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  • Cogidubnus
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    I've just come across this thread and thought it worthy of revival...it stimulated me to review the book for Amazon, wherein I've awarded it four stars (it would've easily been a five if David Green's very fine index had been integral).

    It's one of those books you never repent of buying...I've read it three times so far and have it down for a further revisit shortly.

    It's a truly in-depth investigation, not only into the crimes that resulted in Samuel Dougal being hanged, but remarkably into his whole life - it is fascinating seeing where he starts to "cross the line" and how his crimes escalate until he starts on the biggies...and it's very well written too - the first time I read it, I genuinely didn't want to put it down.

    And at the end, the only question remaining is "how did he get away with it for so long?" All the other questions I might've had have been admirably answered by the author.

    I really recommend this work to anybody with an interest, no matter how general, in this field.

    Every good wish

    Dave

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  • babybird67
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    http://doyouwriteunderyourownname.bl...rue-crime.html

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  • HelenaWojtczak
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    I had no idea that Mark had a tendentious prolix.

    He really should see a doctor!

    Helena

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  • EddieX
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    On the above recommendations, I have ordered a copy.

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  • dag
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    Today I started compiling the index to Moat Farm Mystery. I'm only on page 37 and already Dougal has (possibly) murdered two wives!

    I agree with previous commentators: the book is well-researched, and Mark writes with great narrative flair and dry humour.



    Originally posted by The Grave Maurice View Post
    Indeed, Mark's prose is impeccable and it leads us through a well-researched and well-told story. Like Jenni, I intend to buy several copies to give as Christmas presents.

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  • The Grave Maurice
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    Indeed, Mark's prose is impeccable and it leads us through a well-researched and well-told story. Like Jenni, I intend to buy several copies to give as Christmas presents.

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  • babybird67
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    Mark

    that reviewer doesn't know what they are talking about.

    Your style is measured, articulate, perfectly poised and professional. Your research is erudite and thorough and the book is a pure joy to read. I haven't finished it yet, and I almost don't want to, because I don't want the pleasure of reading it to end.

    Your book is superb. End of.

    Anyone that says any different is not worth listening to.

    Jen x

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  • Jenni Shelden
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    Hi Mark,
    I love your writing style and I want to steal it an use it for myself, muaaaah.

    I think this book is great. I knew nothing about the case now I know everything.

    And I am thinking it would be a neat Xmas present for certain family members too
    Jenni

    ps what can i say my family like murders

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  • Stephen Thomas
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    Originally posted by m_w_r View Post

    From amazon.com:

    I found the author's style prolix, awkward and a little tendentious. A good editor would have helped this to being a worthy title of the genre.


    Well this person won't be winning the Critic of the Year Award anytime soon.

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  • m_w_r
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    Hi,

    From amazon.com:

    I found the author's style prolix, awkward and a little tendentious. A good editor would have helped this to being a worthy title of the genre.

    Regards,

    Mark

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  • John Bennett
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    I have just finished the book and can't recommend it enough. Mark paints a compelling portrait of the arch rogue Dougal and his naughty ways, combined with meticulous research, all wrapped up in a writing style that is assured, lyrical and compulsive reading. It's practically poetic in places.


    This is the first book in ages that I have read cover-to-cover - it's a fascinating story told brilliantly.

    I'm looking forward to whatever 'Mr. Oldridge' comes up with next.

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  • Stephen Thomas
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    Originally posted by RavenDarkendale View Post
    The book sounds great
    And, believe it or not, it is. I'm only half way through it and haven't yet got to the 'good bits' but I can say that it's a seriously impressive piece of writing and research.

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  • RavenDarkendale
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    Hey, don't be shy about self-promotion! How else would we know you've come out with another winner? The book sounds great, I'll have to see if I can get a copy somewhere. Right now I'm so far over my book budget that it may take a few months. But it certainly sounds like my type of book.

    BTW, people on my yahoo pulp group self promote all the time. Their signature line is a list of what they have written and what they have coming out soon. we don't complain.

    Good luck

    Raven

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  • miss marple
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    The' mystery' is how Dougal managed to pull all those young women. He did not rape them all, if any. He seemed to have had a magnetism about him, like Chapman, that attracted women, and had probably disposed of previous wives before Miss Holland.
    Cant wait to read the book. I have his confession in a book somewhere.


    Miss Marple

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  • Beowulf
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    Originally posted by m_w_r View Post
    Hi,

    A bit of self-promotion, I'm afraid.

    Out now:

    [ATTACH]14541[/ATTACH]

    Available in all the usual places, and via the publisher (click here for link).

    Regards,

    Mark
    Whoa, the art is perfect.

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