Today I have a short story that introduces Judge Waldon of Bermondsey in “Where there’s Smoke” by Peter Murphy. I received this from No Exit Press in readiness for the upcoming tour for “Judge Walden Back In Session” Blog Tour by Anne Cater.
Meet Judge Charlie Walden in the first case of six from the novel, Walden of Bermondsey
If you like Rumpole of the Bailey, you’ll love Walden of Bermondsey
When Charlie Walden took on the job of Resident Judge of the Bermondsey Crown Court, he was hoping for a quiet life. But he soon finds himself struggling to keep the peace between three feisty fellow judges who have very different views about how to do their job, and about how Charlie should do his.
And as if that’s not enough, there’s the endless battle against the ‘Grey Smoothies’, the humourless grey-suited civil servants who seem determined to drown Charlie in paperwork and strip the court of its last vestiges of civilisation.
No hope of a quiet life then for Charlie, and there are times when his real job – trying the challenging criminal cases that come before him – actually seems like light relief.
When Tony is seen running from a burning church it soon follows that he will become the prime suspect and a trial is moved to Bermondsey Crown Court where Judge Walden presides.
For a short story this is brilliant, not only is the case full of twists but you also get an all access pass to the behind the scenes of the Court. The descriptions of the Grey Smoothies is very tongue in cheek and a real eye opener. Judges discussing problems with thier cases and seeking each others advice was a great way of seeing different views of a case. There is enough jargon to give a real feel for the setting, but not so much that it gets confusing to read.
This is my first experience with this author and I was very entertained. The overall feel of the story is convincing especially with mannerisms, language and procedure and the authors expertise plays a part in this wickedly addictive read.
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