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Jonathan Oates
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30 Sep 2010
You may think Richmond, Kingston and the neighbouring districts are prosperous, safe and law-abiding in comparison to the hazardous, crime-prone centre of London, but you would be mistaken. For, as Jonathan Oates shows in this gripping book, appalling crimes have shocked the local community and left their mark on the history of the area over the last two centuries. Among the sensational criminal cases he reconstructs in chilling, forensic detail are the murder of the French count and countess who fled the reign of terror in revolutionary France only to become the victims of their own servant, the bigamist suspected of poisoning, the female servant who was hanged for chopping up her mistress, the poverty-stricken elderly couple who swallowed belladonna in a suicide pact, the jobless accountant who shot his three children and committed suicide, and the killing of two teenage girls who were assaulted, then stabbed, then thrown in the Thames. As he takes the reader through these stories of malice, perversion and despair, Jonathan Oates reveals the dark, sometimes lethal side of the history of Richmond and Kingston.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wharncliffe Books (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845631250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845631253
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,466,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly executed 7 Jan 2014
Please forgive the unintended pun in the title. The whole Foul Deeds series could've been so good. But the author's grasp of grammar and syntax really leaves a lot to be desired, a typical example being:

"On the previous night they had been with Joy Woolveridge, and had been at York House, Twickenham, at a dance."

This is one example amongst hundreds. Also, the author relies heavily on repeating verbatim accounts taken from public records. As I've already said, a good idea poorly executed, regretfully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Foul Deeds 11 Oct 2010
Having done some research myself at the London Metropolitan Archives and seen how long it can take to extract the relevant information, I am amazed at Jonathan's sheer volume of research that he has undertaken.
Not only is it well researched but vastly entertaining and absorbing as well. A real pager turner.
I was fascinated by the gruesomeness of the crimes and transfixed like a rabbit frozen in ther headlights of a car.
It is compelling reading and also set in an interesting area. Richmond and Kingston are areas well known to a lot of people. I think it is the middle-class suburban setting that I found most enthralling.
To think that such strange deeds go on in such places is amazing and slightly frightening. The very ordinaryness of these places is suddenly challenged and we look at these areas with a more revealing insight.
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