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Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,185 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Blind Justice marks the debut of a delightful mystery series featuring the legendary eighteenth-century London judge Sir John Fielding. In eighteenth-century England, Fielding was famed not only as a co-founder (with his half brother, the novelist Henry Fielding) of London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, but as a magistrate of keen intellect, fairness - and u...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Berkley (first published September 15th 1994)
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kaoyler
I would really give this book 3.5 stars. It was an intriguing mystery told from the viewpoint of a character recounting his experience with a blind magistrate, Sir John Fielding. Historically, Fielding is one of the men who started the Bow Street Runners and was the half-brother of Henry Fielding, novelist. At the start Jeremy Proctor, the narrator, is 13 and just come to London after the loss of both parents. He is brought before Sir John on false charges of theft, which Sir John recognizes and...more
Brandy Painter
Sir John Fielding was the half brother of British novelist, Henry Fielding. Together they started the first London police force known as the Bow Street Runners. After Henry's death, John took over as the Bow Street Magistrate. His ability to discern truth and learn the facts of crimes was extraordinary given that he was blinded in an accident in the Navy when he was 19. Bruce Alexander wrote 11 fiction novels in which the historical figure of Sir John is the protagonist. Blind Justice is the fir...more
Carl
Although I missed Bruce Alexander's mystery series first time around, a friend of mine highly recommended it (Thanks Mary!). I was not disappointed; it is certainly one of the better historical mystery series I have read in the past 20 years. The series depicts London of the 1700s in a descriptive manner reminiscent of Dickens; the strong descriptive writing giving us the sights and sounds of 1700 London: the thieves, pickpockets, outdoor markets, the street walkers, people from various classes,...more
Keri
I breezed through this book - in the good way. The characters were that compelling and that life-like that I thought I was reading a true story, rather than a novel based on a historical figure.

Jeremy Proctor finds himself in the care of Sir John Fielding, a blind magistrate who started the Bow Street Runners with his half-brother. During his stay, he becomes involved in the investigation of Lord Goodhope's murder, and his contributions prove to shine a whole new light on the case.

As a narrator...more
Sherry
This was a great read. Set in the 1700s based around John Fielding, blind magistrate, who makes up for his handicap with his keen other senses and brilliant deduction. The narrator is 13 year old Jeremy Proctor recently orphaned when his father dies in the stocks. Jeremy comes before the magistrate accused of a crime he does not commit. Fielding "sees through" the con of Jeremy's accusers. Fielding sets him free and sets out to find him an apprenticeship in the printing trade, a trade taught to...more
Dorie
The first book in a historical crime series set in 1768 London featuring Sir John Fielding, a blind magistrate and founder of the Bow Street Runners police force. The narrator is Jeremy Proctor, 13 years old when the story starts and recent orphaned. Jeremy runs to London, where he is quickly tricked and accused of theft by a con artist. He ends up in front of Sir John, who easily figures the truth of the matter and then takes Jeremy under his wing. Jeremy ends up assisting him when Sir John inv...more
Meggie
Now this book, which is the first one in "Sir John Fielding" series, was worth my time, truly! I enjoyed the main mysterious murder, immensely! I liked the writing style, and how the main mystery developed. Great work by Bruce Alexander.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Rachel
This story falls more on the Agatha Christie side than Jack the Ripper dark Victorian of other stories. The story centers on John Fielding, a court magistrate in London during the 1750's. What makes this story the most fascinating is that John Fielding was a real person. He and his brother, Henry Fielding founded the Bow Street Runners, London's first organized police force. Perhaps the most notable feature of the Judge, beside being honest, is the fact that he is blind. While the storyline itse...more
Pamela B
This is the first book in a charming historical mystery series of a young man's adventures in helping the blind magistrate Sir John Fielding solve murder mysteries. Sir John Fielding was the brother of the writer Henry Fielding, and London is indeed a colorful character in the books. There's a gentleness in the relationship between Sir John and his charge that is quite appealing.
Amy
It's been awhile since I started a new mystery series and was so impressed with it that as soon as I put the book down I ordered the next from the library. Great characters. Great story. Surprising mystery. Justice served.
Diana Sandberg
Well, really quite good, though there were a very few peculiarities. Alexander (this is a pen name, but I can't remember his real one) writes of the later 18th century in the style of the period. At the very beginning I felt it sounded a bit forced, but either he got better or I got used to it. He did drop a few clinkers, I thought, though it's always possible he knows the period better than I - he once used "I" where "me" is correct (something along the lines of "for [Someone] and I"), which *m...more
Tara
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is a 13-yr-old boy, who by a combination of bad luck and then good luck finds himself in the care of Sir John Fielding, one of the founders of London's famed Bow Street Runners. The story is "narrated" by the main character as an adult, purportedly describing his memories of his time with Fielding, and I thought the author did a really skillful job at balancing the boy's somewhat naive understanding of the events unfolding around him with the older...more
Linda
This is the first of a series of mysteries, and the first one I’ve read by this pseudonymous writer, “a well-known author of fiction and non-fiction.” Blind Sir John Fielding is a magistrate in the London courts, half-brother to the writer Henry Fielding, and evidently a real person. Jeremy Proctor, a 13-year-old boy orphan, newly arrived in London, is falsely accused of stealing, brought to Fielding’s court and acquitted of the charge against him. When Fielding discovers that Jeremy has no plac...more
Deborah Palmer
I find relaxation and pleasure in the book Blind Justice (The First Sir John Fielding Mystery). I had read this series many years ago and am once again finding enjoyment enjoying the adventures of blind magistrate Sir John Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners, and his young charge Jeremy Proctor.

