The Black Country (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad)

by Alex Grecian | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0425267733 Global Overview for this book
Registered by avanta7 on 7/23/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by avanta7 on Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Black CountryThe Black Country by Alex Grecian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


When a child finds a human eyeball in a bird's nest and three members of a well-respected village family go missing, the local law enforcement of Blackhampton enlist the aid of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad.

Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith arrive in the rural Midlands from London expecting to go about their business with all despatch and all cooperation from the locals. Unfortunately, the local superstitions make our intrepid investigators' task more difficult when the locals are less than forthcoming about actual events and more focused on supernatural explanations for the disappearances.

Rawhead and Bloody Bones, indeed.

Told at a steady pace, with appropriate clues and the occasional red herring dropped here and there, The Black Country is a serviceable period police procedural. I wasn't awestruck by the prose, which is plain and straightforward, nor stunned by the originality of the story (because there's nothing really outstandingly original here), but I enjoyed it. It made a pleasant way to pass the time on the train while commuting.

Thank you to Goodreads' First Reads program for the opportunity to read this book.



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Journal Entry 2 by avanta7 at Urban Grounds on College Ave. in Avondale Estates, Georgia USA on Saturday, July 23, 2016

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