Book review: Conan Doyle for the Defense

Conan Doyle for the DefenseConan Doyle for the Defense:
The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer

by  Margalit Fox
Random House
6/26/2018

Genre: Nonfiction/True crime/History/Biography
352 pages
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This brilliant nonfiction reads like a thriller, both because of its topic and because of the writer’s skill at structuring her story.

Conan Doyle for the Defense is about what was supposedly  “one of the most notorious murders of its age”, a bit like a “Scottish Dreyfus affair”.

A case all too common: a rich old woman was robbed and killed in Glasgow, and for various reasons explained in the book, the police targeted Oscar Slater, a German Jewish gambler, even though they soon had evidence he could not have done it.
“An innocent man was pursued, tried, convicted, and nearly hanged”, a “supreme example of official incompetence and obstinacy”, of “judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.” A “disgraceful frame-up, in which stupidity and dishonesty played an equal part.” Nothing new under the sun…

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Nonfiction November: My Year 2018 in Nonfiction

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#NonficNov

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As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.
Here is the topic for week 1:

YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION

Hosted by Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the links will send you to my review when it’s posted) or will finish for sure before the end of the year.
A pathetic 9 compare to 22 last year!! And I’m not sure I will read more nonfiction this year, besides these titles.

Why so few this year?
The reason being mostly that I really wanted to focus on reading books taking up dust on my shelves, and most were novels. And also the fact that I have read less this year, so the percentage fiction/nonfiction may end up pretty close to that of 2018, my end of the year statistics will tell.
Here are the titles:

Biographies:

  1. Monet, Itinerant of Light, by Salva Rubio (and EFA) – graphic nonfiction
  2. Conan Doyle for the Defense, by Margalit Fox
  3. Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

About trips:

  1. Journal de mon voyage d’Amérique, by Louis-Philippe
  2. The Ship, the Saint, and the Sailor: The Long Search for the Legendary Kad’yak, by Bradley G Stevens

About politics:

  1. Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MacLean- audiobook
  2. Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward

About music:

  1. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thad Carhart

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Day, by Andrew Louth

 

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Conan Doyle for the Defense

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Democracy in Chains

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to
more this year?

Current issues, which is totally new to me

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?

Get acquainted with more nonfiction readers and good titles unknown to me

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?

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The top 6 books to read in June

Here are

The top 6 books

I plan to read in June!

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

          Elder Sebastian  Conan Doyle for the Defense

Elder Sebastian of Optina
= I really enjoy the Fathers of Optina,
and a friend lent me this volume of the series
Conan Doyle for The Defense
= fabulous nonfiction on how Conan Doyle
used Sherlock Holmes’ gift
to investigate a famous case in real life!

READING NEXT

Romanov Empress   Le voyage d'Octavio

The Romanov Empress
= I should finally be able to read it this month,
always looking forward to a new novel by CW Gortner
Le voyage d’Octavio
= French novel on my TBR

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

      Sans feu ni lieu  Whose Body

Sans feu ni lieu
= the last of this short series by Fred Vargas, almost done
Whose Body?
= finally time to discover this author!

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR JUNE?

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