Category: True Crime

‘The Poisonous Solicitor’ by Stephen Bates

My Review (5 stars out of 5) In 1922, solicitor Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong was tried and found guilty of killing his wife by poisoning her with arsenic. Hanged for her murder, the case caused a scandal not only in Hay-on-Wye where he lived but across the whole country.  My first introduction to this story…

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‘Catch Me If You Can’ by Frank W. Abagnale with Stan Redding

My Review (3 stars out of 5) (Audiobook) In the nineteen sixties, American Frank W. Abagnale, while utilising several aliases, became one of the cleverest con men the world has ever seen. Posing as an airline pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and sociology professor, he forged thousands of cheques, stayed free of charge in hundreds…

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‘The Dublin Railway Murder’ by Thomas Morris

My Review (5 stars out of 5) (Audiobook) Dublin, November 1856: When the chief cashier of the Broadstone railway terminus is found dead in his office, his colleagues assume he must have committed suicide. But further investigation uncovers the truth – George Little has been murdered. Most baffling is the fact that Little’s office door…

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‘Yorkshire Ripper – The Secret Murders’ by Chris Clark and Tim Tate

My Review (5 stars out of 5) Known as the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe was convicted in 1981 of killing thirteen women. Though it’s long been understood that West Yorkshire police might’ve caught him earlier if they hadn’t only focused on murdered prostitutes, what is generally not known about are all the other murders that…

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‘Black Dahlia Avenger’ by Steve Hodel

My Review (5 stars out of 5) The murder of Elizabeth Short (known as the Black Dahlia) has remained unsolved for more than fifty years. Now, former LAPD detective Steve Hodel believes he has uncovered the killer. Following a death in his family, Hodel found documents that set him off on a murder hunt, unearthing…

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‘A Passion for Poison’ by Carol Ann Lee

My Review (5 stars out of 5) In post-war Britain, teenager Graham Young developed an interest in poisons. Reading and researching everything he could about his soon-to-be obsession, the fourteen-year-old landed himself in court after trying out his experiments on people. Charged with poisoning a schoolfriend and members of his own family, he was diagnosed…

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