The book is written as a memoir to Sir John Fielding by the adult Jeremy Proctor. The author Bruce Alexander takes the reader on a fascinating journey of this true historical character and 18t...more
Wilf
The foundation of this book is a traditional whodunit, incorporating two cliches beloved of the genre - a murder victim found in a room with all the doors locked, and a Poirot style denouement with all the suspects gathered together in the library. Like most whodunits, the plot doesn't stand up to much scrutiny in the cold light of day; nor in fact does the exposure of the main culprit come as too much of a surprise. So, with a tired and over-worked formula you might think this book hasn't much...more
Monique Bos
This is a delightful opening to a series that I hope will come back into print in its entirety.

Orphan Jeremy Proctor no sooner finds himself in London than he is brought before blind magistrate Sir John Fielding--brother of the late novelist Henry--on trumped-up theft charges. Fortunately, Fielding is a particularly astute reader of character, and he sees through the farce. He takes Jeremy under his wing, planning to find him an apprenticeship, but before that can happen he is pulled into a cas...more
John Lee
My introduction to historical mystery novels came several years ago through the novels of Deryn Lake. Her central character was someone who came before The Blind Beak, was acqitted, and then became one of his collegues. When I stumbled across this series by Bruce Alexander featuring Sir John Fielding, I just had to try it and it was as if I already knew the stars of the story.
This is a most enjoyable read with a decent main plot, well drawn characters and an interesting sub story about the life...more
Denise Kettering
This first book in the Sir John Fielding mystery series introduces a variety of interesting characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series. In "Blind Justice" the reader meets Jeremy Proctor, a 13-year-old boy who finds himself alone after his father is pelted to death for printing some potentially questionable material. Jeremy finds himself in London and almost immediately is accused of stealing. He appears before Sir John Fielding at the Bow Street Court, who although blind is...more
Barbara Gordon
Good fun and a quick read. The period setting was nicely handled, and young Jeremy isn't terribly irritating. There's some sententiousness, as his older self--the narrator--points out his younger self's failings, but that does fit with the time and tone. Two usages made me blink a bit. Lady Goodhope speaks of a footman who "turned up missing", a jokey phrasing I'd place at not earlier than the 1920s, just off the top of my head. Sir John Fielding warns Jeremy of becoming "disorientated" in the c...more
Mark Bruce
Jul 02, 2007 Mark Bruce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
The first in a series of excellent mysteries set in late 18th Century London, featuring Sir John Fielding, the brother of Tom Fielding (who wrote "Tom Jones.") Sir John is a magistrate in Uxbridge court, which at that time meant that he ruled the streets in matters of crime and debt. He was also blind, which he remedied by a keen mind.

