Gary M

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (11 of 16)
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Murder in Italy by Candace Dempsey
Murder in Italy by Candace Dempsey
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book I have read on this tragic event having avidly followed the press accounts of the unfolding story. From these I think my opinion was that Knox was 'as guilty as hell'. From the very start of this book it is clear that this is not the view of the author who for me lays out a fairly plausible defense of Knox.

Even if you don't go along with Dempsey's thesis this is a gripping read (better than any fiction) which is difficult to put down. I would recommend it as a good read but, in my view, it is clearly intended to please an American audience.
Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Me&hellip by John Follain
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading, 6 July 2012
The story of the Meredith Kercher tragedy really does prove that truth is stranger than fiction. Follain's book is a real page turner and seems to present the evidence and events with some measure of balance. As the choice of material to include in such a book has to be guided by some value judgements I would have welcomed some comments and summations from the author, especially at the end. It would have been illuminating to know where he stands after considering so much evidence over such a long period. Still at least we are left to have our own views based on what seemed a fairly even-handed exposition. For me this was a welcome contrast with Candace Dempsey's "Murder in Italy" which… Read more
Ring the Bell in the Gaols of Brecon: "Canwch Y Gl&hellip by Peter J. R. Goodall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Although this book holds a little interesting information, overall it is a disappointing read. Its apparent lack of structure means that the particulars of human tragedy are presented as discrete episodes lacking in a theme or thread. There is little in the way of socio-cultural context so the crime and punishment episodes seem somewhat sensational or titillating. The tragic individuals (both perpetrator and victim) are rather two-dimensional. The language is repetitive as is the content at times when it seems that a further source is being drawn upon so the details are retold as if for the first time!

For a much more satisfying read try Kelly Grovier's The Gaol: The Story of… Read more

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