As a retired court lawyer, it has never ceased to amaze me how badly advised Oscar Wilde was when he brought a private prosecution against the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel. The alleged libel took the form of a calling card left with the doorman at Wilde’s club in which Wilde was described as... Continue Reading →
Late Victorian London was not the best of places in which to be poor, if anywhere was. And its ‘East End’ was even less inviting, with unemployment, crime, disease and starvation the most obvious indicators that the very capital of Victoria’s proud Empire had become a running sore. When over one in ten of the... Continue Reading →
If you’re going to push your sister off a moving train, don’t do it somewhere where the Enright investigation team might be looking. When the body of a young woman is discovered inside a railway tunnel in a remote location in Wiltshire, the local police are baffled. Who was she, and where did she come... Continue Reading →
There was a huge irony in the fact that in late Victorian society, after half a century in which Queen Victoria had ruled supreme – and, for many years, alone – as the exalted head of the world’s largest empire, the lot of her lesser sisters down the social ladder was little better than it... Continue Reading →
A shadowy presence is haunting London. Can anyone shine a light on the darkness? London, 1891 The city is still reeling from the brutal Ripper killings and now women are once more being sexually harassed. Someone is breaking into their homes, stealing their undergarments and leaving threatening messages behind. With no valuables stolen and no... Continue Reading →
For a few short weeks in the Autumn of 1888, a silent horror stalking the badly lit streets of London’s Whitechapel posed another hazard for those seeking to scratch out an existence of sorts in one of Queen Victoria’s most notorious lower working class ghettos. Whoever it was didn’t even have a name until some... Continue Reading →
I'm very happy to reveal the cover for my new book The Gaslight Stalker which will be published by Sapere Books in the new year. The Gaslight Stalker is the first book in my new Victorian crime series, the Esther and Jack Enright Mysteries.
Keep an eye on my website for my upcoming books published by Sapere Books. First up we have The Gaslight Stalker, a thrilling Jack the Ripper mystery.
So what goes into the creation of an historical novelist? A self-belief bordering upon arrogance, limitless quantities of coffee (nicotine optional) and uncontested use of a computer with Internet access. It works for me, anyway. Second question – what goes into the creation of an historical novel? In my experience as both a reader and... Continue Reading →