In the first book we meet the narrator, Jeremy, who is brought before the Magistrate on false charges. Evidently, back then, if one brought in a criminal, one was...more
Betsy
Fun mystery set in the late 1700s in London. I thought the author did a great job really setting the scene and the mystery was intriguing without being too predictable. Some felt the turn of the century London language was wordy and cumbersome but I felt it just added to the feel of the book. This one is the first in a series and it would be fun to read more.
Kristy Maitz
Astonishing it was really great reading material.

Its about 13 year old Jeremy who loose his father and find himself in big city called London. There his unlucky turns into luck when he meets a blind Magistrate John.

Story plot is full and complex. As a reader I was part of a crime and part of figure it out who did it.

First book is very pulling.
Susan
I picked this up off the library shelf because the font of print on the spine intrigued me. Something about the 18th century print caught my eye and made me want to learn more.

It's the story of a boy, Jeremy Proctor, who's orphaned during a time in Britain when that would have normally condemned him to the work house (read: death trap). He manages to avoid that fate by coming before Lord John Fielding, brother of the author Henry Fielding, as judge when he's framed for theft. Lord John saw throu...more
Ronald Roseborough
This murder mystery is set in London in the 1760's. Life in London at this time could be pretty raw. Crime was rampant and the penalties under the law were very severe. Jeremy Proctor, an orphan newly arrived in London, narrowly avoids a life in prison after being the innocent dupe of a false charge of theft. His benefactor is the magistrate, Sir John Fielding who, though he is blind, sees through the plot against Jeremy. Sir John is the founder of the Bow Street Runners, an early police force i...more
Mark Baker
British Magistrate Sir John Fielding and his ward, Jeremy Proctor, solve the murder of a Lord in 1768 London. Very real characters and engaging plot. I loved it and can't wait to read more.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Daffney
In Anne Perry's new novel, Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, finds that the finances of a London church are not what it seems. Parishioners’ charitable contributions are ending up in the pocket of the church's charming minister Abel Taft. Charitable contributions that are paying for his beautiful home and the lavish lifestyle that he, his wife and their daughters are enjoying. When Taft is accused of extortion, it falls to newly appointed judge, Oliver Rathbone to...more
Eileen
This book is for me, somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. Thoroughly enjoyed the book from the historic and mystery aspect, but found the way Sir John Fielding dealt with his blindness as a magistrate and investigator quite interesting, indeed. The premise and resolution of the mystery was not unique, but I enjoyed the journey of discovery and the cast of characters.
Karen
First in a series of mysteries. Great characters but the mystery could have been more mysterious. I figured out large portions about half way through, which is disappointing but the book was very well written and I will be looking for the others.
Kathleen Hagen
Blind Justice, by Bruce Alexander, AKA Bruce Cook. A. Borrowed from National Library Service for the Blind.

This is, as I understand it, the first of the Sir John Fielding books involving a blind magistrate in 19th century London. I have hesitated to read these because I’m usually not please with what authors do with blind characters, but these actually do seem to be quite good. In this one Sir Fielding meets Jeremy Proctor, a 13-year-old boy who is an orphan and homeless because he is lured into...more
Peg
Extraordinary reading. Where have I been that I am only now learning of Bruce Alexander and his amanuensis (I'm confident), Sir John Fielding, brother of Henry. Historical novels are one of my weaknesses and I've overnight become an Alexander/Fielding groupie.

One should read the series in the rough order of their creation. I have just enjoyed the first, "Blind Justice", and second, "Murder in Grub Street", but have "Watery Grave", "An Experiment in Treason" and "Rules of Engagement" at the ready...more
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Pseudonym of American journalist and author Bruce Cook.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Bruce Alexander Cook (1932–2003) was an American journalist and author who wrote under the pseudonym Bruce Alexander, creating historical novels about a blind 18th century Englishman and also a 20th century Mexican-American detective.
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