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Murder in Grub Street di Bruce Alexander
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Murder in Grub Street (edizione 1996)

di Bruce Alexander

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The crime appeared as easily solved as it was wicked. A Grub Street printer, his family, and two apprentices brutally murdered in their sleep. A locked building. And at the scene, a raving mad poet brandishing a bloody axe. Surely the culprit had been found, and justice would be swift and severe. But to Sir John Fielding, justice was more than finding a culprit-it was finding the truth. Aided by thirteen-year-old Jeremy Proctor, Fielding decided to investigate further. And the truth behind the Grub Street massacre was more evil-and more deadly-than the dastardly crime itself.… (altro)
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Titolo:Murder in Grub Street
Autori:Bruce Alexander
Info:New York: Berkley
Collezioni:Fiction
Voto:***1/2
Etichette:historical mystery, religious sect, dissociative identity disorder, 2021CC

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2020 reread:
This second book in the Sir John Fielding series has more thrills than the first book but it is still a mystery (rather than a thriller or suspense story). Even having read this before, I enjoyed watching events unfold and the historical fiction is excellent. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 23, 2020 |
The second book in the Sir John Fielding Mystery series, [Murder In Grub Street] by [Bruce Alexander], concerns the massacre of an entire family along with two apprentices that work in their print shop. The suspect, a poet who appears to be mad, is caught at one of the bedsides, axe in hand. Aided by his ward, 13 year old Jeremy Proctor, Sir John begins his own investigation and although he is blind, begins to see beyond the obvious.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Alexander does a fine job recreating 1768 London as well as characters based on actual people. This has quickly become one of my favorite series. ( )
  clue | Nov 13, 2017 |
Another good book in the Sir John Fielding series. This one centers around a religious cult and the murder of an entire household. I love how the author shows just a bit of Jeremy's self-importance. Enough so you can see it as a bit of ego but not enough to make the character unlikeable. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
As always, Bruce Alexander skillfully weaves historical research into the story and maintains young Jeremy's Proctor voice (and period prose) without allowing the narrative to become too heavy.

Jeremy, of course, is the thirteen-year-old ward of the court who assists the blind magistrate of Bow Street Court and narrates Sir John Fielding's adventures.

The second installment of the Sir John Fielding mystery series offers a glimpse both into the tumultuous printing industry of the 1760s as well as how Bedlam, the insane asylum, was run. There is also an underlying historical expose of how mentally ill prisoners were treated that is skillfully woven into the story as well.

Some of the characters from the pilot book make good reappearances (the Bow Street Runners) and a few more have been added. Jeremy experiences some growth, but still remains naive enough to teach the reader a few things as a matter of course.

The plot twists were well done, but I would have liked more of the view into the courts and the still-evolving legal system of the time that was present in the first novel. Still, another successful installment and I look forward to reading the next one.

For more of my reviews on mystery character series, please visit my blog at http://bodyonthefloor.blogspot.com/ ( )
  Shutzie27 | Feb 1, 2014 |
Another wonderful read from Mr. Alexander! He has the ability to bring life to names that you would usually find in a dusty tome in the library...Sir John Fielding, Dr. Samuel Johnson...putting them in situations that you could never imagine yourself, but in some way are not outrageous. I love a good mystery...this is definitely one of them. ( )
  Riyale | Mar 13, 2011 |
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The crime appeared as easily solved as it was wicked. A Grub Street printer, his family, and two apprentices brutally murdered in their sleep. A locked building. And at the scene, a raving mad poet brandishing a bloody axe. Surely the culprit had been found, and justice would be swift and severe. But to Sir John Fielding, justice was more than finding a culprit-it was finding the truth. Aided by thirteen-year-old Jeremy Proctor, Fielding decided to investigate further. And the truth behind the Grub Street massacre was more evil-and more deadly-than the dastardly crime itself.

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