I would agree with the previous reviews of this book. It is extremely well-written, meticulously researched and offers so much more than the usual re-telling of the Whitechapel murders. An excellent and informative read.
I bought this for my sister, who is mad on whitechapel and Jack the Ripper, (as am I) on arrival the book was a lot thinner than I imagined, but after flicking though it looks to contain some interesting cases that are well worth reading.
As someone who has read more than his fair share of books on crime in the east end of London, I was beginning to think that I'd read everything there was to read on this fascinating area. But then along comes this wonderful book by M. W. Oldridge, to enlighten me further on the many dark deeds committed in Whitechapel and its environs.
Many will be familiar with the story of Jack the Ripper, and the story is very well covered in one of the chapters of this book. Many will be aware that the east end had always been an area mired in crime and poverty, and yet, books devoted solely to Jack very rarely mention anything else of the areas criminal history. Mr Oldridge's book elegantly puts this to right, with six other very well written chapters covering crimes committed between 1874 and 1911. The reader is kept engrossed in the seven true stories featured, not only because of the subject matter, but also because of the author's excellent writing style, where usual writer's cliches are avoided. In addition to this, the book is very well illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, including some which are previously unpublished anywhere else.
A truly wonderful book, which I do not hesitate in recommending to anyone interested in the fascinating history of crime in the east end of London.
My daughter was delighted to receive this extremely well researched and very well illustrated book. She is very interested in Jack The Ripper and the whole White chapel area ,she was very appreciative of this book as a birthday gift and looks forward to more works by this author.
Some really nice touches in this book including detailed insights I have not seen before. Much more interesting and clearly more thoroughly researched than your average Jack the Ripper paperback. Great work, I would love to see the writer apply his skill to some of the lesser known cases featured and publish those in more detail in the future too.
Excellent book. New cases, sympathetically handled and with a style revealing the research which has clearly gone into it. The author clearly loves his subject. I was wholly engrossed as I read it from cover to cover.