Damn His Blood: Being a True and Detailed History of the Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder at Oddingley and the Quick and Awful Retribution Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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"Written in the vein of Kate Summerscale's The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, Moore's story is in many ways more compelling" (Herald)
"Squire Haggard meets Midsomer Murders" (Waterstones.com)
"A nail-biter" (Daily Mail)
"A terrific read. First class research, beautifully written, a true thriller about an extraordinary story" (Edwina Currie)
"The clever thing is how deftly Peter Moore tells his story. At the time, the murders were a sensation so there are plenty of historical documents, but he has arranged the details in a way that shows a very canny eye for story-telling" (Nicholas Lezard Guardian)
Pining for the next thing after Kate Summerscale's Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Mrs Robinsons Disgrace? Look no further. Mr Whicher's Victorian inheritor: this is pacy true crime at its very best - a gripping read with a twist in the tale on a story that has never been told before. This is Squire Haggard meets Midsomer Murders.See all Product Description
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The backdrop of revolutionary war in Europe and the terror of imminent invasion by Napoleon's armies, the horror of famine that greeted each crop failure - they all add to the drama. It's a great look at life in rural England just before the Victorians brought a bit of order to the place - and judging by the difficulties faced by poor Reverend Parker thank God they did! This is a thumping good read and full of great historical detail. Hugely enjoyable.
Peter Moore has done superb research into this case and writes profusely of the many interesting, surprising and sometimes alarming facts surrounding this crime, illustrating clearly the class distinctive perceptions and the dreadful 'Tithe laws' still in place in the early 1800's. Not having the forensic knowledge that we use to its advantage today, this was a truly difficult and unproven case, although a confession towards the end of the book tends to suffice due to a lack of evidence. Peter Moore attempts to unravel the many small inconsistencies in this court case, mainly in an objective manner, but the reader must make his or her own mind up.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to all who are interested in the Georgian period, its law system, village lives and characters, and the regarded lowly place of women at this time. If you loved 'The Maul And The Pear Tree', 'The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher' or 'The Italian Boy', you'll be sure to thoroughly enjoy this book also.
The facts that the author has unearthed through research are incredibly detailed. Inevitably some conjecture is necessary but he provides cogent reasons. I rate this book more highly than the much lauded "Suspicions of Mr Witcher", the more so as the events occurred more than half a century earlier. It would make an excellent TV adaptation.
Perhaps the most poignant part is contained in the Epilogue. Some hundred years after the murder a memorial stone was erected at the spot in the glebe where the foul deed was committed. In 1940 it was moved a few yards as it was a hazard to tractors. There it stood until the M5 was constructed through the parish when it disappeared, probably for ever. So today thousands of vehicles a day pass through the place where the parson fell. Such is progress!
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Thoroughly enjoyed every page, well written and impressively researchedPublished 15 days ago by John Davies
A well researched historical page turner. Really enjoyed it.Published 22 days ago by MS VALERIE N STANFIELD
Be prepared to read this as history rather than crime and you will enjoy both. one thing puzzled me though, " and the quick and awful retribution" of the title. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alan Robert Alexander
Just finished reading this - great historical who dun it with fascinating detail that bring back to life event over 200 years ago.Published 14 months ago by Jaz
I have to confess, I love the recent spate of historical true-crime titles like this and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, for example. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Ball