- Format: Kindle Edition
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- Print Length: 495 pages
- Publisher: Colin Evans; 2 edition (7 May 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CPAEVBM
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- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Killing of Georgie Moore: A True-Life Victorian Mystery Kindle Edition
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In brief, Georgie Moore is a shy seven year old girl living in Pimlico, London. After lunch one December afternoon she sets out for school but doesn't make it; her family never see her alive again - some weeks later her body is discovered in the Kent river. Georgie's father is a rake of impressive proportions, and despite being married makes a habit of pursing numerous relationships with other women. One of these women, Esther Pay, hails from Kent, only a few metres from the river where Georgie's body is discovered. Esther Pay is duly arrested, and the police attempt to build the case against her.
The story ticks along nicely for the first half, with timely inserts of direct quotations and the right amount of scene setting.
Unfortunately, the major flaw - in the kindle version at least - is the number of errors, both grammatical and spelling related. These are fairly rare during the first third of the book, but by half way they appear on almost every page. It makes reading frustrating as it interrupts the flow, particularly when you have to go back over a sentence that didn't seem to make any sense, only to realise you were right the first time and it is indeed nonsensical.
At points the story becomes rather tedious, however this is not a criticism of the author, as he is reporting the events as they occurred, and the lengthy preliminary hearings and the confusion of witness testimonies is beyond his control.
Whilst it was interesting and not badly priced, I won't be recommending it.
This book suffers from the modern non-fiction curse of fabricated observations on almost every page, in almost every scene (or at least I can vouch for that up to the point where I left off!). It's becoming depressingly common and is done presumably in order to make it a more interesting read. But for many decades non-fiction has managed perfectly well on the well-written presentation of a factual story, so no one is going to persuade me that true stories can't be interesting without being tarted up with second rate fictional touches.
Why write that the detective scraped away the clay "with trembling fingers", when firstly it's pure invention, and secondly it probably isn't true of an experienced police officer? Was the landlord of the pub really "rubbing his hands with glee" after the a dead child's corpse was taken to his pub, just because it meant it might attract more customers? I doubt it, and the book is full of needless little invented touches like this.
If that sort of "wannabe novelist" style doesn't bother you then you'll probably enjoy the book, because it's clearly well researched. But if you're a purist like me and value your blood pressure, stay well clear!
Where I feel the author lets himself down is in ascribing the motive for Georgie's abduction to the main suspect's desire for a child of her own. The problem is that he doesn't present any evidence that she *had* this manic desire for a child. The reasoning seems to be along the lines of "She is a woman, therefore she must want a child" - which is simply an assumption of his part.
For me this lazy sterotyping left a rather bad taste in the mouth, which was unfortunate because up to this point I thought the crime had been soundly explained by the available evidence.
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Was the scarf found in the river anything to do with the case or not
Did GM have a boa what happened to that