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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.
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on 31 August 2013
I don't usually like reading unsolved murders because I don't like mysteries, but this book is so full of facts that in some of the cases you almost think you know "who done it", and made me wonder if Scott Lomax came to the same conclusions.
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on 20 July 2013
I read this book from cover to cover the first time I picked it up. I was fascinated to read that some of these tragic snippets of history happened in my local town over 100 years ago. Thoroughly interesting and well executed!
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on 12 May 2014
OK if all you want are facts, but the characters are not developed so it all seems a bit flat to me
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on 19 September 2014
Another great read in this series, another page turner... -if you like unsolved crime
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on 6 June 2010
Undeterred by Lomax's recent howler on the Bamber case, and the mediocre quality of Wharncliffe Books' deluge of true crime non-fiction, I bought this book via Amazon. It turned out that although published without any publicity, or any review coverage in the national newspapers, it is based on solid original research and well worth reading. Lomax, who surely must be a Derbyshire local, has dug deep in the original sources, and used his good judgment (which he seems to have left unconsulted when working on his Bamber book) to make what seems to be logical and independent deductions. The later chapters, on the Wendy Sewell, Barbara Mayo and Judith Roberts cases, were all thought-provoking. Derbyshire must have had some pretty clever murderers in those days, and some fairly mediocre detectives, who specialized in 'getting the village idiot to confess'.
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on 23 April 2015
Good and informative book. Let's just hope some if not all these murders can be finally solved for the sake of there families.
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on 16 July 2014
great reading
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on 21 July 2015
Satisfied
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on 22 January 2017
Brought as a gift, they were very pleased
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