I adore this series. It’s my favourite non crime thriller series and I look forward to every instalment.
Call the Next Case is hilarious and I loved everything about it.
Here’s the blurb …
No Exit Press (25 July 2019)
The third Judge Walden novel.
“If you like Rumpole of the Bailey, you’ll love Walden of Bermondsey.” – Charlie Walden.
The irrepressible Resident Judge (RJ) of Bermondsey Crown Court is back with a new selection of cases. As ever, there is little rest for the RJ as he does his best to deal with the churchgoing carer who steals from the old lady under her care, the cleaverwielding chefs with different ideas about how to make a Caesar salad, the man with a penchant for ‘marrying’ multiple women and the astrological guru accused of fraud. Not to mention the shock-horror when colleagues get into trouble: Judge Hubert Drake for writing an angry letter to the press, and Judge Marjorie Jenkins for storing suspected pornography on her judicial computer. Oh, and the ongoing wars against the Grey Smoothies, who try to frustrate Charlie at every turn with their bureaucracy and their endless quest for value for money for the taxpayer.
My thoughts …
When I was younger, I wanted to be a lawyer.
I used to watch Kavanagh QC and desperately wanted to work in the courts. It was a short lived dream but I have always adored courtroom dramas. As a bookworm, John Grisham is a favourite author, but this series by Peter Murphy is by far my favourite courtroom book series.
Judge Charlie Walden is brilliant.
As the blurb tells us, Walden and his fellow judges have a lot going on in Call the Next Case, not least the Grey Smoothies insisting on a paper-free courtroom which leads to some hilarious moments during the cases the judges are presiding over.
The thing I love most about this series is the detail. Murphy takes the reader through the case piece by piece, explaining everything we need to know to understand what’s happening, and why. It’s brilliant to be able to live my courtroom dream vicariously through him. It’s like The Good Wife meets Ally McBeal meets Rumpole meets Kavanagh QC and I flipping love it!
I adore how the cases and characters are brought to life, how the cases are explained and detailed, how real it all is.
Murphy is a wonderful writer and his experience in the courts is so obvious and it makes for such a more enjoyable read.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater and the team at No Exit Press for my review copy. I recommend everyone grabs a copy now!
About the author …
Peter Murphy was born in 1946. After graduating from Cambridge University he spent a career in the law, as an advocate and teacher, both in England and the United States. His legal work included a number of years in The Hague as defence counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal. He lives with his wife, Chris, in Cambridgeshire.