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London, 1884. Sidney Grice is restless, having filed his latest case under S, for 'still to be solved', to await further inspiration. His ward, March Middleton, remains determined to uncover the truth.

Geraldine Hockaday was outraged on the murky streets of Limehouse. Yet her attacker is still on the loose. But then a chance encounter brings a new victim to light, and it seems clear March and Grice are on the trail of a serial offender.

©2017 M. R. C. Kasasian (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Sherlock Holmes/Jack the Ripper

Let me start by say this is the fifth book in the series and seems to bring the story to a conclusion AND also touches on the subject of rape and graphically describes acts of murder so anyone who is effected by theses subjects may want to avoid reading/listening this book.

This again has been a compelling and suspenseful listen and the narrator has been excellent as always.

BUT this is not the ending I want for March and George. I have loved there storyline from book one and I know I'm am not the only reader that is unhappy with how the author has ended this book and I would say out of all the books in the series this one is the worse and I'm sad and disappointed.

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So much better than much of the genre

It's hard not to like all of the characters, but I love the mix of Sidney Grice, so much is dislikable by modern standards yet is true to his character, somehow therefore endearing & hilarious. March Middleton provides the perfect foil (& often relief!) to him. Molly is perfectly priceless, I'm considering buying the actual books just to see her language in print. The plots are complex, not the easiest to guess at, can take the right kinds of twists but also don't shy away from tragedy & poignancy. Looking forward to more & can most definitely recommend a listen. One of the best things, as with all Audible books, is the narrator - brilliant & sets the tone & each character wonderfully

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  • 02-08-17

A trifle predictable.

I really love this series. I have enjoyed them all, including this one.

The characters are original, flawed but sympathetically wrought and I really like the quirky detail that Kasasian always adds to the narrative. I think this writer is quite special. He completely manages to make the experience of the reader incredibly satisfying without plauging those of us with a weary mind with deep philosophical questions. I think this path requires a great deal of skill and cleverness. Kasasian's clever but he conveys it subtly, unlike his main protagonist, the unintentionally hilarious Sidney Grice. His gin-soaked side-kick, the narrative voice, is also adorable.

The reader, Emma Gregory, does a fine job as she has throughout the series. So, why not five stars? As soon as the prodigal inspector returns offering a happy ending you know where it's going... I don't like to KNOW an ending, I want to suspect.

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End of the line

This was a poor ending to a series of books which had been both amusing and gruesome in parts. The violence was gratuitous and excessive. It was as if the author had had enough of the series and decided to "jump" all over the characters. Rubbish.

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too much

I have enjoyed every moment of the series up until this book. I listened to it all, but there was too much gore, violence, and brutality in this book with some disturbing themes. completely love the earlier books in the series though.

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Poor March

I have eaten up this series obsessively but this book was not enjoyable and is even sadder because it seems to be the last. It is the darkest of the series and has the fewest moments of comedy or brightness. The main character has not learned and continued not to learn from her mistakes. Why go through everything in this multibook saga to end on such a low note? The mystery of the title is good and has a satisfying conclusion but everything else smothered it in unnecessary death and angst. I was left depressed and disappointed. I should have stopped at the end of book 3.

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A little too violent for the sake of it.

Characterisation wise, the author was spot on, but for me this time, the violent descriptions were there for shock value rather than story narrative and it appeared that the author was just adding it for the sake of it. Many authors have written horror without the need to embellish with lurid and blood soaked descriptions to every single action listed. I might have been able to forgive that story device had the author allowed a normal life for his characters to carry on with, instead of going down the line of shock sadness and grief again. Otherwise what was the point of adding it to the story in the first place? You can only up the ante so many times before it becomes a soap opera and parody of all that has been done before. I despair at the amount of formulaic stories that include solitary detectives and their side kicks with destraught lives, and this series is headed in exactly the same direction.

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Enjoyed meeting Mr Grice

As good series of good Victoria era detective stories and humour sometimes dark but generally light hearted . This was the least good of the series I thought but still rather enjoyable. I have a long audible reading list but I hope one day to reacquaint myself with Sidney and March. Superbly narrated as usual.

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Not The Ending I Wanted

I have loved this series, and in the knowledge that this is the last, hated the ending.
It felt like there was no closure. I would have loved it to wrap up better with the what happened to Sydney Grice & co after the documented investigations.

Hated that March didn't get her happily ever after, and seriously not happy with George Pounds ending.

Felt like the ending was all very rushed. A shame as all books in the series have been great.

As usual Emma Gregory was fantastic!!

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Brilliant

I am enjoying this series so much, the characters are superb, forcing me to have many a chuckle. Mr Grice is softening just a little, but is still his haughty and acerbic self. Meanwhile March is developing some of his traits - they are a good match for each other and their skills in the detecting department are second to none.

I think there will be a long wait before book 6 :-(

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  • 25-07-17

Follows the thread of the series, but...

A little too explicit with the blood and gore (I literally gagged during one scene) and depressing as hell. The plot was engrossing and not easily surmised; however the excessive descriptions of violent death and maimings detracted from the story. I can give credit that my visceral response means it's written with great talent. That being said, I probably will not continue with this series...

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