Letters: Crime Writers


Dear Editor

Can I thank Sunil Tailor for the very interesting article on fictional barrister sleuths which appeared in the August issue of Counsel (“The Crime Writers” pp 24-26). I’m sure it will have encouraged readers to search Amazon to supplement their holiday reading.

It was disappointing however to find no mention of two excellent novels by Elizabeth Woodcraft  [called to the Bar in 1980 and Deputy Head of Tooks Chambers]: Good bad woman (2009) and Babyface (2003) (published by HarperCollins).

Both feature Frankie Richmond, a family barrister at 17 KBW  who when not appearing at Edmonton County Court listens to Motown, drinks in Islington bars (surrounded by “solid barrister bags, each holding a story of misery, hope and destroyed rainforests”) and reluctantly becomes involved in murder.

All this, except perhaps the murders, will be recognisable for any young member of the family Bar.

His Honour Judge John Mitchell, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court

 

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