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ISBN: 9780857040596
AUTHOR: Patricia Gray
Cornwall Murder Files
Cornwall Murder Files
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In this intriguing book Patricia Gray documents a dozen cases of murder committed in Cornwall in the later decades of the last century and five in the present. Each in their time caused something of a sensation, as murders always do in small communities. The death sentence was still available to judges who heard a number of these cases, adding a further lurid quality to the public interest in them.

The author has selected crimes which give coverage of the whole county, including one in the Isles of Scilly. The motive for each varies, some the result of robberies gone wrong, others caused by lovers’ passions, greed and jealousy. In a number of instances the murderer faced the ultimate penalty, in others acquittal came following lengthy trials. The book ends with a number of murders as yet unsolved.

The following chapters are included:

Constantine: The Invisible Man • Falmouth: A Quick Cop • Isles of Scilly: Cruelty • Lewannick: Blue Sandwiches • Mylor: A Heart Of Stone • Porkellis: A Promise • St Austell: Mad or Bad? • Seaton: Frenzy • The Lizard: The Spirit of Love • Tregonissey: Poison • Wadebridge: Guy Fawkes’ Night • Mystery Remains: The Unsolved Cases.

Patricia Gray lives in Plymouth. She is the author of a number of books on local history including Graverobbers and Bodysnatchers in Devon, also published by Halsgrove.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 059 6, paperback, 210x148mm, 112 pages. Published August 2010.

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Graverobbers & Bodysnatchers in DevonGraverobbers & Bodysnatchers in Devon - £8.99
Centred on the port of Plymouth, this fascinating book by Patricia Gray tells the story of Thomas Vaughan, body snatcher, who for 13 years supplied fresh corpses to some of the most eminent surgeons in the country. It also provides an intriguing historical background to the tidal wave of lawlessness that swept across Devon at the beginning of the nineteenth century – murder, theft and scandal fuelled by a society in crisis.
Norfolk PoisonersNorfolk Poisoners - £8.99
Norfolk Poisoners by Pamela Brooks is aimed at readers who enjoy local history and stories of true crimes. This is one of the few books which deals specifically with the murders around Norwich and Norfolk. The book covers 15 or so actual crimes from the heyday of poisoning – the nineteenth-century – introducing us to the murderers, their victims and the investigations, based on contemporary reports, trial records and gallows broadsheets. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Suffolk Ghosts & LegendsSuffolk Ghosts & Legends - £8.99
The ancient buildings that stand in the Suffolk landscape are often associated with the supernatural and stories of strange events. Pamela Brooks is a self-confessed ‘addict of ruins and ancient buildings’ Here lurk the Suffolk based spirits of murdered monarchs, ghostly grey monks and saints seeking revenge!
Murder and Mystery on ExmoorMurder and Mystery on Exmoor - £4.95
We have almost lost count of how many times Jack Hurley's ever popular tales have been reprinted. Great nightime reading!
The Somerset MurdersThe Somerset Murders - £16.99
Set amid the rolling hills and rural communities of Somerset, these five stories by W. Maud Williams include many of the psychological elements that accompany real-life murders and the events surrounding their investigation. Sudden death set against a genteel portrayal of rural England.
Web Price: £8.99
10.42 EUR 11.24 USD 14.73 AUD

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