Conan 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 Goodreads
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…
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:
Monet, Itinerant of Light, by Salva Rubio (and EFA) – graphic nonfiction
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!
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 = the last of this short series by Fred Vargas, almost done Whose Body?
= finally time to discover this author!
HAVE YOU READ OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ ANY OF THESE? WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR JUNE?