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on 14 March 2012
What you get are the 'memoirs' of several cases, by one of Glasgow's detectives. These are not "whodunnits" or mysteries ...they are more like procedurals, with any tension in the "how" of the crimes, their detection, the pursuit of those responsible and/or the building of prosecutions. Ms Wilson has added details from other sources, including some that the policeman omits, as an appendix. As edited, he comes across as a worldly Victorian gent, with a dry wit mitigating his pomposity, telling stories about some of his adventures in Darkest Glasgow, suitably selected and presented for polite company... I'd like to ply him with whisky and cigars, once the ladies have left the table, and hear more from him about his work and those he dealt with, or failing that, read the original `Personal Adventures of a Detective' (1894).

In short, this is an excellent digital version of a work you'd be hard-pressed to track down as a printed book, even if you knew it existed. It's properly formatted for Kindle, and well worth reading, both for pleasure and as a historical piece. I rate it especially highly because it represents what ebooks can do best; it's interesting, entertaining and much more easily and cheaply bought and read than any printed version could be.
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on 16 July 2013
A truly fascinating book. Mr.Carmichael had a great flair for writing(and a way with a Latin tag!)
I see there is a second volume of his memoirs available,I shall probably get that when I.'ve finished this review.
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on 26 December 2012
I enjoyed this book, particularly the format in which it was written and the fact that it was a 'factual' account. Worth a read, especially if you're Glaswegian.
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on 23 February 2013
A very good read, and a great insight into old Glasgow police work, and how the criminal was bought to ok
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on 12 February 2016
As a retired policeman there are very few books that keep me enthralled, but to read the accounts of this detective from all that time ago - it hasn't changed that much to officers who go out and get in about them.
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on 25 April 2016
A really good wee read. Seems to be very evocative of the time. Highly recommended.
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on 10 February 2015
good book
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on 26 October 2011
Dull, is a one word review however are required for a review, all thats needed is three. Not worth reading.
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