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Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding Mysteries)
by Bruce Alexander | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, November 14, 2010
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by tobysrus): to be read


3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, February 19, 2011

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I found this book last weekend at The Book Warehouse outlet store, while checking out the "3 for the price of 2" table. I always enjoy trying different kinds of mysteries, and have heard of this author before. (although not read anything by him).

From the cover -
"Having often been asked to commit to print these memories of my association with the late Sir John Fielding, the celebrated magistrate of the Bow Street Court, I now set pen to paper for the first time..."
In 1768, thirteen-year-old Jeremy Proctor arrives in London, a city bustling with gamblers, prositutes, and thieves. Certainly no place for an orphan, and trouble wastes no time in finding him. Arrested on a trumped-up charge of theft, Jeremy's only salvation is the compassion and wisdom of Sir John Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners, renowned for his skills as a detective, and who, most impressively accomplished it all without a sense of sight.
When a baffling "locked room" murder rocks London, Fielding is called upon to investigate - but not before he engages the services of an unlikely but uncanny new partner in Jeremy, a lad instrumental in helping to illuminate the dark feats of detection. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, January 28, 2012

8 out of 10

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery, with its surprise ending. I enjoyed Jeremy as the narrator of the tale, and thought the characters rang true to the times. I thought the scenes at Bow Street were fascinating, and look forward to finding more of these mysteries to enjoy.

This book is promised in the wishlist tag game, so will soon be off to a new home. Many thanks to Eponine38, who had this on her wishlist and so "forced me" to read it sooner, rather than later :) 


Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing at USPS, RABCK to fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Released 3 yrs ago (1/30/2012 UTC) at USPS, RABCK to fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Mailed off to Eponine38 on Monday, for the wishlist tag game. Hope she enjoys it as much as I did! 


Journal Entry 4 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, February 05, 2012

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Thanks so much for this wishlist book sent through the tag game! I'm anxious to start reading it, especially after seeing your review!

[Glad I played a part in getting it read quickly :-)!] 


Journal Entry 5 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, May 30, 2015

10 out of 10

Blind Justice

Oh, I do like historical mysteries, as they are a great way to learn about the lives and times of people who actually existed. And this one is outstanding. I could not put it down, and the clever ending (reminiscent of Agatha Christie) did not disappoint!

Blind magistrate of the Bow Street Court, Sir John Fielding, is called to investigate a locked-room murder in an elegant home. He has recently taken on an orphaned thirteen year old lodger, Jeremy, who has just arrived in London. He serves as Sir John’s eyes and more as they untangle this baffling and complicated case. As narrator, Jeremy provides a unique perspective on the action, especially since he is recounting it years later and now understands some things that he could not at the time.

I had never heard of Sir John Fielding (history not my strong suit!) and found him to be an interesting and admirable character. As a magistrate, he is fair, and as a landlord and mentor he is kind, though occasionally inscrutable. In spite of the sad personal issue of his dying wife, he remains steady in his work. His blindness has sharpened his other senses – he recognizes voices with amazing accuracy, and can intuit a person’s demeanor and feelings without benefit of sight.

The other characters, both fictional and real, are well developed, including the servants of the “murder house”. And the less-than-complimentary portrayal of James Boswell was intriguing and prompted me to read more about him via a google search. It’s wonderful when even a work of fiction prompts further research!

I loved the descriptions of 18th-century London, especially the Covent Garden area where much of the action is situated, and the narrow streets and mews.

I only wish that maryzee could know how much I enjoyed this series debut - one of the best books I’ve read in some time. Highly recommended!




 


Journal Entry 6 by wingeponine38wing at Panera Bread, 299 Harvard St. in Brookline, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Released 3 mos ago (5/30/2015 UTC) at Panera Bread, 299 Harvard St. in Brookline, Massachusetts USA

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For the special Saturday BookCrossing meetup.

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Journal Entry 7 by wingtobysruswing at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Picked this up today at the Boston Bookcrossing Saturday meet-up. Looks interesting! 




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