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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2014
Having previously read this author s first two True Crime books and thoroughly enjoyed them I found this latest glimpse into the darker side of Victorian society just as interesting informative and well written. Each case is fascinating in its own right most were new to me and all revealed extensive research.Strongly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2015
As with his other books, Mr Farrell's writing keeps the reader enthralled - quite why we are so enthralled by murder is for others to say, but we are. He is one of the very best writers of true-life crime, and for those who prefer the murders to have been a long time ago, probably the best. This book details a number of Victorian murders, setting the scene and then describing the events and their aftermath superbly. There have been more in-depth accounts of some of the murders - the Rugeley Poisoner, for example - but this book gives all the relevant facts and information without ever dragging its heels, yet doesn't rush past each one as some books do. A great read for those who enjoy real-life crime. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2014
This is the third book by Mr Farrell that I have read, and it's just as good as the previous two. Love how he writes, informative and interesting. Am looking forward to book number 4!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2014
I love social and criminal history from the Victorian era. Each account kept me reading and no sooner than I turned the last page I was back on Kindle to by the next volume
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2015
A good selection of historical crime from the period, with a few lesser known cases. Discussion of each case was short, but succinct.
There were a few odd formatting errors but overall a very enjoyable read. I'll definitely be reading other books by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2015
Very well written - brilliant. However, on the negative side: It would've been flawless save for a few oversights with regard to the proof reading - only needs a few changes here and there (not easy to spot actually). But, I love reading his books - will buy more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2015
If you like Victorian murders you'll enjoy this. Not heard of any of them before, and really good to read a book where I've not heard of the murders before. Really enjoyed it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
Excellent account of some harrowing cases and explanations of the context, especially the chapter on trains and on prostitution. Well written and a page turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2014
interesting mix of famous and obscure cases, written in a well informed and sometimes quite humorous style,a must for true crime fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2014
Carefully and informatively written. An interesting view of crime and the legal process before the scientific/forensic age.
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