This review is written with thanks to Katherine Sunderland at Oldcastle Books for my copy of Walden Of Bermondsey.
Charlie Walden is Resident Judge at Bermondsey Crown Court. He is becoming increasingly frustrated with the bureaucratic practices that surround the criminal justice system. This first case in the series is the case of a young man charged with arson. At first, the verdict appears simple, but there is more to the case than meets the eye. Will the jury find the young man guilty?
I found Walden Of Bermondsey quite unusual, in that it looks at the criminal justice system from the perspective of the judge. The police officers and forensic scientists we see in many crime novels are included, but they play a minor part; for example, by giving evidence in court or arresting those suspected of crime. I found this approach very interesting and informative: Murphy has clearly researched the judicial process and used his research to create an engaging character in Charlie.
Charlie is not the only character in Walden Of Bermondsey who I found interesting. He works with some colourful colleagues, whose interactions with both Charlie and each other provides the novel with humour. I found that the political views expressed by each character made the novel very relevant to the modern reader.
The case which forms the plot of Walden Of Bermondsey was full of twists and turns. I wanted to know what the verdict would be and this kept me hooked to the very end!
I am looking forward to future instalments of this series featuring Charlie Walden, and I am eager to see how his character develops as it continues.
Walden Of Bermondsey is available from Amazon.