Banquet of Consequences

A Juror's Plight

Non-Fiction - True Crime
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/04/2018
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Author Biography

Paul Sanders writes True Crime from a juror’s perspective. His story began in 2014, when he was called to serve as a death penalty juror in the trial of Marissa DeVault. At the completion of the case, he wrote his first True Crime book, Brain Damage: A Juror’s Tale – The Hammer Killing Trial (2015).

Since then, Paul has gone on to write three more true crime books on some of the most spectacular trials in US history, Why Not Kill Her: A Juror’s Perspective – The Jodi Arias Death Penalty Retrial (2016) and Banquet of Consequences: A Juror’s Plight – The Carnation Murders Trial of Michele Anderson (2017).

Paul’s book, Banquet of Consequences: A Juror’s Plight (Book 3: A Juror’s Perspective) has received many honors in the General Non-fiction category:
• 2018 Gold Medal Winner, True Crime eLit IPPY Awards,
• 2018 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Historical,
• 2018 Winner Florida (Orlando) Book Festival,
• 2017 Winner Los Angeles – Halloween Book Festival,
• 2017 Runner-Up Southern California Book (Los Angeles) Festival Honors,
• 2017 Runner-Up London Book Festival Top Honors.

Secret Life of a Juror: Voir Dire – The Domestic Violence Query. 2018 Readers’ Favorite Five Stars, Paul has strung together his most graphic and riveting work, story is as much about the trial as it is an inward look at the demons endured by all who have suffered from domestic violence.

He currently resides Seattle, Washington with his dog, Danica. Paul is an active member of the PNWA. He is currently preparing Beyond the Pale: Rogue Juror – The Joseph McEnroe Death Penalty Trial

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Banquet of Consequences: A Juror’s Plight by Paul Sanders recounts the true account of the trial of Michele Anderson for the murder of her parents, brother, sister-in-law, and her young niece and nephew. The murders took place in 2007 but it was not until eight years later that the trial took place. The murders became known as the Carnation Murders. The author - who calls himself the thirteenth juror - recounts in graphic detail what happened on Christmas Eve 2007 from his first-hand account as he sat in the gallery throughout the trial. Not only does the book cover the forensics, testimonies, and expert witnesses and opinion, but also includes the author’s personal encounter with Michele Anderson’s boyfriend and accomplice, Joseph McEnroe.

For any reader who seeks true life crime stories, this account of the trial of the Carnation Murders will certainly not disappoint. The detail the author relates transports the reader into the courtroom and each page is concisely and expertly written. It was particularly refreshing to read this account where the author was quite clearly endeavoring not to show any prejudice but to just relate the facts. Having read through the whole trial as related by Paul Sanders, it was of particular interest to read of his meeting with Joseph McEnroe and his feelings about this convicted murderer, only to learn later that perhaps not all was as it seemed. An engrossing read, excellently related, and this reader will certainly seek out other works by Paul Sanders. His dedication to learning the truth, to relating the facts, and the emotion he clearly felt in his quest come across in his writing for the ultimate benefit of the reader.

Paul Sanders

RIP Scott Tompkins, Lead Detective