‘Move to Murder’ by Antony M Brown

Move to Murder

Liverpool, 1931. A telephone message is left for insurance agent William Wallace at his chess club, informing him that a Mr Qualtrough would like to meet him concerning an endowment policy. But following the instructions the next evening, Wallace finds the address he’s been given doesn’t exist. Returning home, he discovers his wife Julia has been battered to death.

The murder of Julia Wallace at 29 Wolverton Street on 20th January 1931, is one of the most puzzling cases in British history. It has remained unsolved due to the lack of solid evidence, but in this new exploration of the case, Antony M Brown examines trial transcripts, police reports, witness statements and prosecution files to explore every aspect of the case.

Taking the evidence of the telephone call as one of the key elements in the murder, the author traces the movements of each of the ‘players’ involved and looks at who had the opportunity to make that call and why. Using detailed maps, photos and street plans, he arrives at five possible conclusions. But which one is right? In a new twist on every true-crime reader’s wet dream, the author invites readers to cast their own online vote as a member of the cold case jury.

A meticulously-researched, and thoroughly absorbing book that will thrill true-crime readers everywhere.

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  5 comments for “‘Move to Murder’ by Antony M Brown

  1. 15/04/2020 at 9:48 PM

    Colin, thank you for posting this. I still find the Wallace case genuinely perplexing. Was Wallace innocent or guilty? I still find myself asking this question even now. BTW, my latest title in the Cold Case Jury series was published earlier this year. Poisoned at The Priory is about the infamous Bravo case from 1876. AMB.


    • 16/04/2020 at 9:14 AM

      Hi Antony, thanks for dropping by. Yes, it’s a real puzzle and your theories make it even more of a challenge, opening up every possible solution. Nice work. BTW, I also reviewed ‘The Green Bicycle Mystery’ a while ago and have ‘Death of and Actress’ and ‘Poisoned at The Priory’ on my to-read list. 😉


  2. 19/02/2019 at 6:54 AM

    Fascinating stuff, Colin


    • 19/02/2019 at 7:02 AM

      It is, Robbie, and I loved the idea of voting in the online jury bit.


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