Review of “The Black Country” by Alex Grecian
Alex Grecian’s second novel, “The Black Country,” continues the adventures of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad in Victorian London. They are called to the country to investigate a murder that takes them to dark places.
Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad returns, in the stunning new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national bestseller The Yard.
The British Midlands. It’s called the “Black Country” for a reason. Bad things happen there.
When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village—and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird’s nest—the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard’s new Murder Squad. Fresh off the grisly 1889 murders of The Yard, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they’re about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it.
Not even the arrival of forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley seems to help. In fact, the more the three of them investigate, the more they realize they may never be allowed to leave. . . .
“The Black Country” is an excellent novel that is so smooth and compelling that the reader has a very difficult time pulling away. Pages fly by as the intricate plot pulls you in.
Day and Hammersmith find themselves in a surreal mining town where everything seems out of place and no one is trustworthy. As they try to unravel the mystery, the city is hit by sickness and shadowy enemies. The two detectives are pushed to their limits as they struggle to solve the murder and survive in a world upside down.
Alex Grecian is an exciting writer and I look forward to a vibrant career for him. His first novel, “The Yard” was spectacular and I was thrilled to see his new book and devoured it in a matter of days. If you enjoy Victorian mysteries, Grecian’s novels should be required reading!