I’ve been a big fan of Alex Grecian’s since Benn brought home the first book in the Walter Day series, The Yard, last year. It was a really brilliant way to stave off the Ripper Street pangs we were experiencing. For Christmas, Benn bought me the second book- The Black Country– and we were surprised to see a third book published in a relatively short space of time.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous two. It’s slightly different, in that it’s not a whodunnit, but more a race against time. It takes place a few months after events in The Black Country. There’s a break out of serious murderers from the local prison, it looks like Jack the Ripper is back on the loose and Walter’s wife is due to give birth at any moment. Oh, and one of those escaped murderers has a serious grudge.
It took a while to get into and didn’t quite move with the same pace as the previous two book, but it did follow Grecian’s past form when it came to violence and atmospheric description; you do really get a sense of Victorian London. Despite not being into this one as much, I will continue to look forward to the next instalment of the series!