The second of Peter Murphy’s books featuring charmingly self-depreciative Charlie Walden, Judge Walden Back in Session is an absolute joy to read.

Set in south London, where Charlie is Resident Judge of Bermondsey Crown Court, it features five stories which can be read as standalones but are better, in fact, read in sequence.

I promise you anyway, once you dip in, you’ll want to carry on immersing yourself in the world ruled over by the Judge and his wife, the formidable Reverend Mrs Walden of the church of St Aethelburgh and All Saints in the Diocese of Southwark.

Murphy, a retired resident judge, has a deftness of touch and an eye for detail that make this book – and the earlier volume – engrossing reading from start to finish.

Charlie is an engaging character, an old-fashioned, moral judge with a wry humour, whose encounters, in court and out, prove highly entertaining.

Filled with distinctive characters – such as Bert Coggins, the market stallholder prosecuted for selling Archie Swivell Sings Cole Porter, Lester Fogle from a local crime family and the ‘Grey Smoothies’, the name given to the civil servants who make Charlie’s day job increasingly more difficult – Judge Walden Back in Session is a sheer delight.

Hugely, hugely recommended.


Judge Walden Back in Session | Peter Murphy |  No Exit Press | paperback | £8.99


Acknowledgements: This review is published as part of the Judge Walden book blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for organising it and to the publisher for supplying a review copy. Image supplied by No Exit Press. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved.


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