A Tale of Two Murders: Guilt, Innocence, and the Execution of Edith Thompson

13 CDs. Dreamscape Audio. Oct. 2018. 15:57 hrs. ISBN 9781974918089. $49.99. CRIME
This is a comprehensive look at the Ilford murder, one of the most sensational crimes in 1920s England. It played out in the newspapers of its day much like a contemporary soap opera and is here brought up-to-date with tremendous good humor by the author and read with great vocal characterizations by Jilly Bond. Clearly, Freddy Bywaters murdered Percy Thompson, husband of Freddy's lover Edith, on the night of October 3, 1922, but what role did Edith play? The prosecution advanced a tenuous conspiracy theory based on interpretations of selected love letters from Edith to Freddy, which were read to the jury. Did Edith entice Freddy to murder Percy, or was she, a successful career woman, the victim of sexism, condemned for her "loose morals" in taking a lover eight years her junior?
VERDICT This audio is highly recommended for adult crime collections. Macabre but a lot of fun.—Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OHDavid Faucheux, Lafayette, LAI'm thrilled to honor David Faucheux as the 2018 Audiobook Reviewer of the Year. David has an incredible enthusiasm for a wide range of genres and topics and never ceases to want to learn more and improve his writing. In addition, as LJ's only visually impaired audiobook reviewer, David's feedback on the user experience of various platforms, formats, and recordings is unique and invaluable.
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