Last but not least on this very busy day here at TWG HQ, is something rather different! ‘The Postcard Murder’ is a historical, true crime novel written by judge, Paul Worsley QC, and I am delighted to be reviewing it today as part of the blog tour! Many thanks to the team at Midas for the blog tour invite and review copy.
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.
What does TWG think?
If you’re after something rather gritty to sink your teeth into this winter, look no further as ‘The Postcard Murder’ is the one for you!
I cannot believe that I never used to be a fan of true crime, or crime novels in general – I would have hated to have missed out on this! That does sound a bit macabre given the nature of the book, but I have everything crossed that you all know what I mean!
‘The Postcard Murder’ is the first book in the series where Paul Worsley, an ex-judge at the Old Bailey, gets into the mindset of the judge at the time of the crime, enabling readers to step back in time to when the crime was committed, thus giving us the experience of being ‘there’ and feeling the suspense.
The crime itself was shocking, without a doubt, yet the era the crime was committed in was equally as shocking because it highlighted just how differently women are perceived now, and just how different the justice system is. The fact that the crime was done ‘neatly’ so to speak, certainly made my mind work overtime and I was very thankful, in a weird way, that we, as readers, got to really get into the psyche of the times and the mindset of the judge, thanks to Paul Worsley.
I have never been part of a jury before, yet with ‘A Postcard Murder’, you end up taking on the role of a 13th juror without possibly even realising it. Trust me when I say this; you will form your own opinions about the crime, and there is a high chance that you will do what I did and end up shouting blue murder (pardon the pun) about the situation. I was able to really sink my teeth into this book, although due to the historical nature of the era the crime was set, I couldn’t help but be extremely frustrated for the victim and the line of work women in the Edwardian times, found themselves in and the domino effect it had on just how strongly accusations stuck because of that.
I am so excited to read more from Paul Worsley, and I look forward to sinking my teeth into the next book in the series too. I thoroughly enjoyed this unique, gritty, intense and incredibly shocking read, and I really do recommend it!
‘The Postcard Murder’ will be published on the 14th November, but can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.