Finally, a book that looks more into the lives of the Ripper’s victims rather than giving all of the attention to the killer himself. From what it shows, the victims have often been misrepresented up to this point. It discusses the false belief at the time that the women chose to be prostitutes rather than be respectable housewives, like they had a choice. Also, how they were often portrayed as dirty, drunken women, stumbling around looking for their next hookup. I found this honest look into the victim’s lives much more interesting than yet another ho-hum attempt at guessing who the Ripper is again. A fresh look at the story with a bit more realistic look at how things really were for poor women back then in many cases, instead of the hogwash that’s been carried down through the years.
It shares information on each of the victims, making them more real people rather than characters in a story. The advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Dr. Robert Hume, and the publisher.
Publisher: Pen & Sword – 168 pages
Published: Jan 2nd, 2020
RATED: 4/5 Stars
The Author- Now an author and freelance feature writer, Dr Robert Hume was former head of history at Hillview School, Tonbridge, and Clarendon House Grammar School, Ramsgate, Kent. He writes regularly for magazines such as BBC History, History Today and the Irish Examiner. This is his first book for Pen and Sword.
The Kray’s London: A History and Guide
This is a guide to all places Kray involved when it comes to London for anyone who is a fan or interested in them. It covers everything from where they went to school, the places they lived and the gym they boxed in growing up, to all of their favorite haunts, whether for pie and eel, or other delicacies and where they liked to go on a night out. They opened their first club at age 20, The Regal in 1954. Other clubs would follow. They used them as a place to hang out with their cronies and discuss their criminal dealings.
I found it quite interesting, the background and the anecdotes on the twins themselves that are weaved throughout. If you have an interest in the Krays or East End crime in this period, you might want to check this out then. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Caroline Allen, and the publisher.
Publisher: Pen & Sword – 176 pages
Publication: Dec 19, 2019
RATED: 4/5 Stars
The Author– Caroline Elvin is an author and journalist. Her grandfather cut the hair of the Kray twins for ten years and was even picked up and taken to ‘secret locations’ whilst they were on the run. Caroline has spent her life researching and hearing stories about them and would like to share her knowledge to help people build a picture of the real Kray twins.
This book is about 13 murders in Britain that went unsolved between the mid 1857 and 1957, each laid out in separate chapters. These murders were all ones I hadn’t already read about, so that was even more interesting to me. I dived right in and found them enjoyable reading, starting with Chapter 1. The Poisoning of Emile L’Angelier – The Madeline Smith mystery, 1857. Chapter 2. Bradford’s Jack the Ripper – The murder of John Gill 1888. Chapter 3. The Country House Shooting – The murder of Windsor Dudley Cecil Hambrough, 1893. Chapter 4. The Baby Killer- The murder of Rees Thomas Yells Brandish, 1897. Chapter 5. The Peasenhall Mystery – The murder of Rose Harsent; Chapter 6. The Camden Town Murder- The murder of Emily Dimmock. Chapter 7. The Summer House Shooting – The murder of Caroline Mary Luard 1908. Chapter 8. The Kidwelly Poisoning- The murder of Mabel Greenwood 1919. Chapter 9. The Railway Murder -The murder of Florence Nightingale Shore, 1920. Chapter 10. The Burning Car Mystery – The murder of Evelyn Foster, 1931. Chapter 11. A Case of Ballistics – The murder of Doctor Angelos Zemenides, 1933. Chapter 12. The Country Estate Murders – The murder of George and Lillian Peach, 1952. Chapter 13. The Freezer Murder – The murder of Anne Noblett, 1957.
This is a good read for true crime lovers who enjoy a mystery and like cold cases. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Kevin Turton, and the publisher.
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Publication: Dec 19th, 2019
RATING: 4/5 Stars
The Author- Born at Bradgate in Rotherham, Kevin Turton has been writing books on true crime and local history for over twenty years. Now based in Northamptonshire, where he has lived for twenty-five years, he has also written about the counties involvement in both World Wars and its murderous past and is currently researching his own family history.