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A sensational opening to the book finds a seemingly mad poet with a blood stained axe in his hands at the scene of a triple murder in Grub Street It appears to be an open and shut case but Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate of the Bow Street Court, has his doubts.Aiding by his young assistant, Jeremy who relates the tale , he sets out to find out the truth of the matter He calls on one of the literary giants of the day, Dr Samuel Johnson, who adds his wisdom to the investigation Then, o A sensational opening to the book finds a seemingly mad poet with a blood stained axe in his hands at the scene of a triple murder in Grub Street It appears to be an open and shut case but Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate of the Bow Street Court, has his doubts.Aiding by his young assistant, Jeremy who relates the tale , he sets out to find out the truth of the matter He calls on one of the literary giants of the day, Dr Samuel Johnson, who adds his wisdom to the investigation Then, once a strange religious sect, the Brethren of the Spirit, appear running amok in Covent Garden Sir John s attention is brought to bear on them.In an exciting, lively tale, which admirably captures the feel and turbulent times of the period, Sir John and his allies finally unmask the true perpetrators of the crime and dispense suitable justice.Meanwhile Sir John finds romance, marries and with his lady wife he sets up a charity, The Magdalene House for Penitent Prostitutes This is all that I want in a historical mystery Great sense of place and time, characters you care about, and a good solid tale.London, 1768 Another enjoyable book in this series The characters are engaging, the historical setting feels authentic, and the writing is clear and readable Yes, it s true that the baddies are fairly obvious almost from the start of the book, but that doesn t necessarily detract from the book anythan it does a classic Columbo show, where you know perfectly well whodunit, you re just waiting for Columbo to lead the killer along with his bumbling detective routine until he can prove it.There s no b Another enjoyable book in this series The characters are engaging, the historical setting feels authentic, and the writing is clear and readable Yes, it s true that the baddies are fairly obvious almost from the start of the book, but that doesn t necessarily detract from the book anythan it does a classic Columbo show, where you know perfectly well whodunit, you re just waiting for Columbo to lead the killer along with his bumbling detective routine until he can prove it.There s no bumbling about Fielding, though he s as sharp as they come But in a small way, he s a bit of the inscrutable Holmes to our point of view character, young Jeremy, who s a bit naive but who learns and gains experience through his work for Fielding It makes for an enjoyable experience to watch the smart and earnest young boy take steps into maturity.There are some minor characters that are quite interesting, and I hope there ll beof Jeremy s new friend, the reformed pickpocket in future books I look forward to reading the next in this series A better mystery than the first book in the series, Blind Justice While I wouldn t want a steady diet of this series, reading it in order interspersed with other reading is fun. ( DOWNLOAD PDF ) ♾ Murder in Grub Street ♀ 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 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 evil and deadly than the dastardly crime itself While I was not as caught up in this tale as I was in the original, I found it to be an unusual and interesting tale, filled with noteworthy characters The blind magistrate who is the brains behind solving crimes is amusing and fascinating The young narrator is endearing and thorough in his depiction of events and the multitude of characters This was a nice distraction and touched upon some timely topics, including the bastardization of the Biblical word For that alone, it is worth a read. In this sequel to Bruce Alexander s first book Blind Justice, our narrator, 13 year old Jeremy Proctor joins Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate and co founder of London s first police force, to investigate The Murder in Grub Street I loved Blind Justice I only recently discovered the book and author on a recommendation of a friend The characterization was marvelous I quickly became involved in the characters lives and wanted to know what was going to happen next Set in the mid 1 In this sequel to Bruce Alexander s first book Blind Justice, our narrator, 13 year old Jeremy Proctor joins Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate and co founder of London s first police force, to investigate The Murder in Grub Street I loved Blind Justice I only recently discovered the book and author on a recommendation of a friend The characterization was marvelous I quickly became involved in the characters lives and wanted to know what was going to happen next Set in the mid 18th Century, Bruce Alexander captures the essence of the era, but never the less, he does not shield us from its hardships, suffering, and slums Rather, he blends actual history with his fictional mystery to capture the local color of London of the era.In The Murder in Grub Street with the help of Samuel Johnson yes, the dictionary one , Sir John has arranged a good printing apprenticeship for Jeremy But the night before the apprenticeship is to begin, Ezekiel Crabb, and his family and two apprentices were brutally murdered When the police arrived, John Clayton was found ranting incoherently in a blood soaked nightshirt and with a bloody ax in his hand Obviously, he is arrested for the crime More murders and a torched synagogue lead to a band of religious zealots who have come from the American colonies to convert London s Jews.Although this one is not quite as good as the first one still the story is well told and the plot is cleverly woven The characterization is developed carefully, and the characters are complex What makes it especially intriguing are the historical descriptions of the people and customs of that time