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5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WRITTEN
A VERY GOOD THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK, JUST WHAT WAS ETHEL LE NEVES ROLE IN THIS VERY HUMAN DRAMA. ARE THE NEW THEORIES OF CRIPPENS INNOCENCE CORRECT?.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some cribs about "Crippen".
I must say that I was quite disappointed with this "new" take on the Crippen murder.
Perhaps I was mistaken in thinking that this book would shed new evidence on the crime or even allege a miscarriage of justice.
As it is however, it is a journaleezy, by numbers, account of the Pooteresque life of Crippen with lots of "he must have"s and "he probably"s. Right...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some cribs about "Crippen"., 5 May 2010
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I must say that I was quite disappointed with this "new" take on the Crippen murder.
Perhaps I was mistaken in thinking that this book would shed new evidence on the crime or even allege a miscarriage of justice.
As it is however, it is a journaleezy, by numbers, account of the Pooteresque life of Crippen with lots of "he must have"s and "he probably"s. Right down to a rather sleazy voyeuristic speculation that Crippen's lover dressed as a man during the escape must have been a sexual turn-on for Doc Crip. Calling all "Sun" readers!!
The social background of this disappeared world is reasonably enlightening but the murder itself, the actual mechanics of what occurred are missing. His wife was there one night and then resurfaced under the floorboards.
Disappointing if you, like me, savour a salacious account of the murder itself. And if you tut tut me then you're a liar!
Anyway, expect nothing new. Just an atmospheric hedunnit with some interesting post-murder information that is rather unique in these kind of books, i.e. what happened the cast of characters afterwards.
Or perhaps the crime itself just wasn't that interesting.
Something about the name "Crippen" I reckon has given this murder longevity. It just sounds evil!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE FACTS ABOUT AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY MURDER, 6 Feb 2014
I enjoyed this book. At first I thought it might be rather slow with the unravelling of Crippen,his wife and Ethel's lives, but it moved on from that fairly quickly, and at the end put forward some interesting insights into the reasons for the murder, whether he actually did murder his wife, Belle, and the knowledge or otherwise of Ethel Le Neve,and her knowledge of the murder. I felt the book did give the reader scope to weigh up the evidence, and to imagine how the case would be dealt with to-day. It did also tell the reader what happened to Ethel Le Neve as she survived for another fifty odd years, and to a certain extent made a new life for herself, but you get the feeling that she never forgot Dr Crippen,though if you had been tried for murder I suppose you never would forget the man who had implicated you in his wife's murder.
I suppose the difficulty with a book like this you know the facts and the outcome, so any new or information from a different angle is interesting, so I felt David James Smith did supply new information which makes this book worth reading if you are only an amateur sleuth detective, and are only aware of the headlines and the potted history. The real historical fact is the fact that Dr Crippen was caught by Marconigram revolutionary in 1910.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WRITTEN, 28 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Supper with the Crippens (Kindle Edition)
A VERY GOOD THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK, JUST WHAT WAS ETHEL LE NEVES ROLE IN THIS VERY HUMAN DRAMA. ARE THE NEW THEORIES OF CRIPPENS INNOCENCE CORRECT?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insight to the past, 31 May 2009
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very detailed description of one of the most infamous murders of our time.Excellent reading couldn't put it down,
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5.0 out of 5 stars crippens are cool, 18 July 2009
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enjoyed this book vastly, just up my street, and the old photos were amazing, must have more of this fantastic story. Trisha Tudor
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