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5.0 out of 5 stars Much More than Midsomer Murders....
A wonderfully researched account of a notorious 1920s' murder. Quentin Falk cleverly displays the devious and unpredictable nature of an intelligent yet deranged and often cowardly assassin who thought he could bluff his way out. The history and detail of the case is only part of the story, which is cleverly positioned to give the reader real insight into life at the time...
Published on 23 Sept. 2012 by Guy Rigby

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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but wanted to learn more
I've been reading a lot of true crime recently, and of several books I've bought from Amazon, this has been a slightly disappointing one. I'm trying to decide why. Its subject is a distinctly eccentric character - a convicted poisoner of 1920-1, with a troubled history, family background and mental condition, obsessed by a curious musical notation system he'd invented...
Published on 1 April 2013 by Timster


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much More than Midsomer Murders...., 23 Sept. 2012
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A wonderfully researched account of a notorious 1920s' murder. Quentin Falk cleverly displays the devious and unpredictable nature of an intelligent yet deranged and often cowardly assassin who thought he could bluff his way out. The history and detail of the case is only part of the story, which is cleverly positioned to give the reader real insight into life at the time and the workings of the British legal system, plus much, much more. Add in the subsequent suicides of both the Judge and the Hangman and this makes a very compelling read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read for fans of the classic English murder!, 21 Sept. 2012
A gripping tale of murder and lust, this true life story is hard to put down once started. The "musical milkman" of the title, George Bailey, is a strange and compelling fellow, and the author does a brilliant job of drawing us into the murderer's world as he outlines Bailey's strange obsessions, weird alternative musical notation theories, and constant attempts to make the facts of the case fit within his own delusional viewpoint. Very thorough research and a natural gift for storytelling combine to make this an outstanding book. And if that wasn't enough, there are fascinating codas that inform us of what happened to the judge and the hangman, and a wonderful epilogue that has a modern barrister give us his take on the case from a 2012 perspective. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star read, 20 Sept. 2012
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An excellent read on a deeply disturbing subject, Quentin Falk is a british institution when it comes to delivery.
His in-depth subject matter of this hideous crime made the book impossible to put down. His portrayal of Bailey took me to a past world where punishment really fitted the crime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but wanted to learn more, 1 April 2013
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I've been reading a lot of true crime recently, and of several books I've bought from Amazon, this has been a slightly disappointing one. I'm trying to decide why. Its subject is a distinctly eccentric character - a convicted poisoner of 1920-1, with a troubled history, family background and mental condition, obsessed by a curious musical notation system he'd invented (most unusual), and by sex (far more familiar!) with women he recruited in the classified ads, supposedly to promote his notation method. That ought to be very interesting indeed, and what the author is able to tell us about the man and his strange crime, in a picturesque Buckinghamshire village, is intriguing. Mr Falk has certainly done his homework and presented all he can turn up about this most strange happening and the people involved. Maybe because of a limited amount of archival information available for a fully developed study, this reader was left wanting more information and insight into a little-known 1920s rural crime, and its protagonists. I felt the author struggled to convey the interest he clearly feels in a past event that took place in a house his family later owned. The book is well worth reading, especially by true crime enthusiasts, and a promising subject is efficiently presented... But one senses that there simply isn't enough recorded information about George Arthur Bailey, the Musical Milkman, his wife/victim Kate and - above all - his clearly bizarre inner life and motives, for the hard-working author to fill out for the reader in complete detail a story that clearly resonates for someone who grew up in the house where it all happened years before. Interesting. I wish I could have learned more about this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is your milkman a poisoner?, 1 Sept. 2012
This is the gruesome true story of the sort of milkman that no-one wants to have - one who dabbles in poison! Happily [for the public at least], the milkman in question chose to poison his wife rather than his customers, and fear not, for he is no longer about. He committed the crime in 1920, and he was executed for it. Quentin Falk skillfully tells the gripping tale of a man who wanted to get rid of his pregnant wife, and did so in a merciless fashion. The historical details of the crime, and the trial that followed it, are fascinating. This is a well researched and well written book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the true story of a killer, 28 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: The Musical Milkman Murder - In the idyllic country village used to film Midsomer Murders, it was the real-life murder story that shocked 1920 Britain (Kindle Edition)
this happen quite a number of years ago but has been very well researched. it is about a cold blooded murderer who murders his wife in order to marry a younger model. One ends up wondering if he really is mad or just very clever or very stupid. he is certainly very strange and I kept on trying to work out what sort of psychological disorder he had. I eventually decided he was just bad and evil. it is worth reading if you are into this sort of thing as it is very unusual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not gripping, 6 Jun. 2013
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Inoffensive read about a unusual murder, however I felt I had to wade through a lot of padding to get to the core of the subject. The best part of the read was one of two appendices - a view of the case from a modern lawyer. The other appendix was an appreciation of the Musical Milkman's system of musical notation, which baffled me completely - not least because I couldn't make the connection between the merits of the system & the motivation for murder - padding! I would rather have liked to know what reason the Milkman gave to his posse of young girls as to why they had to stay over simply to learn a system of musical notation.

This story would have been better served by a couple of decent paragraphs in Wiki.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A true story of murder, 9 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: The Musical Milkman Murder - In the idyllic country village used to film Midsomer Murders, it was the real-life murder story that shocked 1920 Britain (Kindle Edition)
This book is written by a chap with an oblique connection to the murder. I didn't find it a rivetting read. Falk tells the story from information gleaned from newspaper articles, court reports and written evidence submitted to the court at the time. He tends to stray off the main tale at times which seemed to me to be just 'padding' . I did like the fact that he asked a modern barrister to give his judgement of the evidence, verdict and judge's summing up. The trial is famous as the first which included women in the jury.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn but a bit too long, 19 Nov. 2013
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Story line ok but the book is a bit padded out with unnecessary information that takes the readers attention away from heart of the matter
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4.0 out of 5 stars The musical milkman murder, 19 Feb. 2013
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It started a bit muddled but once into it, was very cleverly written. Loved it lots..
Not the usual murder-mystery.
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