on 4 September 2013
What a little gem of a book this is; `little' being the operative word, since it's only 56 pages long.
But the length of `The Victorian Detective' hardly matters; it sparkles on every page and with a wide range of illustrations, it's informative but most importantly - it flows. The authors, Alan Moss and Keith Skinner, have crammed the book chock-a-block full of facts and with their combined writing skills, they have arrived at a highly readable account of the Metropolitan Police during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Did you know the Detective Branch was formed following an assassination attempt on the Queen, because after thirteen years in existence there were no detectives in the Force? No, and neither did I, but this event, plus the Fenian attacks on mainland Britain, the Trial of the Detectives and the `Jack the Ripper' murders are all collated in this `must-read' book.
Will Moss & Skinner be penning `The Edwardian Detective'? I hope so; I'll be the first in the queue.