With all my books, I have aimed to tell stories that not only draw readers into the past--whether it be Prohibition-era New York City, 1940s London at the height of the Blitz, or the wild days of 1880s San Francisco--but to entertain in such a way that readers forget they're reading nonfiction.
Such is the approach I took with my latest book, "The Case That Foiled Fabian." It details the strange 1945 murder of farm labourer Charles Walton in the sleepy English village of Lower Quinton. Many believe the murder to be the last ritual witchcraft killing in Britain. As a result, rumour and myth have overshadowed the facts in the years since the crime.
Scotland Yard dispatched its best man, Chief Inspector Robert Fabian, to bring the killer to justice. How hard would it be for a big city detective to solve the mystery in a village of only 493 people? But amidst the winding lanes and thatched roofs of the Cotswolds, the famed "Fabian of the Yard" faced the most challenging and unsettling case of his career.