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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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  • 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
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Alex Grecian is the national bestselling author of the 'Scotland Yard Murder Squad' novels, including THE YARD, THE BLACK COUNTRY, THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP, and THE HARVEST MAN. 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 sixth novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad.

For more information about the author, please visit www.alexgrecian.com

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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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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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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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Title - The Blue Girl (Murder Squad #2.5)

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.
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'The Blue Girl' is the story of a young woman found floating in the river, whose death has been deemed too commonplace for Scotland Yard to spare an Inspector for, and of Constable Pringle, a man so concerned with superficialities he cannot even be bothered to fetch her body from the water, as doing such might muddy his trousers. But for all he is admittedly vain, Pringle does have a heart (though one has to do their fair share of digging to excavate it) and is eventually moved by the apathy of the officials towards the fate of the blue girl.

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.
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