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A Jack of Many Faces

Advantages: A thorough analysis of the facts and theories for its time
Disadvantages: Some unnecessary whimisical flights of fancy

...1988 was a hell of a year for Jack the Ripper enthusiasts. Being the centenary of London’s “Autumn of Terror”, few producers, publishers, historians, writers and professional criminologists missed a trick. From movies about a copycat serial killer called ...

BlackSwan 31.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Jack the Ripper Summing up and Verdict - Colin Wilson

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Murder, she wrote

Advantages: Enjoyable read on an ever-fascinating if gruesome subject
Disadvantages: There are better books on the subject out there

...We, the British, are an illogical race. Short of genocide, murder is the worst, most shocking crime an individual can commit, yet in spite of that it has become a kind of commodity which over the last years has been endlessly packaged as a mass market en ...

JOHNV 09.12.2013 · Read full review
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Review of A Very English Murder - Lucy Worsley

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Dark Deeds in God's Own Country

Advantages: Interesting, well-researched
Disadvantages: Slightly dull format

Criminal history specialist, Stephen Wade, has put together a handy reference guide to some of Yorkshire’s most unscrupulous characters and sinister crimes. However, don’t expect to read about the most infamous of them all, Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire ...

moistbabe 12.10.2013 · Read full review
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Review of A-Z of Yorkshire Murder - Stephen Wade

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Murder in the Summerhouse

Advantages: A concise account of an intriguing case, captured the flavour of the period
Disadvantages: Feels a bit sketchy, lacking in analysis

In 1908 a wealthy lady, Mrs Caroline Luard, was murdered in a Kent village, shot dead in an isolated summerhouse. Describing it as “one of the great unresolved mysteries of the twentieth century”, Minette Walters reconstructs this true crime story in an ...

moistbabe 05.05.2013 · Read full review
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Review of A Dreadful Murder The Mysterious Death of Caroline Luard - Minette Walters

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Diagnosing Evil

Advantages: Informative, compelling
Disadvantages: Disturbing, heavy going at times

...This book tells the story of Britain’s most prolific serial killer. Harold Shipman murdered over 250 patients in the course of his career as a doctor. This book has been updated to provide information about the killings that took place in the early year ...

moistbabe 20.11.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Harold Shipman - Prescription for Murder - Brian Whittle