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A Matter for the Jury by Peter Murphy

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Travel back in time, to the 1960's, and the fascinating world of the court room. It is 1964 and Ben Schroeder, first introduced in A Higher Duty, is building his career at the Bar; juggling the demands of different challenging cases, while trying to allow a little romance into his life. This novel recreates the drama and tension of a capital murder trial in England before abolition in 1965.

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A Matter for the Jury by Peter Murphy

Ben is already defending a vicar, accused of indecent assault on a choir boy, when he is plunged into a capital murder case. The accused is Billy Cottage, charged with murder after a frenzied attack on a young courting couple aboard a houseboat. The young man, Frank Gilliam, dies in the attack, while his girlfriend, Jennifer Doyce, is raped and seriously injured. The attacker steals a gold cross and chain from Jennifer, which makes the crime a capital offence.

When the police recover the cross and chain from Billy’s sister, and find his fingerprint inside the houseboat, things start to look ominous. But then comes the crucial piece of evidence of his propensity to sing a particular song. To make matters worse, Ben is being led by Martin Hardcastle, an arrogant QC with a serious drinking problem.

In his fight to save Billy Cottage’s life, Ben finds that he has both the law and the facts against him; and the tide of public opinion has not yet turned against capital punishment.

About the Author

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy graduated from Cambridge University and spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge. He has worked both in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. Peter heralds from a predominantly Welsh family and spent a lot of time growing up in Wales. He has been a supporter of Welsh rugby ever since the glory days of the late 60s and early 70s. He has written six novels: two political thrillers about the US presidency, Removal and Test of Resolve; four legal thrillers featuring Ben Schroeder set in Sixties London, A Higher Duty, A Matter for the Jury, And is there Honey Still for Tea? and his latest, The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr.

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Publication date

24th July 2014


Peter Murphy

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No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd


416 pages


Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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