Bloody Good Books

For Britain, most of the 19th century was marked by peace, growth, and, above all, opulence. We layfolk might be familiar with that time in British history as the Victorian Era. But there are two sides to every story.

American author Alex Grecian has taken it upon himself to tell the dark side of the Victorian Era's story. Grecian has churned out three acclaimed novels based on Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, a group of 12 detectives tasked with traversing the underbelly of late 19th century London, investigating one grisly murder after another. While fictitious, the stories provide a meticulously accurate historical setting and piggyback a very palpable sense of dread that Jack the Ripper had cast over London at the time, giving the novels a bone-chilling air of believability.

Grecian will be on hand at Scottsdale's The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, to sign copies of his latest Murder Squad novel, The Devil's Workshop, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29. Visit or call 480-947-2974 for details.

Thu., May 29, 7 p.m., 2014


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