Book recommendations: ‘Famous Trials’ e-books edited by Alex McBride

I’m a huge fan of Alex McBride’s excellent Defending the Guilty and when I heard that he had edited a series of e-books from Penguin I looked forward to seeing them. They certainly don’t disappoint. The series is published by Penguin entitled ‘Famous Trials’ and come in three volumes: Unwanted-Spouses, Escapes and Thrill Killers. Each of them tells the story of two particular trials in which the human drama and tragedy reads very much like a book of high quality crime fiction. The series itself first appeared in 1941 and some of the trials were subsequently selected and introduced for a single volume by John Mortimer himself no less. In these new volumes Alex McBride has also added excellent introductions to all three books and it does leave the question hanging as to whether perhaps he is about to start a new series covering more recent trials? I’d highly recommend these books which are really well written, gripping and also snappy enough to finish in a long commute. The books will be available from 29th November priced at £1.99 each.

October 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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