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Yesterday's Papers

(Harry Devlin #4)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Set in Liverpool, the murder of Carole Jeffries causes a sensation. A neighbour confesses to the crime and the case is closed. Thirty years later the case is re-opened when an amateur criminologist uncovers evidence that the real culprit escaped justice.
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 28th 2012 by AUK Authors (first published January 1st 1994)
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Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finding this book at an Ollie's store was a happy accident. I got it for a dollar and I could not resist the edition put out by Crime Classics.

Harry Devlin is a lawyer (or solicitor as they say across the pond), but cannot resist a good mystery. A man by the name of Miller approaches him and tells him of a miscarriage of justice that happened back in the sixties. A teenage girl, Carole Jefferies, left her home one night and never returned. Her body was found in a nearby park in the bushes. A nei
Martin Edwards has written better stories than this one. I liked it, but not enough for four stars. However, the ending had a surprise twist that satisfied me. He also answered all questions by the end of the book, and not every author does that.
Anna Dowdall
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the Harry Devlin mystery books. Gorgeous atmosphere, Liverpool's old streets descending into winter and the tug of past injustice. The impact of the weird Dickensian gent who approaches Harry and kicks off the lawyer's detective efforts isn't wasted, as you find out in the brilliant denouement (last page!) although I can say no more.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
So, this is one of a series, and it reads that way. Harry enters stage right as a fully formed being and exits stage left as more or less the exact person he was when we met him. I've never read the series, and was interested in this as a classic mystery. And it can be read as a stand-alone; I'm just not sure it rates the plaudits it received as an ingenious series of red herrings; it's a case where the bad guy is a little too pat for me.

Very television, actually. They should make a feature of i
Larry Fontenot
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is an early Harry Devlin novel and the writing is excellent. Harry comes across as an eager, curious lawyer who can not resist a stranger's request to look into a 30 year old murder case. Obviously there is much to be discovered and an ending that is intriguing. Edwards is a marvelous writer and it was fun to dip back into the past with this fine novel.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Held my attention on a bad afternoon, but a bit too much language for my liking.
Nicki Kendall
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book about how police investigate and prepare homicide cases for court
Betty Dickie
A very clever mystery and wonderful plot twists hidden amongst a great deal of narrative.
Christopher Swann
3.5 stars. Fun read.
Graham Powell
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday's Papers is a very entertaining novel. Solicitor Harry Devlin is approached by a mysterious man - a connoisseur of unsolved crimes - who wants a look at the file from an unsolved murder of a young woman, during the Merseybeat ere in 1964. Devlin obliges, and can't help but be drawn in himself. Soon he's speeding all over the city and its environs in his MG, all sketched out well with Edward's frequently amusing writing. Recommended for fans of traditional mysteries.
Kally Sheng
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: martin-edwards
"Doctors bury their mistakes and architects build them. Solicitors simply file them." - Pg. 53

Whoever it was who died, how could anyone not mourn the extinction of a fellow human being? And more than that, in the presence of death, how could anyone fail to be reminded of their own mortality? - Pg. 129

With murder there were no slick solutions, just the desolate reality of human behaviour as weak as it was wicked. - Pg. 239
Jackie Mcwilliams
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just love the Harry Devlin series. This one as usual had twists and turns in the plot, wonderful characters and the descriptions of Liverpool are brilliant.
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Martin Edwards’ latest novel, Gallows Court, was published in September. He is consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics series, and has written sixteen contemporary whodunits, including The Coffin Trail, which was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for best crime novel of the year. His genre study The Golden Age of Murder won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards, whil ...more

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