Don't have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 1 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I think this is part of a series of UK historic true crime books from various areas.
Bruce makes an effort to include only stories that she was able to find adequate documentation about. The first crime she discusses is one that occurred in the s which involved a catastrophic fire in a barn where a puppet show was being shown.
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The second is a poisoning case. The third is a political crime. I won't detail all of the crimes she writes about in this book, but the last one is set in the s. So if you like historical true crime this is an interesting book. I found it easy to read in small bites. There's some illustrations of legal documents, statements, photographs and illustrations from historic reports. I don't know if the Kindle book has all the illustrations included in the paper version, but I looked at them on both my Fire HDX and my Samsung Note and they both allowed the illustrations to be enlarged with a tap or dismissed with a tap.
What Gary does is make logical decisions about what his next step should be, these are not always low risk or conducted with the right level of communication or authority however, each time he does something it is based on his firm belief that it is the right thing to do at that time. Gary has wanted to be a detective since just before his 12 th birthday, which was also a very difficult time in his life. Gary, therefore, has a very negative associations with wealth. Gary is the youngest detective in Cambridge, he has made it to that rank in almost record time and Cambridge Blue is his first murder investigation.
Gary understands his responsibilities as a policeman but also believes that the difference between success and failure often boils down to personal determination and perseverance. Will Gary ever leave Cambridge? And if not why not? Hah, a tricky question! When you are thinking about creating your characters what do you consider to be the most important thing to consider? It depends on the character, I do have quite a lot and some are small roles that maybe only appear on a single page. I always remind myself when watch passers-by that I am seeing tiny snapshots of real lives and sometimes that can be captured with something simple.
For characters that are more substantial I usually write a fairly detailed back-story and I was like to know what is their biggest motivation and why. Who were your influences when you decided to start writing? My dad was a reader and my mum a watcher. My dad would tut about the TV from behind his books but when I eventually had a look at his choice of literature I found he was reading Ed McBain. With both parents enjoying crime fiction in one form or another this the starting point for my own interest in murder. The first book I remember re-reading was that dark tale of child kidnap, Dalmatians.
I read Jane Eyre multiple times. What made you decide to write a series instead of standalone novels? The character of Gary Goodhew developed quite by accident. When I wrote my first novel I needed a policeman to appear in just one or two scenes and this is when I introduced him. As the book evolved so did his role and by the end of it the one character I really did not want to leave behind was Gary.
Your second novel in the series is The Siren and there is a lot more about police politics in The Siren alongside the investigation that is taking place. How difficult was it to find that balancing at with two competing storylines? I would say that Cambridge Blue has elements of a traditional whodunnit whereas The Siren is more thriller like in certain ways.
The Calling is the most recent book in the series and this time around we have a profile killer, a kidnapping and a rather disturbed witness. Was there a particular incident that sparked off the idea for this story? The storyline of The Calling was the basis of the first novel I wrote and I absolutely love this book. Eventually, he dumped me and I was left wondering what I had done wrong. The whole experience was very creepy especially when I worked out that they all had the same favourite song, restaurant, romantic film and even the carbon copy proposal.
I had been quite depressed at one point but started to consider the story that would develop if I had been a whole lot more depressed and he had been a whole lot creepier. Of course the final result is complete fiction and any comeuppance the bloke at any point along the way is purely coincidental! Each chapter heading is that of the date?
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The verdict was " not proven ". Mount Steward Farm, near Perth, Scotland. On 30 March , Janet Henderson Rogers, age 55, was clubbed to death with an axe while visiting her brother Charles Henderson on his farm, and ploughman James Crichton was charged with her murder. At trial, the jury returned a verdict of not proven. Charles Bravo, a lawyer, was poisoned with antimony : he took three days to die but gave no indication of the source of the poison.
No-one was ever charged for the crime. Murders and attempted murders mentioned in connection with Jack the Ripper. Bradford , West Yorkshire. His throat had been cut, his abdomen cut open and stabbed, his arms and legs hacked off and his ears removed.
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Milkman William Barrett was arrested for the murder but a Magistrate dismissed the charges. Newspapers suggested a connection to the Jack the Ripper murders, but doctors found the boy had been drugged. Prostitute Louisa Smith was found in Algernon Road, Lewisham, with a severe fractured skull caused by a blow with a blunt instrument. College Farm , Finchley. Known as the Finchley Murder. Thomas Webb, head cowman was found fatally shot outside his cottage at College Farm. Mysteriously, before his death Thomas had a strange presentiment that one night he would be shot when looking round the farm.
Peasenhall , Suffolk. Known as the Peasenhall Murder.
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William Gardiner, a married man who was thought to be having an affair with the pregnant victim, was twice tried inconclusively and then set free. Mary Sophia Money. Merstham , Surrey. Body found in the Merstham railway tunnel. The post-mortem showed a scarf had been thrust into her mouth and marks were discovered on the tunnel wall showing Miss Money had been thrown to her death from a moving train. Known as the Camden Town Murder. Prostitute Emily Dimmock was found with her throat cut.
