Book Review: Misjudged Murderesses by Stephen Jakobi

Genre: Non fiction

Publisher: Pen and Sword

Publication date: 31 August 2019

Sephen Jakobi examines 8 cases of women sentenced to death in the Victorian era.

I absolutely loved the idea of this book. Thought it would delve in to forensics and new evidence to determine who was guilty and who wasn’t. Instead I read articles reprinted and more articles, witness statements then the opinion of the author on whether he thought they were guilty or not. I persisted but this just didn’t hold my attention. The first couple of chapters were very difficult to read as they didn’t flow very well and kept jumping from the different sources.

I thought once the book got in to the specific cases it would improve and it did slightly but the majority of the information was sources recited rather than opinions or references. A little let down by this after such high hopes.

This copy was provided by NetGalley but my opinion is my own.

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