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Verdict of Twelve by #RaymondPostgate #BritishCrimeClassicChallenge #thebookdecoder

Hey Booklovers!

We are two weeks into January and its been satisfactory so far. I have read around 6-7 books and even managed to do one of the Challenges (Original Post) am participating in, which, brings me to the review.

It wasn’t easy to find books to do this challenge as I had no idea what books were available and what I would like. I went through some of the lists on Goodreads, checked what other bloggers recommended and finally made a list of books I want to read based on the blurb. I must say I have never been a fan of classics even though I value their importance.

Now, Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate is a story about the twelve members forming the Jury of a case & the trial of that case itself told as an old fashioned British courtroom drama. The crime itself is revealed one third into the book & thus keeps up the suspense. It’s divided into four parts:


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  • The Jury – where we are introduced to the members and their personal history.
  • The case – The people involved and what had happened.
  • The trial and Verdict – The scenes in the court room and examination of the evidence and witness and closing Arguments.
  • Postscript – A final conclusion.

I loved the plot structure. It was refreshing and very insightful as to how the background of the jurors can or might affect the verdict. But I felt the the author was pretty dispassionate in its execution including the the story behind the case. Like who am I rooting for? It felt very disconnected. Maybe that’s what he was going for, I dunno.

I was confused as to who committed the murder as everyone concerned was pretty much a suspect even though only Mrs Van Beer was the one charged with the crime and was almost a sure shot.

It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, on the contrary their social existence determines their consciousnessโ€ –ย  Marx

The truth doesn’t matter in the court only what the prosecution can prove matters and in this case too that’s all what we see unfold. When in the final conclusion everything is revealed, I felt nothing. Only that it was a waste of life for nothing. The above quote sums up the book perfectly.


Pros: Plot structure, Storyline and characterisation.

Cons: Old language, different style of thoughts, lacks emotions.

Bibliogyan verdict – A reasonably good court room drama but doesn’t check all the boxes.

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6 thoughts on “Verdict of Twelve by #RaymondPostgate #BritishCrimeClassicChallenge #thebookdecoder

  1. Thanks for participating, Vandy. ๐Ÿ™‚ This book is in my TBR list. British Library has reprinted a lot of wonderful classics and they are available on Kindle unlimited ( if you are subscriber, that is). Plus, there’s project Gutenberg. ๐Ÿ™‚Searching for a good one is a problem, I agree. ๐Ÿ˜€ With so many classics out there, I feel I have to add them all in my TBR list. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Hehe. Have you read any so far? I didn’t see any reviews on your site. Anyhoo glad to participate. ๐Ÿ˜ It’s nice reading books I would otherwise probably never would ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


      1. That’s true. But once you start reading more of classics, you will get the hang of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even I used to take 2-3 days to read it, now I am used to it. But I should say this – I took 6months to read the whole of father brown series. Every time I start a story, I used to fall asleep. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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