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- File Size: 1553 KB
- Print Length: 293 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: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,301 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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Criticism - on reflection, I think there was some repetition of the facts, though that may have been needed to make a coherent whole. Did'nt spoil the book for me, though.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More long-winded than entirely necessary but an intriguing insight into Victorian crime and police-work. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Valerie Brogan
I had never heard of this case before reading this book and was completely enthralled by it. A fascinating whodunit and so well written that it makes you wish someone could tell... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mrs A L taylor
Never come across this case before but found it fascinating. Only disappointment was the end - would have preferred more evidence for authors theory. Very easy read.Published 23 months ago by samapajo
As a fan of true crime mystery this was right up my street! The only drawback was a bit too much courtroom dialogue. Read morePublished on 3 July 2014 by juelow
boy this author knows how to spin a good tale - I could not put this down! Each time you think you know which way the jury will go, you find yourself swinging the other way. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2014 by KateChanning
Well written and interesting to read about other issues in Victorian times as well as around Georgie Moore. Read morePublished on 17 May 2014 by dollydrops