2014 Books of the year: Best Historical Mystery

December: time for the Books of the Year posts.  I will finish 140 books by the end of the year with more non-fiction than ever before.

Best Historical Mystery. The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian. Because I read so many historical mysteries, it is hard for any one title to stand out from the crowd and, in fact, the last two years have seen few books do so … until now. Grecian’s third entry in his Scotland Yard Murder Squad series is simply outstanding. Detective Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Hammersmith are awakened during an the early morning in April 1890 to recapture some escaped convicts from one of London’s prisons, but they wind up with much more than they can handle. Making the plot deliciously complicated and twisted are a vigilante group set on their own brand of justice and the infamous Jack the Ripper. Grecian manages to present both the mindsets of the villains and their blue-jacketed pursuers, insert some humor into a dark story, continue to develop some of the secondary characters and present an open-ended finish which will leave readers anxious for the next installment of this excellent series.

For all my previous “books of the year” lists, see my dedicated page for these titles.


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