My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was quite similar to the TV show Ripper Street (UK), which I also enjoyed.
Set in 1889, a year after the Ripper murders in London, a policeman is found dead inside a trunk on a railway station concourse. Newly appointed from Cornwall, Inspector Day is assigned the case, and working with Dr Kingsley (who has taken it upon himself to be the unpaid police pathologist) he tries to discover who murdered him.
There is also another investigation going on into the murder of men with beards, so are the two connected? And a child has been abducted.
Back in 1889, there was no overlap of cases, so constables dealt with lesser crimes, sergeants with missing people etc, and the newly formed Murder Squad with serious crimes at Scotland Yard, so no-one seems to connect details or even know that they exist between one crime and another.
There are some really good characters in this book, the back story trundles along at a good pace, and overall I am looking forward to the next installment.