The Throttlepenny Murder

The Throttlepenny Murder

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Jessie hated old Throttlepenny, her miserly boss. She dreamed about ways of hurting him, but never had the nerve to turn her dreams into reality. When Throttlepenny is found murdered and she finds herself under arrest. Will someone prove her innocence before she is hanged?show more

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  • Paperback | 205 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 152g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
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  • 0192750526
  • 9780192750525

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An overlong Victorian melodrama in which a child is falsely accused of murder. Ezekiel Dobson, popularly known as "Throttlepenny" for his miserly ways, has incurred the open hatred of his 13-year-old assistant, Jessie Smith - so much so that when Dobson is found one night with his head bashed in, and Jessie is seen fleeing the scene with a bloody rock in her hand, police and townsfolk believe they have the culprit. In fact, though, several people witnessed or were involved in the crime - Jessie was just a bystander - and all go their separate ways with various degrees of guilt, remorse, and misapprehension. Meanwhile, Jessie is arrested, gaoled, tried, and sentenced to be hanged; then, inevitably, she's reprieved just when all hope seems lost. Like some Dickensian parodist, Green relentlessly packs his story with irony, satire, dismal foreboding (the signs presaging Dobson's death are drawn out enough to weary the most patient reader) and traditional British character types, from pompous officials to working-class gossips. Hysterical weeping, compulsive washing of hands, and other manifestations of madness are interspersed with heavy-handed images of doom, but the author tries too hard for atmosphere and provides too many clues to leave much suspense. Stick with Aiken's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, or Leon Garfield's books. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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