Hi Book Dragons!
This will probably be the last post of this month as I’ll be taking a brief hiatus from blogging and social media until my exams end. Send me some luck! I badly need it 😭
I am so happy to be a part of the ‘The Postcard Murder’ Blog Tour. Thanks to Midas PR for my spot in the tour.
Keep reading to know what I thought of the book!
Book Title: The Postcard Murder
Author: Paul Worsley QC
Total Number of Pages: 280
Publication Date: 14th November 2019
It may be of some satisfaction to you, Gentlemen of the Jury, to know that you have been engaged in one of the most remarkable trials that is to be found in the annals of the Criminal Courts of England. Mr Justice Grantham, Judge at the Old Bailey
This is a vintage whodunit set in Edwardian London at a crossroads in time, as social revolution and psychiatry posed new questions for the Law and for the first time the Media were co-opted to run a killer to ground.
The year is 1907: 22-year-old Emily Dimmock lies murdered in her Camden Town flat, her head all but severed from her body. With not a thread or stain or fingerprint to point to the perpetrator, a young artist is manoeuvred into the shadow of the scaffold.
The tale is told verbatim by witnesses presided over by the author, who draws on his own experience as a Judge at the Old Bailey to get inside the mind of the outspoken but irresolute Mr Justice Grantham. The result is as compelling today as it is definitive of the era in which the murder was committed.
The book is illustrated with two maps and 27 photographs, 10 of which are in full colour.
It’s been a while that I read a murder mystery or a thriller. I love a good classic whodunit. Postcard Murder by Paul Worsley QC is a crime thriller and it’s actually narrated from a judge’s perspective. This was a new point of view from which I was reading a crime fiction. I have read books from a killer’s perspective and at other times from a victim’s perspective but never from a Judge’s perspective.
The Postcard Murder is set in the year 1907 and particularly takes place in London. The book follows the murder of Emily Dimmock, a 22-year old woman. There’s no evidence left at her Camden Town flat. No fingerprints nor any evidence that would tie someone to the scene of crime. The blurb of the book pretty much informs us about the plot, so, there’s nothing really to add to that without giving away the mystery of the novel.
Paul Worsley draws from his own experiences as a Judge to voice Justice Mr. Grantham and the other witnesses. Mind you Postcard Murder is a true crime novel. The events narrated in this novel truly conspired at some point of time.
What I loved most about the novel is the narrative voice. The first person narrator not only forms the opinions on this case but also gives an insight into the whole judicial system. The murder mystery plot is definitely a complicated one and since it’s narrated by witnesses and the Judge himself, it’s not easy to guess what might have happened. There are different voices, numerous possibilities and several different claims of the people. It completely depends upon the reader on what they choose to believe as the truth.
At first, I thought that the narrative voice would be really prejudiced but that was not the case. The narrator was neutral in his decisions throughout the novel and didn’t necessarily prefer one side of the case to the other. The writing style is brilliant. It’s descriptive but not the kind where it would be boring.
All in all, I loved the book.
The Postcard Murder is a very detailed and insightful look at a true crime event. Moreover, once the “killer” is caught, it becomes difficult for the judge and jury to decide whether that person is guilty or not. And the whole courtroom drama was really interesting to me.
I would definitely recommend this book to all the mystery, crime and thriller lovers out there!
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