Death and Destruction on the Thames in London by Anthony Galvin
Thank you to Sapere Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Thames runs through the heart of London, and acts as a silent witness to London's history and as unwitting accomplice to death and destruction.
The book looks at the history of the Thames and it's surrounding areas, spanning from the time of the Romans to the present day and covers everything from shipwrecks to murder.
It's a great book for reading front to back or for dipping in and out of whichever you prefer. There were a few errors in historical facts and locations but these can be forgiven as I still found the book to be quite an interesting read and full of fascinating stories.
I don't think anyone can read this book and quite not look at the Thames in the same light again
If you enjoy your history this is definitely a book you should read.
Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime – 25 Oct 2018 by Claire Harman
In exchange for a fair review I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley
On the morning of the 6th May, 1840, Lord William Russell was found murdered in his bed in a seemingly safe, Mayfair street by his servants.
The author goes into great detail about the police investigation and the subtenant trial of Lord William Russell's Swiss valet ,which makes for interesting reading.
The book also takes a look at a novel about Jack Sheppard which at the time of the murder was very popular. It was also at one time the reason he give for killing his master saying in a statement it had influenced his decision to kill his master.
But I was sadly disappointed with the book, it was not because the book was badly written because it wasn't .I just felt let down towards the end it felt like book was padded out with paragraphs on the writer's Dickens and Thackeray which made feel like I was reading a different book.
However this is only my opinion and someone other then myself my find this interesting.
Over all a well written and thoroughly researched book and recommended to these who enjoy true crime.