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Simple murder - or did Ruth hang to protect the guilty party?

Advantages: Grim, unvarnished summary of a notorious murder case, the full background and the aftermath
Disadvantages: An extremely uncomfortable read - but sometimes life just isn't comfortable

I found this book quite a shocking read - for two reasons. The first is that some of the events it describes took place within the living memory of many of us. It therefore seems that much more real than, for example, the horrific case of Victorian se ...

JOHNV 18.05.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Ruth Ellis - Monica Weller

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Poorly written - poor research

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Disadvantages: poorly written

...In my opinion this is a poorly researched book that fails to link the writers opinion to clear well documented evidence. The writer starts with the review that Ruth Ellis was innocent and merely attempts to bend the evidence to suit that view. Where the e ...

nigel4444 06.01.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Ruth Ellis - Monica Weller

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One Of The Finest Crime Series Ever Written

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I had never been much of a fan of the crime/thriller genre when it came to novels. Movies yes, novels no, having tried unsuccessfully to get into authors such as P.D. James and Agatha Christie amongst others. It was only because a long train journey prese ...

wampyrii 04.08.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell

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Not too messy at all...

Advantages: good plot, holds your attention
Disadvantages: some characters are too thin

Recently many of the books Ive been reading are ones Ive had for some time in yet another attempt to clear space on my bookcases (so I can then clear a space on my floor), some I read were as terrible as I remembered while others were actually much better ...

scuba_angel 06.01.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell

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Gripping and completely thrilling

Advantages: Superb characters
Disadvantages: Too dark for some maybe

After having read Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Body of Evidence’ and subsequently realising that it was the second book in a series I decided that before continuing with the series it was probably best to read the novel that preceded it. This novel is the one I a ...

MI9to5 08.08.2009 · Read full review
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