The History Press

Books published by The History Press

Criminal Britain

A look at some of Britain’s darkest criminal cases in a picture anthology from the files of the Daily Mirror.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by John Cleal

Dark City

Muggers, rapists, gangsters, looters and killers roamed the wartime streets full of vice girls and servicemen with money to burn. Some of the most violent and spectacular crimes and criminals of the period are revisited.

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by John Cleal

Crossing the Line of Duty

An account of how senior CID officers fraternised with underworld figures, paid off witnesses and struck dodgy deals to imprison innocent men.

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by John Cleal

Murder by Numbers: Fascinating Figures Behind the World’s Worst Crimes

How numbers feature in murders, their detection, and the punishment of killers.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Kim Fleet

Lockerbie: The Truth

On December 21 1988, a passenger airliner blew up in the sky above the small Scottish town of Lockerbie. The events leading up to the tragedy and the subsequent trial of one suspect is examined.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Fiona Spence

The Black Panther

January 1975. A girl is missing. But this is no teenage prank, as her mother and the whole of Britain is about to find out.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Royal Ghost

A scandalous booklet attracts the attention of spiritualist Arthur Wallace Hope – and also young Mina Scarletti, a writer of horror stories and investigator of psychic phenomena, who suspects fraud.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by John Cleal

Modern Crimes

WPC Lottie Armstrong, one of Leeds’ first women officers, battles prejudice and ignorance and she struggles to find a missing girl and solve a murder.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by John Cleal

Murder by Ghostlight

Journalist, social reformer, novelist and actor Charles Dickens returns to the theatre where he has been appearing to find a member of the cast shot dead and a weapon on the stage – and is arrested as prime suspect with a smoking gun in his hand.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by John Cleal

The Children of Silence

A body is found in the Paddington canal basin and a woman with a hearing impairment claims it is that of her husband, who disappeared three years before. She appeals to Frances Doughty, the lady detective, to help her prove her case.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by John Cleal

A Fatal Freedom

Would-be PI Ursula Grandison and her friend and former detective Thomas Jackman face a maze of blackmail and murder as they track a clever and ruthless killer.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by John Cleal


When a client mysteriously dies, private investigator Eden Grey is plunged into a web of evil while her own past threatens to come back to haunt her.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by John Cleal

The Lord Bishop's Clerk

No-one is sorry when the Bishop of Winchester’s manipulative, spying, clerk is found bludgeoned to death before the altar at Pershore Abbey. But Serjeant Catchpoll, thief-taker to Worcester’s Sheriff, must discover who did it and why.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by John Cleal

Whited Sepulchres

Edwin Weaver must solve the killing of the earl’s household marshal which threatens to disrupt plans for the wedding of his sister. But there appears to be no motive and Edwin soon suspects there are other targets for the killer.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by John Cleal