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Old 08-21-2016, 07:04 AM
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Hi,

Like a lot of people here, I have literally thousands of books about true crime. I prefer real books to e-books.

I have now run out of good reads.

If I do a run down of my preferences perhaps somebody can help me find some murders that I don't already have in my collection.

I would prefer Victorian era or onwards, but I'm open to any good read.

Unsolved crimes are okay because I quite enjoy the whodunnit element.

I'm sorry to say that I don't really want any more Jack the Ripper books in my collection.

Anything along the lines of the Julia Wallace murder is the kind of thing that I am looking for.

If anyone else enjoys these type of whodunnit true murder mysteries then I can recommend a few to them.....my personal favourites:

The Dominici Affair by Jean LaBorde. I've lost count of the times I've read this gripping story. A very British family were murdered whilst on holiday in France in 1952.

The Riddle of Birdhurst Rise by Richard Whittington-Egan. Victorian genteel society in leafy Croydon was shocked by these murders, all victims in the same family. The poisoner is obvious (imo) but this person gets away with killing three people, maybe more? I've also read this one a lot of times. Gripping stuff!
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:56 AM
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Hi Louisa,

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The Dominici Affair by Jean LaBorde. I've lost count of the times I've read this gripping story. A very British family were murdered whilst on holiday in France in 1952.
Quite agree! Without giving the game away to anyone who doesn't know about this case but would like to find out more, the Drummonds were not the only Brits murdered on the Continent, post-war, and for long there has been a theory that the killings were linked. As far as I'm aware, no-one was ever brought to book for these murders.

A great read and a great mystery!

One of my own absolute favourite unsolved crimes is the 1983 murder of wealthy lawyer Janice Weston, but so far as I'm aware no-one has yet published a full-length account of it - which kind of surprises me.

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Old 08-21-2016, 08:16 AM
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Crikey. I'd not heard of the Dominici Affair before, but the basic details - British scientist and family holidaying in France found shot in a lay by - sound remarkably like the Annecy murders of a few years ago.
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:12 AM
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Fiction, and not a book, but worth mentioning :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCgHSMHP7hg
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:43 AM
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Hi Graham,

Thanks for your reply.

Somebody was brought to book for the murder of the Drummonds. A local man whose pride was hurt by this posh English family who camped on (what he considered to be) his land.

I'm not spoiling the story because this lovable old Frenchman is the prime suspect right from the start - but proving it? And what about the pathetic attempts by his large family to cover up for him?

His grandson Alain (now grown up of course) is all for the idiotic conspiracy theory, which in my opinion, is frankly ridiculous. Just because Drummond was a scientist he has to also have been a spy - on a secret mission - and using his family as a smoke screen!

They were simply an English family having a wonderful motoring holiday in the south of France and picked the wrong place to camp.

The detective was heroic imo and laid the truth bare.

Fascinating stuff!
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:14 AM
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Interesting case - Orson Welles got involved in it too. He was in France at the time, raising money for his own films, and was doing a series on French television, and he went to the local of the Drummond murders, and interviewed people involved in the case. It was for his television show, and the French government clamped down on what he was doing. If you look up Welles or Dominici on "You Tube" (and understand French) you can see the surviving film he shot.

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Old 08-21-2016, 12:48 PM
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Hi Louisa,

I can definitely recommend Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, by Robert Kolker. The book examines the possibility of a Long Island serial killer, with a particular focus on the lives of the victims, and was described by the New York Times as "Riveting and Heartbreaking." I completely agree.

I could also recommend a couple of e-books that I've read recently: Move to Murder, an exhaustive examination of the intriguing Wallace murder, and Poisoning at the Priory, a nineteenth century mystery concerning the poisoning of Charles Bravo. Was it suicide, murder or a case of misadventure?

With both of these books you can go onto a website-Cold Case Jury-and vote for your preferred solution, after which you can access the author's own conclusions.

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Hi Louisa,

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Somebody was brought to book for the murder of the Drummonds. A local man whose pride was hurt by this posh English family who camped on (what he considered to be) his land.
I think there was a leeeetle bit more to it than that; but I won't be a spoilsport.

Dominici was actually pardoned by Presidential decree, an extremely rare occurrence in France, and questions have been asked with regard to how much certain persons in high office knew about this case.

Just to whet your appetite and maybe set you thinking, how much do you know - or even, have you heard? - of the Cartland Case of 1973?

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Hi, Louisa.

Here is a link to a selection of books about serial killers, mostly in the 20th century.

http://www.the-line-up.com/8-disturb...erial-killers/

I don't know how good any of those titles are, though I did read one book about the BTK killer which was very frightening.

My favorite true crime book is Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.
https://www.amazon.com/Devil-White-C...=UTF8&qid=&sr=
This book combines the history of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago with H. H. Holmes's "murder hotel", also in Chicago and in operation at the same time. It's very readable and quite fascinating.
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:03 PM
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Hi, Louisa.

Here is a link to a selection of books about serial killers, mostly in the 20th century.

http://www.the-line-up.com/8-disturb...erial-killers/

I don't know how good any of those titles are, though I did read one book about the BTK killer which was very frightening.

My favorite true crime book is Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.
https://www.amazon.com/Devil-White-C...=UTF8&qid=&sr=
This book combines the history of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago with H. H. Holmes's "murder hotel", also in Chicago and in operation at the same time. It's very readable and quite fascinating.
Larson also wrote "Thunderstruck" which is about Marconi's struggles to create "wireless telegraphy" from 1899 to 1910, and the parallel story of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen and the murder of his wife Cora, whose capture with his mistress Ethel Le Neve fleeing to Canada on the "S.S. Montrose", was due to the use of wireless.

Also I recommend Edwards Stears' "Blood on the Moon", an excellent in depth retelling of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Also James Swanson wrote a terrific account of the national response in searching for John Wilkes Booth, named "Manhunt".

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