Long before Dr Crippen was apprehended using wireless communication, new technology led to the arrest of another lesser known but no less intriguing character. Carol Baxter's vivid account of a Victorian murder and its aftermath is meticulously researched and thoroughly engrossing. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the murkier side of life in the 19th century.
When I give writing seminars, I talk about the importance of reading ‘history books’ with a view to capturing not just the facts about a place and its society but the essence—as Fiona does in her books about London. I will include a review of The Worst Street in London in a future newsletter. In this street, three of Jack the Ripper’s victims were killed, a subject of particular interest to me as the timeframe of my fifth book, The Lucretia Borgia of Botany Bay, straddles the Ripper murders. In fact, some parliamentarians and members of the press said that my protagonist, Louisa Collins, was worse than Jack the Ripper!
Siân Rees, the author of the bestselling The Floating Brothel, has written that The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable is a ‘masterful reconstruction of a forgotten story’. I will discuss Siân’s books in the Rave Reviews section of this newsletter.