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Booksellers never know what they might find in an estate sale. When our man finds the tools of one of England’s last hangmen, along with the diary of a condemned man he executed – a diary that points the finger in a disturbing direction – he knows he has a mystery to solve. Was there a miscarriage of British justice? Did the wrong man die at the noose?

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Hookline Books (5 April 2016)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Unusual, intelligent and intriguing

 on 10 June 2018
By P. Smith
I loved this book. The author roped me in (pardon the pun) right from the very beginning and kept me intrigued to the last page. As well as the historical detail of events in WW2, (I don’t want to give anything away) there is the insight into the preparation undertaken by the hangman and the necessary skills involved. I have never thought very much about the execution process and was undecided as to whether or not the death sentence should be reinstated, but this book certainly provides the reader with food for thought. The chapters are unnumbered, but are mainly headed with the names of the people with whom they deal and the year. At first there are several threads that seem unconnected, but they all tie themselves up together quite rapidly leaving the reader with an ending that might not suit everyone.. As someone who was alive during the ’50s and, even though very young, I can very vaguely remember the late ’40s with the rationing and the much simpler life that was led then, I therefore found the descriptions of life in those days very atmospheric. A huge amount of research must have been undertaken in the writing of this intelligent book. In all, this it was a very satisfying read and I look forward to finding more from this author.

Interesting and thought provoking

 on 18 July 2017
By Closet Romantic
I really enjoyed this book. The story was interesting and included quite a bit from my favourite genre, war fiction. I wasn’t expecting that. The plot worked for me, the ending was good (it didn’t feel like a rushed job as some reviewers thought). And there are a few things to look into now I’ve finished it. I shall look for the WW2 poetry, thank you for the reference. I Googled the date of the last hanging in Britain whilst I was reading the book, and was surprised that I was 13 then. I can’t remember it making much impact at the time – perhaps that is what ‘they’ wanted. Thank you Mr Spurrier for an interesting and thought provoking read. I hope you are going to write another one soon.

Enigmatic reading

 on 29 June 2018
By Pravda
I have just finished reading A Coin For The Hangman and already I am feeling quite bereft; no more Reg, no more Henry. It is quite some time since I read a book as good as this – one that I really wanted to devòur in a single sittinģ, yet managed to discipline myself into rationing, to eke it out, to savour it all the more. I won’t go into any detail so as not to reveal any of the plot line, but urge you to judge for yourselves. This is an excellent book, the first by this author, of I hope, many more to come. Thank you for a wonderful read.

A hugely satisfying read

 on 3 August 2016
By Yvonne Barlow
An unusual story that takes you to places you have never been – the hangman’s home, the condemned prisoner’s cell and the execution chamber. In balance, we also follow our protagonist through a tender childhood. The story is drawn together by the bookseller who follows the clues to bring it all together. This is a novel with the depth to make you wonder and the detail that makes you want to know even more.

but I’m so glad I read it

 on 12 April 2016
By Lorna
Wow, what a marvellous read! It isn’t the sort of subject I would normally choose, but I’m so glad I read it. The writing was accomplished and kept me gripped throughout. I hope this author gets the recognition he deserves.


 on 23 September 2016
By Kingston1919
I thought I would just treat myself to a half-hour read before getting on with the jobs I needed to do. Two hours later I forced myself back into ‘getting on’ with things. This is a wonderful book. Sensitively written and painstaking in doing justice to the subject matter. A really interesting and captivating read.


 on 30 May 2018
By Jon, Huddersfield
What a good book. A very clever and unique plot. Beautifully told, with some passages that are so vivid I felt that it was my experience.


 on 5 September 2016
By davidw
I read this more or less in one sitting and am still thinking about it several weeks after finishing. There is – deliberately – a lot of strands left to your own imagination and interpretation and I found that an interesting and unusual approach. I look forward to reading the authors next book!
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