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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday - First Chapter - First Paragraph - The Yard



Each Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first part of a book that she is reading or thinking about reading.  This week I'm sharing the first few paragraphs of The Yard by Alex Grecian.  This is the first book in his Murder Squad series, set in London of the 1890's - Jack the Ripper's London.  I love this time period.  See what you think:



 

     Nobody noticed when Inspector Christian Little of Scotland Yard disappeared, and nobody was looking for him when he was found.
     A black steamer trunk appeared at Euston Square Station sometime during the night and remained unnoticed until early afternoon of the following day.  The porter discovered it after the one o'clock train had departed, and he opened the trunk when it proved too heavy for him to lift.
     He immediately sent a boy to find the police.



Blurb:

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month.  Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt.  They have failed their citizens.  But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . . .

When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.  Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad . . . but why?


What are your thoughts?  Would you keep reading?

48 comments:

  1. Great post, Kay! I think this one would be one of those books which keeps you one edge. Hope you'll enjoy it much!

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    1. I'm suspecting that it will that, Eryn. Thanks for coming by!

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  2. Wonder what's in the trunk...maybe a body?

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    1. Yep, I'm pretty sure it is Inspector Little. Ick!

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  3. That intro is a good draw Kay. I recall when everyone seemed to be talking about this book several years ago -- maybe someday I will try it --enjoy

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    1. It's the first book in a series, Diane, that now has 4 books I think.

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  4. I like that time period, too, and the opening definitely grabbed me. I'd give it a try!

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    1. There's just something about the Victorian era and fog and murder. LOL

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  5. Mmmm...I love mysteries. This sounds right up my alley. I'd keep reading.

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    1. Yes, I like the 'dark and stormy night' kind of atmosphere.

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  6. You had me at Victorian London. I'd definitely keep reading.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-108.html

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    1. I love that era. Have several series that I've enjoyed set in Victorian England.

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  7. I don't read these type of books often, but this sounds like a good one for when I am looking for something a little different from my usual fare.
    Today I'm featuring Letters To The Lost by Iona Grey.

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    1. Well, if you're not much of a mystery fan, this one might be a little strong. :-)

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  8. Definitely be tempted to read more. Thanks for coming by My Teaser

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    1. Me too. I haven't yet, but I will.

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  9. YES!!!!!!

    And hope it comes in LP. 'Cause it also sounds like something, my husband would enjoy.

    Merci...

    Tessa

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    1. It might come in Large Print. Not sure. Hope it does.

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  10. You bet! Intriguing period in time, a Jack the Ripper type murderer, a locked chest...hmm.. should we open it? The darker side of Victorian London, this is a winner, Kay!

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    1. For me too, Rita! I love this time period.

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  11. You had me at the "Jack the Ripper" reference and the setting. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy...and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. It's a favorite of mine as well, Laurel.

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  12. I have a copy of this one in my TBR pile and hope to get to it one day. I've heard such great things about it.

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  13. This one sounds very good. I love the old Sherlock stories set in London so I think I might enjoy this one too.

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    1. If you like that time period, this one might work for you, Margot. It's the beginning book in a series.

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  14. Ooh I've read this one - I do hope you are enjoying it? Thanks for visiting my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/first-chapter-first-paragraph-june-2/

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    1. Well, I'm sure I will when I get past the first paragraphs. Right now, I'm still paddling the Thames with Lacey Flint.

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  15. This one has been on my radar for awhile but not strong enough that I've gone and picked it up. I'm excited to see your thoughts on this one!

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    1. I'm going to try to read it next.

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  16. Is this one you are reading or thinking of reading? I love this period but haven't read a mystery set in the Victorian era for ages. I would have to know more about the sleuth--would he tempt me to know more? I know some people like straightforward mysteries and all the extra detail is superfluous, but I sort of like all the background/character detail!

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    1. It's the first in a series that I haven't read yet, Danielle. It's next on my list. :-)

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  17. This does sound good so yes I think I'd keep reading. I don't read many like this but it's fun for something different.

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    1. Sometimes, it's good to branch out a little.

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  18. Definitely! Great hook with just the first line!

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    1. Yes, you'd probably like this one.

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    1. I suspect you'd definitely like this, Gayle. Think about it for our October meeting.

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  20. This looks good! I don't usually like historical fiction, but it's different when it's crime fiction set during this time period.

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    1. Yep - this is definitely historical.

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  21. I'm always intrigued with books with Jack the Ripper, and the time setting is another factor too! This one definitely sounds like a winner to me!

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    1. The time period and Jack the Ripper - perfect for me.

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  22. The porter finds the trunk too heavy to pick up. What's in there? I like Victorian England mysteries.

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    1. Hmmm...well, I think it might be Inspector Little. I haven't started it yet, but will soon.

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  23. Oh I definitely would keep reading. I love Victorian London settings so this book definitely caught my attention. I've heard lots of good reviews about it so hopefully I'll get to it one of these days!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading it soon. Still haven't started it. :-)

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Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy to hear your thoughts and will respond as soon as I can. Happy Reading!