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A Sensational Account Indeed,
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This review is from: Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder (Hardcover)
Mr Briggs' Hat is the kind of book that you simply pick up and read to the end, beautifully written with questions at the end of each chapter that you read on to answer.
What is peculiar is that there is not really a twist in the story: the illustrations indicate that. But that is not relevant.
It is much more about motivation than a whodunnit, much more about what it was like in the early days of the railway, what the state of criminal justice was, how we reacted to strangers and foreigners. The times are brought to life.
The trial is described at length with sufficient doubts cast about the guilt of the prisoner. Then we have the horror of public execution no doubt to encourage the others but a barbaric spectacle opposed by the enlightened of the time but seen as a form of entertainment. We have moved on in many ways and those who bewail modern times and manners should take note.
Mr Whicher is another fine book: if you enjoyed that you will like this. If not read both.