Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion

A history of the discovery, uses and abuses of chloroform from 1831 to the present. Chloroform revolutionised surgery, but also caused hundreds of sudden deaths, the cause of which was a hotly-debated mystery in which physicians took sides and hurled insults at each other in the medical press.




More Essex Murders

This chilling follow-up to Essex Murders brings together more true cases, dating between 1823 and 1960, that shocked not only the county but also made headline news across the nation.




The Crooks Who Conned Millions

This lively and engaging book tells the stories of some of the biggest fraudsters of the nineteenth century. From the largest fraud on the London Stock Exchange - in which naval hero Lord Cochrane was accused of initiating a rumour that Napoleon had been defeated so that the value of millions of pounds worth of shares which he held would be inflated - to the extraordinary story of Mary Baker, the daughter of a cobbler from Devonshire who fooled society as 'Princess Caraboo of Javasu', this is a fascinating book.

The Poisonous Seed

In 1880, 19 year old Frances Doughty is assisting her ailing father in his Bayswater chemist's shop. When a wealthy customer dies after drinking medicine dispensed at the shop, her father is blamed, and the business collapses. Frances is convinced that the customer was murdered and the only way to prove it is for her to become a detective...


Kent Murders

Among the gruesome cases featured here are the doctor who was poisoned with morphine in Faversham; the couple who were brutally battered to death in their beds in Chislehurst; and the strange death of a young German man whose body was discovered with one hand missing on Ramsgate beach. All manner of murder and mystery are included here, making Kent Murders a must-read for true crime enthusiasts everywhere.

The Daughters of Gentlemen

The sequel to The Poisonous Seed is Frances Doughty's first case as a private detective. With curious goings-on at a respectable private school for well brought up girls, the governors naturally call in a lady detective to investigate, but soon it becomes a case of murder. As election fever hits Bayswater and the formidable ladies of the Bayswater Women's Suffrage Society swing into action, Frances discovers the dark secrets that lie behind the lace curtains.

Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

The Illustrated Police News is often dismissed as a crude publication which aimed to thrill the undiscerning reader with gruesome pictures. Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities sets out to correct that belief by demonstrating the diversity of its subject matter, examining its social and political agenda and revealing the power and compassion in its images.


Middlesex Murders

Middlesex Murders brings together numerous murderous tales, some of which were little known outside the county, and others which made national headlines. Contained within the pages of this book are the stories behind some of the most heinous crimes ever committed in Middlesex.



Essex Murders

The county of Essex has rolling arable farmland, Epping Forest, sleepy villages, busy market towns and secluded backwaters - a wide variety of settings for murder. This selection of crimes uncovers not only famous cases, but also previously unpublished dramatic and tragic tales.



Greater London Murders

This compendium brings together thirty-three murderous tales - one from each of the capital's boroughs - that not only shocked the City but made headline news across the country. Throughout its history the great urban sprawl of Greater London has been home to some of the most shocking murders in England, many of which have made legal history.


Gloucestershire Murders

Contained within the pages of Gloucestershire Murders are the stories behind some of the most notorious murders in the county's history. The cases covered include the most fascinating but least known crimes, as well as famous murders that gripped not just Gloucestershire but the whole nation.


Fraudsters and Charlatans

(Paperback edition of The Crooks who Conned Millions) - This lively and engaging book tells the stories of some of the biggest fraudsters of the nineteenth century.




A Case of Doubtful Death

Dr Mackenzie’s Lifehouse on the edge of Kensal Green Cemetery is a very unusual mortuary. Designed to reassure its patrons that they need never fear being buried alive, it stores corpses until they begin to decompose and are undeniably beyond revival. One night, with Bayswater blanketed in a choking fog, Mackenzie dies and his assistant vanishes. In the world of the Victorian dead, decay, burial, exhumations and post mortems will follow, and Frances' investigations will take her deep into the catacombs.

An Appetite for Murder

The sudden death of overweight 49-year-old Thomas Whibley sparks off an acrimonious furore in Bayswater, and sparks fly between rival diet doctors, vegetarians and the extremist Pure Food Society. Young sleuth Frances Doughty is engaged to discover the author of anonymous libels...