I regret buying this book for several reasons, not least because it is a superficial account of murders committed in the county of Lancashire. It includes several notorious cases, such as the Brides in the Bath and the violent death of Mrs Wallace. They achieved national notoriety for the former involved a serial killer, the latter because the murderer remained unknown until quite recently. Do not expect a cool description of the facts from this book, or anything approaching analysis of the forensic evidence. The Brides case in fact made the name of Sir Bernard Spilsbury for his acute and percipient analysis of the bodies, and the cause of death. Hayworth blithely ignores the vital forensic contribution that Spilsbury made in cracking the case, despite apparently consulting the archives. But it is the Wallace case which receives the worst treatment. After a very superficial account of the facts of the case, he dismisses without any supporting evidence the strong case made against Richard Gordon Parry, who was supected initially of involvement, but then dropped by the enquiry. Evidence implicating this man included a car he was driving the night of the murder which contained a blood soaked glove (cleaned up in a local garage). Mr Wallace, meantime, was accused and then convicted of killing his own wife, but it was a completely motiveless murder. The jury decision was overturned in a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal, and Parry remained free, until his exposure a few years ago. Haywoth rejects the vital evidence of the blood soaked glove, and the criminal behaviour of Parry, and concludes that Mr Wallace was the murderer. It flies in the face of much evidence, and the author brings little to support his case. Old cases do deserve re-analysis, but it is not provided by this book.