It’s been nearly a month since my last WWW post so I’m pleased I found some time at the weekend to prep a post and am looking forward to catching up with what everyone has been reading lately 🙂
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The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
Books that are developed from a snippet of a story, like something you read in an old newspaper, truly fascinate me. I would love to have the resources and time to dig around in archives and discover stories like this but wouldn’t know where to start. I went to a Waterstone’s event with Kate Summerscale in May which was just as interesting as her book.
Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord’s. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents’ valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building.
When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the ‘penny dreadful’ novels that Robert loved to read.
In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality – it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man’s capacity to overcome the past.
I recently finished
The Racketeer by John Grisham
There was a time (pre-book blogging) when I’d read the new Grisham as soon as it was released, unfortunately not a case anymore. Going through a particularly busy period and a reading and blogging lull I wanted a book that I knew wouldn’t let me down….enter Grisham’s 2012 release!! Loved it, wasn’t disappointed and read in a couple of days.
Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.
On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . . .
I’ve also read
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
An interesting read that is best read when you have plenty of time to savour the language and social etiquette. Review here.
The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel’s household is above suspicion.
What’s up next?
In all honesty, who knows. I don’t really want to make a selection just yet and will see what I fancy when I’ve finished The Wicked Boy.
Outstanding requested ARC’s
Have you read any of this week’s choices?
Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…