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The Devil's Workshop (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Book 3) by [Grecian, Alex]
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Book 3 of 5 in Scotland Yard's Murder Squad (5 Book Series)
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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

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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.”—Bookreporter.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FX7R4QI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Avid reader VINE VOICE on March 18, 2014
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"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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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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This book was surprisingly dull in comparison to The Yard and Black Country. With the "long awaited" appearance of Jack the Ripper (who I honestly didn't want to even meet in this book), it instantly ruined the experience. What bothered me was that we saw too much of Saucy Jack and his bent personality and there seems to be a lack of research here. For starters, he was very frivolous when it came to murder and everything he did felt like it was meant for pure shock value (e.g. watching a dog die (this is important to note for anyone who's checking for animal death in a story)). Jack dealt with ordinary, non-obtrusive men as well as women and it struck me as out of character. I don't know a whole lot about him but I think he was PRETTY fixated on prostitutes and wouldn't just kill people to get some clothes.
The writing for Jack was so bad that I tried to convince myself that by the end of the book, Adrian March would spring up out of the watercloset toilet of the Metropolitan Police Station and scream "That's not the real Jack the Ripper!! I fooled you!" then everything would make sense all of a sudden and it turns out that "Jack" was just a copy-cat killer. If that had been the case, I'd have given this book probably four stars.
All this is sad, however, because Grecian can write splendid domestic interactions and friendship and can somehow make detective work seem less boring, yet with the addition of Jack, I actually skipped those chapters of him in it because to me, watching what the antagonist does completely ruins the mystery of who this guy is and what's his purpose, then 'surprising' the reader when he (spoiler alert) meets Walter Day.
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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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