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I am only halfway through this book. It is a wonderful book full of lifestyles on the early 19th century - quite a history lesson at the same time as being a fascinating account of a brutal murder.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is about a true story of a parson murdered in 1806 and the investigation into that murder. But it's so much more than that - it gives a really good insight into village life at that time and the tight bonds between villagers and the power employers had over their employees. The explanations of how investigations worked before police forces were established were really interesting. There was just the right amount of detail to give an authentic feel for the times but it never spoilt the telling of the main story, which was also fascinating.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
The cover shows it all - historical crime, black deeds and thick red blood. It was recommended to me as an interesting portrait of rural life at the start of the nineteenth century, and it does indeed give a picture of a little-known world, the countryside just beginning to be affected by the changes of the revolutions, industrial and French (both are mentioned). The book is already on the melodramatic side, and this is intensified - in my opinion too much - by the eccentric reading. Hardly ever is the tone neutral, even for the most objective or mundane facts. Everything is menacing, given bizarre emphasis, playing to the full the possibilities of the book. If you can ignore the overemphasis, it's quite enjoyable and informative, and yes, there is plenty of plot!
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