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Hinter geschlossenen Türen (Sir John Fielding #1)

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1768, London zur Zeit King Georges III. In der von vrodelndem Leben erfüllten Stadt blüht auch das Verbrechen: Spieler, Dirnen und nur allzu ziwelichtige Gestalten bebölkern die Straßen. Und einer von ihnen scheint es auf den ebenso wohlhabenden wie berüchtigten Lord Richard Goodhope abgesehen zu haben. Denn Goodhope wird hinter den verschlossenen Türen seiner Bibliothek e ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by btb (first published September 15th 1994)
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Jan 02, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised at this one--usually an era I'm not interested in. This was the first volume in an enjoyable mystery series, with Sir John Fielding, 18th century blind magistrate and founder of the Bow Street Runners, and his "helper", 13-year-old Jeremy Proctor, who narrates the cases. This is a classic "locked room" mystery, with the revelation of the villain revealed in Sir John's gathering all the suspects together in the same room.

Lord Goodhope commits suicide, but Jeremy's noti
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
Oct 17, 2010 Brandy Painter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2013 Carl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I have read all of the Sir John Fielding novels and were heartbroken when we heard that Bruce Alexander had died. Read all of them, in order, and you will be so happy.
Another series of books that are somewhat similar are the Sebastian St. Cyr novels by C.S. Harris. Again, a series that needs to be read in order.
Still yet another series that you will enjoy of this type are the Lady Julia Grey books (Silent as the Grave) etc. by Deanna Raybourn are fabulous.
Whew! all of these won
Blind Justice(Hist-Jeremy/John Fielding-London-Georgian) - VG
Alexander, Bruce - 1st in series
Putnam, 2005, US Hardcover

I am fascinated by books about the Bow Street Runners and early police procedures in England. Alexander has clearly done his research as his book is rich with detail of life in Georgian England. His characters are wonderful and Jeremy very well drawn. I shall definitely be reading more of this series.
This is the 3rd time I've read this book, and it just keeps on being one of my all time favorite books (12-7-16)
Madhulika Liddle
Dec 22, 2016 Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1768, thirteen year old orphan Jeremy Proctor arrives in London, to be immediately framed for theft and hauled up before a legendary magistrate: the blind man, Sir John Fielding, brother of Henry Fielding (author of Tom Jones), and inheritor of the system of policing set up by Henry at Bow Street: the Bow Street Runners. Within a couple of days, Jeremy finds himself a part of Sir John Fielding’s household, and helping the magistrate investigate the gruesome suicide—or is it murder?—of a debau ...more
Abrir un Libro
Jan 10, 2017 Abrir un Libro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Existen libros que despiertan el interés no por el argumento en sí, que también, sino mucho más por el autor del propio libro como es el caso de Bruce Alexander Cook. Un escritor que a pesar de haber escrito obras como La generación beat, tres biografías, una de Dalton Trumbo (Navona 2015), otra de Bertolt Brecht y una última biografía ficticia de Shakespeare entre otros libros, alcanzó la fama por la serie del Juez Fielding. Una serie de misterio o enigma de una excelente calidad narrativa e in ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
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
Aug 20, 2012 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wow, this whole series of historical mysteries is just fantastic. I have a soft spot for the first one, in which 13-year-old Jeremy is brought before the bench for alleged theft to be tried by magistrate, Sir John Fielding (brother of Henry Fielding, the novelist). Known as the Blind Beak, the judge takes in young Jeremy as his eyes as they solve the first of many hard cases in 1700s London. Outstanding, a cut above the usual genre.
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.
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.
Apr 22, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good. Enjoyed the writing style very much. The characters were written well. Sir John is very likeable and his pursuit of justice, truth, and mercy are admirable.
Dec 24, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! The premise is interesting, and I believe it is loosely based on a real person (I could be wrong about that). It's an interesting time period that I have not read much about from the British side. I thought they story was really interesting, and the writing was compelling! I really enjoyed all of the characters! I only gave it 5 stars, because I began to suspect the murderer before the big reveal. I'm not sure how or why I suspected what I ...more
Mar 10, 2017 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This is a murder mystery set in late 1700s England. It was written in modern times though, so some of the writing style came across as really unnatural and pompous to me. It was kind of annoying how the narrator would congratulate himself on being polite and obedient. The mystery was ridiculous enough to completely surprise me, but it wasn't quite as satisfying as an Ace Attorney mystery where you can gradually solve the mystery yourself. Most of the characters were pretty shallow too, but I fee ...more
Stacie  Haden
4.5 stars. I'll be reading this whole series. I thoroughly enjoy well written historical mysteries, and that fits that niche perfectly!
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
The first Sir John Fielding mystery is so well written, that I immediately began to search for the entire series. Sir John, the brother of Henry Fielding (author of the classic, "Tom Jones") is the magistrate of the Bow Street Court, London. It is middle of the 18th century (c. 1750s), and he has organized a constableatory, known as the Bow Street Runners, or 'The Beak Runners", as the locals call them. Sir John is called 'The Beak', as he is completely blind, and he wears a black silk band arou ...more
Rena Sherwood
Ever pay attention to the "Recommendations" feature here at Goodreads? Well, if you don't you're not missing much because usually the recommendations are laughable. But once in a great while, one recommendation comes along which dampens the memory of the bad recommendations. Goodreads' recommendation to me of Blind Justice is that instance.

So what is it? It's the first book in a historical murder mystery series. "Ho-hum, ANOTHER historical murder mystery series?" Well, yes and no. Yes that it is
Apr 21, 2012 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 15, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Blaine DeSantis
Aug 01, 2015 Blaine DeSantis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good first entry in the Sir John Fielding Mystery Series. Based on the Historical figure who began the forerunner of the London police department, this series alleges to follow some of the trials of this blind London Magistrate. It is a very interesting premise, and this first book sets up Sir John as a kindly, beloved and yet authoritative figure, one who takes the narrator of the series into his home after he was falsely accused of theft. Set in the mid-1700's this is a fascinating peri ...more
Diana Sandberg
Jun 21, 2009 Diana Sandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2016 Bonnieb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, engaging historical fiction set in 1768 in London that makes a fun summer read. In this first of a series of Sir John Fielding mysteries, Alexander deftly handles the situating of a locked room mystery in London of the 1760s. When Lord Goodhope is found dead in his study, Sir John Fielding, Magistrate, is called to investigate. Jeremy Proctor, a young 13 year old, new to London and scammed into a situation that brings him before Fielding’s court, joins the blind justice as the story ...more
Deborah Palmer
Mar 16, 2012 Deborah Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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