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Robert Wood was accused and acquitted after a brilliant defence by Edward Marshall Hall. Marion Gilchrist was an affluent year-old woman who lived in the West End of Glasgow. She had been bludgeoned to death and the only thing taken was a diamond brooch. Oscar Slater was suspected as he had gone to America and had tried to pawn a brooch.
He was wrongfully convicted in and this conviction was quashed in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was prominent in securing his release. Known as the Seal Chart Murder. Mrs Luard was shot in a summerhouse in the middle of a wood near Sevenoaks , Kent. Her husband was accused by some, and he later committed suicide in despair. George Harry Storrs. Gorse Hall , Stalybridge. Storrs was the owner of Gorse Hall and was a prominent business man in the town. There were suggestions that he was the lover of his friends' au pair and that she had become pregnant due to the liaison.
She later committed suicide. His business interests also made many enemies for Storrs and after one attack he had a bell installed to warn police of intruders. On the night of the 1 November , an intruder forced his way into the house and in the scuffle with Storrs, stabbed him 15 times. Two men were later tried independently of each other for the killing, but neither of them were convicted.
Lintz Green railway station. The sixty-year-old stationmaster, Joseph Wilson, was shot when returning home after closing his office at the station. Although he did not die instantly, when questioned, Wilson was unable to communicate who had shot him. Railway porter Samuel Atkinson was charged but no evidence was offered against him. Northbank Cottage, Portencross , North Ayrshire. Six shots fired through a living-room window at night.
The other two occupants of the room were injured, but not killed. No-one was ever charged or prosecuted for the crime. Owslebury , near Winchester. On 11 July , year-old Vera May Glasspool was found in woodland close to Longwood House, where she worked as a scullery maid. She had been strangled and stabbed. Known as the Green Bicycle Case as the victim was last seen with a man owning one.
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A green bicycle was found in a canal and its owner Ronald Light — traced. He stood trial, but was found not guilty of Wright's murder, primarily due to his defence counsel, Sir Edward Marshall Hall KC , who had Light in the witness box admitting to every allegation made against him, except her murder. Shore, the goddaughter of Florence Nightingale , was found on a train at Bexhill, Sussex , with serious head injuries and died four days later.
Kidwelly , Carmarthenshire. Harold Greenwood — was accused of poisoning his wife Mabel with arsenic. Otterburn , Northumbria. Foster ran a successful car hire business and on returning from one journey on 7 January , picked up a year-old man wearing a tweed suit, overcoat and bowler hat. He assaulted Foster, threw her into the back of the cab and then covered her with a rug which he doused with petrol and set alight.
Although horrifically burned, Foster was able to crawl away from the burning vehicle and when found she was able to describe her attacker but later succumbed to her injuries the following day. Julia Wallace. Known as The Wallace Case. Julia's husband William Herbert Wallace was convicted, but this was quashed when he successfully appealed.
Recent books have named a suspect. Notting Hill , London. It was believed she had been murdered elsewhere and then transported to this location. Aldershot , Hampshire. Chevis was poisoned after eating partridge laced with strychnine. Leonards-on-Sea , Sussex. Aged 17, Queenie was bludgeoned to death at her home. Harman worked for John Carter, haulier, and had been to work on the fateful day in July One interesting element was that the previous tenant at 43 Eversfield Place when vacating the flat left behind two Indian clubs one of which was believed to have been used to kill Queenie and a gun.
He was never asked why he felt the need to have a gun whilst living in the flat. Torso found in a trunk at Brighton Station. This is known as the Brighton Trunk Crime no. See Brighton trunk murders. Greenfield , Bedfordshire. Bludgeoned to death with a fence post. Stapleton, a farm worker aged 66, was attacked on Friday, 21 April while walking from Ruxox Farm along a bridleway in Greenfield to his lodgings, the White Hart Inn in Flitton , and his wages stolen.
The police report said the attack was maniacally brutal. Wych Elm Bella. Wychbury Hill , Hagley , Worcestershire. Skeletal remains of a woman were discovered inside a hollow tree in April Police established the victim had died approximately 18 months earlier but could not identify her. In , the message " Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?
Various theories about the identity of the victim and her killer have been proposed. Charles Walton. Meon Hill , Upper Quinton , Warwickshire. On Valentines Day the body of local farm labourer Charles Walton was found murdered with his own trouncing hook and pinned to the ground with a pitchfork. The body had had a large cross engraved into the chest and neck which caused many rumours to circulate linking the murder to witchcraft or satanism.
Muriel Drinkwater. Penllergaer , Swansea. Drinkwater, a year-old schoolgirl, was raped and shot in the woods in Penllergaer, Swansea. The case became known as the Little Red Riding Hood murder. Margaret Cook. Margaret was shot dead outside the Blue Lagoon nightclub. Nobody was charged with her murder at the time, but Scotland Yard detectives interviewed a suspect in after he confessed.
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