Also by this author: The Harvest Man, The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #1)
Series: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad
Published by Penguin on May 17th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Crime, Mystery & Detective, General, Thrillers
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Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is—though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company—a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem . . .
Review by Rosette
I have just finished Alex Grecian’s new book Lost and Gone Forever, and I have to say that I have mixed feeling about it. When we last left off Walter Day had disappeared with Jack the Ripper. That was just a painful cliff hanger. I needed to know what happened to Walter and what Jack was plotting. Much to my surprise, the beginning of the book was not what I expected (which is not a bad thing). In the beginning of the book we see Walter Day exiting from a room that he was imprisoned in for almost a year. He is not the man that we once knew. This man is unsure, beaten, confused and amnesic. I thought to myself, “No, no, no” this is not my Walter Day. This is not the man that all men look up to, he is not the husband that Claire was wife to. This man barely survives as he tries to make a life out on the street. Befriending homeless children, he becomes a sort of leader to the rag tag bunch who help him roll and sell cigars. This person is a polar opposite of Walter Day. He even finds himself at peace with forgetting his past life, by moving on with thoughts and feelings for another woman. After everything Claire has been through with the man, this frustrated me the most.
But Jack with his evil plans, are moving this grizzly opera along. He has devious plots that will come to fruition and he means to kill all those who have hurt him in the past, and he will do so by using Day. Lots of things going on at one time. New characters are added, and old ones reappear. Mr. Goodpenny still can’t hear and he makes a wonderful comedic character. Dear author, please don’t kill him off later, he’s a favorite of mine.
The novel moves along quickly enough and has a surprise climatic ending. It was one I didn’t see coming. Although I may not agree with what transpired during the course of this novel, I do admire the fact that it was unpredictable. A good sign that it is a worthy book. I could go on and on about this novel, but spoilers of course will prevent me. I’m afraid I’ve said too much already. Wonderful series, wonderful characters, and wonderful villains.
Now if only the author would fix Mr. Hammersmith. As admirable as a person he is in regards to his tunnel-visioned resolve to find Day, the man is rather a dunce of a character; especially when it comes to women.
LOST AND GONE FOREVER by Alex Grecian (on sale 5/17):
Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad series by the “master of historical mysteries” (Crimespree Magazine) Alex Grecian has received overwhelming praise, with Huffington Post calling last year’s installment of THE HARVEST MAN “…a suspense-filled, atmospheric historical thriller…”, and Library Journal’s tip about the new novel: “you’re in for quite a ride.”
In LOST AND GONE FOREVER, Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad returns to their battle with Jack the Ripper, in the gripping new novel by the author of The Yard. Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is–though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company–a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem…
**Also available in trade paperback for giveaway: THE HARVEST MAN, on sale April 5th. For more information, clickHERE.