He's just seven years old. He's your son. You wave goodbye to him one morning as he disappears into the swirling fog. And then he is gone. Forever.
This gripping historical crime fiction novel, based on fact, is set in Bradford, England, 1888. It explores the horrific murder of Johnny Gill; a murder and mutilation so gruesome, it stuns a nation. Even hardened detectives are affected by its savagery, swiftly comparing it to the work of Jack the Ripper.
Who Killed Little Johnny Gill? is Kathryn McMaster's debut novel. It is a noir pause-resister that immediately immerses you in a maelstrom of emotions, keeping you in suspense as Chief Detective Constable Withers and his dedicated team of British detectives try and gather sufficient evidence to bring a conviction against their suspect.
In 1888, police procedures and knowledge of Forensic Science are rudimentary and juries are exposed to persuasive newspaper reports and public opinion. Will justice prevail, or will the guilty walk free?
This is one crime fiction novel you won't be able to put down until the last word!
©2016 Kathryn McMaster (P)2016 Kathryn McMaster
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
A true story of the tragic murder of young Johnny Gill in Bradford, England . . . a killing so gruesome that some thought it to be the work of Jack the Ripper . . . the tale is well told, with explicit detail, sad and sick as it was . . . and all through the book, I had a niggling feeling . . . which in the end is the same conclusion that the author came to in the afterward . . . don't miss that . . . to me that's one of the best parts . . .
So much more than a dry reciting of historical facts, this true story grabs the listener and just won't let go. It is intelligent, chock full of historical truisms drawn from paper sources of 1888/89. Do not turn off the audio at what seems to be the end of the drama. Be sure to listen to the author in his afterward. This audio won my full vote of 5- all.
Chapter 5 (in audible list) needs to be redone. It sounds like a snap of the fingers, then a clearing of the throat, a pause, and then continuation. MANY times. Something like that is no big deal, once or twice, but not like this book. It got so bad, I finally just skipped to the next chapter. Yes, it was bad enough to write a paragraph about.
On to the story. I think for the age of it that the author did a very good job of researching. She did a good job telling the facts in a story that I could visualize. Good job on that.
The odd part was it seemed to have lots of detail in some places, yet skim over others. In the evidence gathering section for example, it seemed breezed over for the canvas, pants, knife. Maybe there just weren't more details, in fact I'm sure there weren't, based on the trial facts. but I wish that part had been expanded more. It was very well done on painting the picture of the people's feelings, and that had to be imagined too.
Anyway, nice job telling of a horrible, horrible crime, without trying to shock the reader in gruesome details. I very much liked that, appreciated it. It was told with enough detail I understood, but didn't dwell like most true crime stories do for the shock factor. That poor, poor family. Can't even imagine what that beautiful little boy went through.
A terrific thriller built around a true crime (and not for the faint-hearted!). The great writing and language style makes it a pleasure to listen, and takes you along to a time and place (Victorian England) and keeps you hooked.
Worst narration I've listened to, parts of it not even edited! Talks really fast in some chapters very hard to listen to.
"Poor Johnny Gill, badly treated in book form too."
Not on your Nellie. You're given three options in this book: 1. Either you believe that the author was in attendance for every scene described. 2.She drifted off into the realms of fantasy in her description of every scene. Or, 3. There are very descriptive eyewitness accounts including the (deepest) thoughts of every single person concerned with this sorry tale of a young lad's horrific murder. Even a Channel 5 staff writer couldn't manage this amount of 'detail'.
Everything. This could have made a good book but at best it was just (less than) adequate.
Not particularly although he was a slightly better narrator than McMaster was a writer.
Yes. I'm inspired to check in future before wasting a credit on a pre-order.
Had this been a novel, McMaster would have owned the characters and therefore would also have known their every thought. She did the characters a dis-service, especially poor little Johnny Gill.
The story is very interesting but that narration was at best dull. Chapter 4 was very poor quality I could hea coughing And the recording being stopped and stated many time s as he made mistakes.
A better narrator it is a very good story done extremely well.
Good story terrible narrator
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