“His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet

“His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae; Narrated by Antony Ferguson

This book was recommended to me by FictionFan and she was right. This is a fascinating true crime story. The author has compiled a series of original documents and organized them for presentation in this book. The main part of the story comes from the account that Roderick Macrae wrote while he was in jail awaiting trial. In this narrative he not only confesses to 3 brutal murders but he begins his tale months before the murders and details all of the events in his life that led up to “his bloody project”.

This is one of those stories where truth is stranger than fiction. The narrative highlights the prejudice and class distinctions that were common in 1869 Scotland. I think the story also proves that old adage about how “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This is a fascinating story.

I listened to this book on Audible and I found Antony Ferguson’s narration to be wonderful. He brought the characters to life without overdoing it and the rhythm and pacing of the narration to be perfect for my listening. I didn’t find myself tuning out at any point. It’s a shame what happened to Roderick because I found his story to be well written and I couldn’t help but wonder what he might have become if his circumstances had been different. I’m highly recommending this one whether you like crime or just a good read.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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2 thoughts on ““His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet

  1. Ooh, so glad you enjoyed it! You’re right about the “power corrupting” aspect – I found the villagers’ complete lack of rights quite distressing. I’m sorely tempted to get the audiobook now…


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