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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but wanted to learn more, 1 April 2013
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This review is from: The Musical Milkman Murder (Paperback)
I've been reading a lot of true crime recently, and of several books I've bought from Amazon, this has been a slightly disappointing one. I'm trying to decide why. Its subject is a distinctly eccentric character - a convicted poisoner of 1920-1, with a troubled history, family background and mental condition, obsessed by a curious musical notation system he'd invented (most unusual), and by sex (far more familiar!) with women he recruited in the classified ads, supposedly to promote his notation method. That ought to be very interesting indeed, and what the author is able to tell us about the man and his strange crime, in a picturesque Buckinghamshire village, is intriguing. Mr Falk has certainly done his homework and presented all he can turn up about this most strange happening and the people involved. Maybe because of a limited amount of archival information available for a fully developed study, this reader was left wanting more information and insight into a little-known 1920s rural crime, and its protagonists. I felt the author struggled to convey the interest he clearly feels in a past event that took place in a house his family later owned. The book is well worth reading, especially by true crime enthusiasts, and a promising subject is efficiently presented... But one senses that there simply isn't enough recorded information about George Arthur Bailey, the Musical Milkman, his wife/victim Kate and - above all - his clearly bizarre inner life and motives, for the hard-working author to fill out for the reader in complete detail a story that clearly resonates for someone who grew up in the house where it all happened years before. Interesting. I wish I could have learned more about this.
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