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Are you sure you want those sweets?

Advantages: Interesting study of a little-known murder case
Disadvantages: Some slightly irrelevant material which could have been omitted

Don’t have nightmares. Very few people have ever died from eating chocolate, so your chances are one in several million. Sadly, somebody once did – and he was only very small. The book In June 1871 four-year-old Sidney Barker was on holiday in B ...

JOHNV 01.02.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Death by Chocolate The Serial Poisoning of Victorian Brighton - Sophie Jackson

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Anarchy and murder on the London streets

Advantages: Well-researched; painstaking detail; good historical perspective; several little-known cases
Disadvantages: None

The author Max Décharné is primarily a rock musician, and plays drums with the indie band Gallon Drunk. He is also a journalist and writer of short stories and non-fiction, and occasional actor as well. The book True crime has been one of ...

JOHNV 24.10.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Capital Crimes - Max Decharne

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FEAR CAME TO TOWN,by Doug Crandell

Advantages: Great read & lots of detail.
Disadvantages: None

This is a true crime story written by Doug Crandell . I can't comment on the author per se,because this is my first reading of any of his work. It is available to buy new for around the £5 mark,but second hand copies (often in perfect condition) can be pu ...

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Review of Fear Came to Town The Santa Claus, Georgia, Murders - Doug Crandell

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Two murders - was one man responsible?

Advantages: An extraordinary tale told very well, with painstaking research and detail
Disadvantages: None to speak of

Two murders took place in Edwardian England less than two years apart, one in the south-east and the other in the north-east. At first glance they seemed to have nothing to do with each other, but many years later a link between them was hinted at, though ...

JOHNV 18.11.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Edwardian Murder: Ightham and the Morpeth Train Robbery -Diana Janes

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Thirty-one deaths and a rope

Advantages: Very good, succinct accounts of all murder cases and executions in the period
Disadvantages: Falmouth is in Cornwall (but even Homer nodded sometimes)

'Hanged at Winchester' is the seventh in a series which follows previous volumes about those who have paid the ultimate penalty at Liverpool, Durham, Birmingham, Pentonville and other jails. Between 1869, a year after public executions were abolished b ...

JOHNV 28.08.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Hanged at Winchester - Steve Fielding

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