True Crime: Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A Victorian Murder Mystery Solved by Paul Thomas Murphy (Head of Zeus, 2016, 270 pgs.) Greenwich, 1871. Before the Ripper caught the public’s horror and the media’s imagination, there was the awful murder of sixteen-year-old Jane Clouson. Discovered brutally disfigured in a quiet country lane, Jane’s murder led… Continue reading True Crime: Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

True Crime: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter (Head of Zeus, 2014, 384 pgs.) 1937. When pinup model, Veronica Gedeon, her mother, and their English boarder are found dead from strangulation and stabbing in their New York City apartment, the media devolves into a rabid frenzy of rumour, conjecture, and modern myth-making. Who killed this beautiful young model, whose… Continue reading True Crime: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

True Crime: Dark Secrets of the Black Museum by Gordon Honeycombe

Dark Secrets of the Black Museum by Gordon Honeycombe (John Blake, 2014, 498 pgs) A selection of some of the most shocking and infamous crimes in British legal history, as they run parallel to the development of the police force. Preserved by Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, the accounts here, told chronologically, depict acts of violence, robbery,… Continue reading True Crime: Dark Secrets of the Black Museum by Gordon Honeycombe

Best Reads of 2017

During 2017, I read thirty-four books (not including graphic novels, comics, etc.) and this is a quick little post of the most memorable, with special mentions at the bottom for those which I absolutely loved, regardless. Nonfiction: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi (Arrow, Kindle ed., 1975, 2015, USA –… Continue reading Best Reads of 2017

True Crime: ‘The Cases That Haunt Us’ (2000) & ‘Mindhunter’ (1995)

John E. Douglas is one of the most well known true crime writers today, inspiring authors a-plenty with his varied career as one of the first modern criminal profilers who worked within the FBI, formerly as a Special Agent. His numerous books chronicle not only his career in the field but also the history of criminal… Continue reading True Crime: ‘The Cases That Haunt Us’ (2000) & ‘Mindhunter’ (1995)

Best Reads of 2016

Over the course of 2016, I managed to read a total of twenty-eight books, both non-fiction and fiction. Yep. So close to thirty. So very close. That’s 2017’s goal sorted then. That can go on the New Years Resolutions. And so, for the first post of 2017, I’m going to list four books I particularly enjoyed reading;… Continue reading Best Reads of 2016