Search Results: "Alex Grecian"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK COUNTRY by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2013

"Grecian packs in almost more plot than a body can stand, but he presents with fine precision the gray and gritty atmosphere of late-Victorian England."
Scotland Yard inspector Walter Day, first introduced in Grecian's The Yard (2012), returns to help solve a murder or two in the Black Country of the Midlands. Read full book review >

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THE HARVEST MAN by Alex Grecian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 19, 2015

"Grecian has the chops to create a novel that engages and disturbs and has proved it before. Not here."
The fourth in a series of historical thrillers about the squad of detectives formed to rid London of Jack the Ripper. Read full book review >

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LOST AND GONE FOREVER by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Grecian (The Harvest Man, 2015, etc.) spares no gruesome detail in this fifth installment about the hunt for England's most famous serial killer. If you're up for one more tale about him and you can stand the gore, you're in for quite a ride."
Jack the Ripper meets his psychopathic equal in this macabre tale of late Victorian England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YARD by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2012

"Although the whodunit aspect of the novel is a bit weak, Grecian successfully re-creates the dark atmosphere of late Victorian London."
It's 1889, the year after Jack the Ripper terrorized the East End, but London is still awash with murders—96 bodies have been retrieved from the Thames in one month, most with their throats slit—and the detectives of Scotland Yard demonstrate their usual mixture of savvy and incompetence. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Grecian's novel is the third in his Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series (The Black Country, 2013, etc.). Justice and punishment are the deeper themes, and the characterization is superb. Saucy Jack may be one of the most disturbing characters ever written on the page—again."
A historical thriller that moves quickly and surely, bringing Jack the Ripper back from the realm of nightmare to the streets of London. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PIG AND SMALL by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"It's a fine message, but it lacks a certain pizzazz. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Can a pig and a bug become friends, or will the matter of size get in their way? Read full book review >

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THE MOUSEHUNTER by Alex Milway
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"The author's unique vision—imagine a composite of Jules Verne, Jorge Luis Borges and Hergé—matched by stronger writing chops make this second title in the energetic series a recommended pick for young readers in search of new worlds to explore. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The pirate Mousebeard is determined to lift the curse that prevents him from setting foot on land. Read full book review >

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GEORGE by Alex Gino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Warm, funny, and inspiring. (Fiction. 9-12)"
George, a fourth-grader who knows she is a girl, despite appearances, begins to tell her secret. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST by Alex Woolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"It's a quick skim with higgledy-piggledy page design, but it's carefully tuned to spark thought and discussion rather than to shock alone. (timeline, websites, fiction and nonfiction bibliographies, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A Holocaust mosaic with a particular focus on children, constructed from period photos and short extracts from diaries or survivors' accounts. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT BLUE YONDER by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2002

"Much of the narrative is repetitious, but young readers will likely find the whole concept, and Harry's adventures, fascinating. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What's it like when you're dead? Read full book review >