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Thought-provoking and very readable
on 12 September 2013
I was attracted to this work by a report of the fiftieth anniversary of what came to be known as the "Pretty Windows" murder, a baffling murder mystery which is still unsolved. I am intrigued by unsolved cases, so I was very pleased to see it had been featured in this book, which contains accounts of a number of cases where the culprit was never caught.
The most famous case is probably that of Wendy Sewell, as the events surrounding her supposed killer (who was later released from prison) made the national headlines a few years back. The matter is handled very well by the writer, but it is worth saying that all the cases featured are extremely thought-provoking. There are times the author mentions a suspect who seems on the surface to be the guilty party, but then reveals that the person involved was questioned and cleared by police, leaving the case virtually back at square one.
There has obviously been a considerable amount of research carried out for each case, which is always very gratifying when dealing with true crime. This means that we not only have a full picture of what took place, but we can also have a great deal of trust in the accounts provided.
It's interesting to note, too, just how eerie the murder scenes were in some of the cases featured. Many of them took place in deserted areas and you realise that, going back only a few decades, many areas of the country were yet to experience the urban planning we have now and really were cut off from the rest of the world. This no doubt explains why they remain unsolved: it was not simply a question of forensics being less developed then, but the geographical factor often helped the murderer to escape.
This is a very worthwhile contribution to true crime works, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.