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Edwardian Murder — Ightham and the Morpeth Train Robbery - Diane Janes

Sutton Publishing, 2007, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Light crease to the first blank otherwise a very well presented copy.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In August 1908, Caroline Luard was shot dead at an isolated summerhouse near Ightham in Kent. Shortly afterwards, amid mounting public suspicion, her husband, Major-General Charles Luard, killed himself. Nearly two years later, John Nisbet, a colliery cashier, was murdered on a train in Northumberland. He had been shot in the head five times and his leather bag with over £400 of wages was missing. On the face of it the murders seemed unconnected was this really the case? Three days after Nisbet’s murder, police arrested a man called John Dickman, who was subsequently tried and executed. The conviction relied on largely circumstantial evidence and was a source of widespread concern. In 1950 C.H. Norman, who was official shorthand writer at Dickman’s trial, wrote a memorandum that exposed an alleged conspiracy to frame Dickman for Nisbet’s murder, because the judge and prosecuting counsel believed him guilty of the murder of Caroline Luard, which remained officially unsolved. Drawing on recently released Home Office files, Diane Janes reveals the truth about C. H. Norman’s strange involvement in the case, exposes the myth about Major-General Luard’s ‘unbreakable’ alibi and raises a fascinating possibility about the proceeds of the train robbery. Vividly recreating the atmosphere of the Edwardian age, Edwardian Murder bears all the hallmarks of a traditional period murder — steam trains, revolvers, an isolated summerhouse, retired army officers and parlour maids, to say nothing of conspiracy theories, murder, suicide, an execution and a love story.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 306
ISBN: 0750947802

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