The Black Country 

Alex Grecian, read by Toby Leonard Moore. Penguin Audio, unabridged, nine CDs, 10 hrs., $39.95 ISBN 978-1-61176-172-6
The small mining town of Blackhampton is a far cry from the bustling streets of Victorian London, but when three members of a prominent family go missing and a human eyeball is found in a bird’s nest, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith of Scotland Yard’s murder squad are brought in to help the local police in their search for the missing family. When they arrive they find a town drenched in secrets, steeped in old superstitions, and haunted by the past and death. What happened to the family? Whose eye was in the nest? And what is the mysterious illness that is striking down the town’s populace? These are only a few of the many questions that Day and Hammersmith must find answers to during their time in the Black Country. Toby Leonard Moore is in fine form as he expertly brings Grecian’s historical mystery to life. With his even, pleasantly accented voice and calm, methodical pacing, Moore skillfully pulls listener sin and guides them through the twists and turns of this dark and captivating tale. At the same time he convincingly creates a wide range of diverse characterizations. A Putnam hardcover. (May) 
Reviewed on: 06/24/2013
Release date: 05/01/2013
Genre: Audio
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