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The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A Tru&hellip by Carol Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 19 Sep 2014
Well researched and well written, with a detailed source list and index. I would have liked to have given this full marks but found a number of glitches, mostly where the author strays off the main track into areas she is not too knowledgeable about. The authors claims that many in the crowd watching the execution would be later hanged but has no evidence for this odd claim, and her comments about capital punishment are simplistic and opinionated. She thinks suicide was not a crime; I fear it was, until 1961. There is a little padding here and there (if space needed filling then a few comparisons with other trials of poisoners, eg Palmer, Smethurst et al, might have been useful) - was a… Read more
True Crime: The Infamous Villains of Modern Histor&hellip by Martin Fido
It is a brave man who attempts to cover about two centuries of serious crime in one volume. The scope of such a book means that most authors will not be able to use original sources to write the accounts offered but must depend on books about crime, of which there are many. This book covers the well known serial killers and other notorious criminals, but some which will be less well known.

The problem with this book is that in attempting to cover so much, there are, perhaps inevitably, quite a few mistakes which experts on particular crimes will be aware of. Old myths are repeated, such as the 'fact' that Margery Gardner was a masochist - new research reveals not. Nor was the… Read more
Justified - Season 3 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Timothy Olyphant
Justified - Season 3 [DVD] DVD ~ Timothy Olyphant
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 18 Sep 2014
After a good first and second series, this one was a let down. First, Raylan seems no longer to be the central character he once was and the villains of various hues are given more screen time, but they're not really developed as characters as were Maggs and family in the previous series. Ava wholeheartedly embraces criminality after having been cagey about it previously and there no real attempt to show her 'conversion' as it were. Finally the amount of gory violence is at a far higher level. Gave up after episode four, but what had happens so far did not make me want to spend time watching more of this.