grecian books, and I'm glad for this prelude - it makes it more exciting to wait for the next one - I LOVE English Victorian Mysteries!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series November 22, 2013
By Kim
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I love this series! Love the characters, the setting (post-Ripper London) the writing flows. I'm looking forward to reading more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Girl Review October 20, 2013
By Sam
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Well written. Holds your interest throughout the book--especially given that it is not lengthy. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys murder mysteries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Twists September 25, 2013
By coach01
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I did like this short story--interesting twist--enough to want to read more by this author. The self-important constable is actually quite an intriguing main character.
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I hate short stories but this one by one of my list of new favorite authors is OK. Set up in 1900's London again with its nuances and customs, it is a pretty good short mystery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 day ago by mandinga
3.0 out of 5 stars A police procedural short-story set in 1890's London
Too short to allow for developing a robust plot. Well written and I look forward to reading one of the author's full-blown mysteries.
Published 1 month ago by David Malmberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 2 months ago by Katherine R. Chaplar
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice quicky
Great quick read by a terrific author.
Published 3 months ago by Cat Dot
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
At work, we like to discuss books. There are two of us that describe our perfect job as reading books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Readaholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical short story
Nicely done short story by an up and coming writer of historical mysteries. The story has an interesting twist at the end - as any mystery should!
Published 5 months ago by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this period in history...
If you are looking for diverting and fun mysteries with likeable characters, this series is a fun read. Looking forward to book #3 due out this month.
Published 6 months ago by Viki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story
After reading this short story I am intrigued to read more of the authors books. I wish he would put more illustrations into his writing to help the reader have more of an image.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!!!
I think you will agree that you wish this short story were a full blown novel. The excellent writing style Grecian gave us in The Yard is evident in this piece.
Published 7 months ago by Janet H. Cholin
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific short mystery!
Title - The Blue Girl (Murder Squad #2.5)

Author - Alex Grecian

Genre - Mystery, Short Story

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In 1889, London, Scotland... Read more
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More About the Author

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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