make this one of the best historical mystery series around Additionally, historical figures are often cast as key characters as the afore mentioned Sam Johnson Imagine my surprise when I discovered that our Blind Beak, Sir John Fielding, really lived from 1721 1780 and he was a Bow Street Magistrate This is a marvelous series, and I am on my way to read the third in the Fielding series, Watery Grave The second of Bruce Alexander s series featuring the blind magistrate Sir John Fielding and his Bow Street Runners, Murder in Grub Street begins with a bloodbath in a publisher s house and office on Grub Street One night, publisher and printer Ezekiel Crabbe, along with his wife and children and his apprentices, is murdered brutally, hacked to bits with an axe The alleged murderer, a rural poet named John Clayton who had been taken for a ride by Crabbe who reaped large profits from Clayton s f The second of Bruce Alexander s series featuring the blind magistrate Sir John Fielding and his Bow Street Runners, Murder in Grub Street begins with a bloodbath in a publisher s house and office on Grub Street One night, publisher and printer Ezekiel Crabbe, along with his wife and children and his apprentices, is murdered brutally, hacked to bits with an axe The alleged murderer, a rural poet named John Clayton who had been taken for a ride by Crabbe who reaped large profits from Clayton s first book, with Clayton getting only a pittance for it is found on the premises, with an axe in his hand It is only a matter of time before Sir John Fielding realizes that Clayton is almost certainly not the murderer, or at least not the only one, for how could so many people have been killed almost simultaneously by just one man When Fielding and his young assistant, thirteen year old Jeremy Proctor, set about investigating, they run into other happenings around London, including an assault on a synagogue and the sudden death of a rag woman While Murder on Grub Street begins promisingly enough, it loses steam midway through The motive, and therefore the culprit, becomes obvious fairly early on in the book, so there s little mystery left the last few chapters are reallya question of figuring out how Fielding will nab the perpetrator Other aspects of this story, too, are a little contrived the wedding mentioned at the end, for instance, seems a little too forced Jeremy Proctor however is a likeable character, as is his boss, John Fielding even if none too impressive here The London of the late eighteenth century is very vividly depicted, and is one of the main highlights of the book Not a bad story, but by no means as addictive as Blind Justice, the first book in the John Fielding series The good news discovering a writer whose work you love who has written a whole series The bad news learning that he is dead At least there are 9books I can read in this series I m going to read them slowly.Each one builds on the one before it, as far as I can tell, but in such a way that I think you could start anywhere They adopt the same device as the Sherlock Holmes novels with different cases being narrated by Jeremy Proctor, a young boy who is the adopted assistant of Sir John F The good news discovering a writer whose work you love who has written a whole series The bad news learning that he is dead At least there are 9books I can read in this series I m going to read them slowly.Each one builds on the one before it, as far as I can tell, but in such a way that I think you could start anywhere They adopt the same device as the Sherlock Holmes novels with different cases being narrated by Jeremy Proctor, a young boy who is the adopted assistant of Sir John Fielding, a blind magistrate, and the head of the first professional police force in London, the Bow Street Runners This means the reader learns gradually about the way the legal and police forces work in London in 1754 I also love the use of the retrospective voice Jeremy has spent many years working with Fielding and often reflects on what he learned, sometime directly addressing the reader.The plots are complex and revolve around little known historical issues at least little known to me This one introduces a fanatic sect dedicated to the conversion of the Jews in the belief that once all the Jews are converted, the Second Coming of Christ will occur The Grub Street of the title is the part of London where the publishers, printers and booksellers lived so I also learned something about this industry and the apprenticeship system Jeremey Proctor, by thankful circumstance, is once again to be left in the care of Sir John Fielding in the second novel of this series Six murders have occurred on Grub Street, the street full of printers and books, and it s up to Sir John to solve it with a bit of help from Jeremy as always.The beginning of the book somehow didn t seem to flow with the middle of the book at first We start off questioning a suspect, then the story almost drags a bit as the murders are, at least to me, pushe Jeremey Proctor, by thankful circumstance, is once again to be left in the care of Sir John Fielding in the second novel of this series Six murders have occurred on Grub Street, the street full of printers and books, and it s up to Sir John to solve it with a bit of help from Jeremy as always.The beginning of the book somehow didn t seem to flow with the middle of the book at first We start off questioning a suspect, then the story almost drags a bit as the murders are, at least to me, pushed back a peg I found myselfinterested in other events in the story than who really committed the crime for a tiny bit in the middle But the story picked right back up once the proper connections were made and I wanted to hit myself for not seeing it sooner.As this is the second book I ve read by Alexander, I may be early in saying that I don t think the mysteries are too difficult to figure out They re even a bit obvious But what s important is the characters, who are easily memorable, and the story itself, which is always a fun journey Would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes mystery and a bit of history involved as well This series now has a place on my shelf for the rest of my life hopefully