Miscarriage of Justice Review
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The year: 1913. The place: a small town outside Nashville. Women were rallying for the vote. It was a time of conflict.

Miscarriage of Justice is a work of historical fiction that’s based on actual events. And yes, you’ve probably already read many stories like it. Anna Dotson, a married society woman, begins an affair with Charlie Cobb, a married man and a barber in the small town where they live. Not surprisingly, everyone soon finds out. Anna’s husband, a prominent physician and an upstanding member of the community, threatens to kill his wife’s lover. And guess what? The wife’s lover ends up dead.

Wait! Don’t go! Because this book is different. It isn’t a whodunit—because everyone already knows who did it. Yet there is still a trial—one with a shocking outcome. According to the author, a judge in Nashville, Tennessee, many people thought that the verdict was a “miscarriage of justice,” while others thought the murderer got exactly what was deserved. In his novel, Judge Gayden invites you to decide for yourself.

Miscarriage of Justice reads like a period piece. And keep in mind it is a novel, and some parts are fictionalized. But what a story! Kip Gayden’s first novel will draw you into the characters while keeping the facts reasonable and undoubtedly accurate. It starts out a little slow, and I started to wonder where the story was going (especially since I don’t read the summaries on book jackets; it spoils the fun), but I’m glad I hung on.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction and/or true crime—or if you’re just in the mood for a really great read—I highly recommend this book. I would love to see more from Kip Gayden in the future.

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