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Unsolved Murders of the UK (Hardback)

Cold Cases from 1951 to Present Day

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By Phil Drake
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 184
Illustrations: 80 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399032551
Published: 14th February 2024

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Unsolved Murders of the UK: Cold cases from 1951 to Present Day delves into the mysterious and haunting cases of individuals who were brutally taken from this world, yet their killers were never brought to justice. From mysterious disappearances to seemingly motiveless killings, as well as other cases that continue to perplex law enforcement, this book takes a closer look at the victims, the crimes and the police investigations, as well as the theories surrounding each case.

With a focus on the cold cases that have remained unsolved for decades, this book offers a comprehensive examination of the most intriguing and disturbing murders in the UK’s recent history. Join us as we explore the twisted minds of the killers and the relentless pursuit of justice for the victims and their families. This book will captivate true crime enthusiasts and armchair detectives alike.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Very interesting true crime cases. They were written without embellishments and were as fascinating as they were morbid.

NetGalley, Pat Pullum

I love a book filled with true crime stories!

Most of which I hadn’t heard which is fantastic since a big true crime junkie.

All the stories well were written and informative. This book is a must for any crime lovers.

NetGalley, Tasha Wood

I personally find it harrowing that there are still so many cold cases unsolved. That so many families are sat at home wondering what has happened to their loves ones, or sadly as time goes on something going to their own graves never knowing the truth of what happened or in some cases where their loved ones body are.

This books explores various cases from 1951 to Present Day. I think there are 60 in total, which is probably only a fraction of those the author could have chosen. Some of which are quite famous and I have heard about, and others that were new to me. What I really like about this book it that it is broken into small digestible sections on each case. So that you are not overwhelmed with too much information, it keeps details and known facts to the point. It is also written in a way that is respectful to anyone who may still have family members living.

I really like that books like this exist as well as various television programs that are still aired showing cold cases, incase it jogs peoples memories of something they might have forgotten seeing or as new forensic techniques might bring a breakthrough in evidence. I hope some of the families in this book get the closure they deserve one day and justice is down. RIP to all those people who were victims in this book and thoughts to their families.

NetGalley, Jade Clarke-Mackintosh

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a must for any true crime fans!

This bumper book of unsolved murders is both chilling and intriguing.
The way the book is laid out makes it's so easy to read. Each story is short yet packed with information. All very well written.
It's intriguing how so many murder have gone unsolved, especially with techniques evolving every day. What's shocking is in some cases how evidence has been misplaced or simply disappeared.
I've read this over a longer time than I would normally simply because Its was easy to pick up when you have a few short minutes to read and this is perfect as each story or a 2 to 4 pages long, not only that each story got me thinking and I didn't just want to move onto the next straight away.

Fantastic book and hopefully with bring closure to some of these victims murders.

NetGalley, Jen Brown

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sixty cases of unsolved disappearances & murders from the UK, ranging from the 1950s until the present-day. From cases I have never heard of, to the more well-known ones such as the murder of Jill Dando, the chapters are fairly short with less than 10 pages per case which keeps things to the point & concentrates on the known facts.

It seems really weird to say that you enjoyed reading a book about unsolved murders, but it was a really interesting read. It was rather shocking that so many cases are still unsolved, some after 70+ years, & also sad to realise that many are unlikely to ever be solved now & if they are the relatives of the victim have already passed away & will never know the truth. I appreciated that the author signposted other books about some of the cases for further reading, & also included contact details/case numbers for the open cases in case anyone should have information. Overall it's a fascinating read & it's a must for any true crime reader.

NetGalley, Gayle Noble

Unsolved Murders of the UK by Phil Drake is a comprehensive examination of some of the most notorious and perplexing unsolved murder cases in the United Kingdom. In the book, Drake delves into the details of each case, exploring the evidence, suspects, and theories surrounding the crimes. From the infamous Jack the Ripper murders to more recent unsolved mysteries, Drake provides insight into the investigations and the enduring fascination with these cases. With its meticulous research and engaging narrative, "Unsolved Murders of the UK" offers readers a chilling glimpse into the dark side of British history

NetGalley, Cammie Onesto

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Very well written. I have taken notes and screenshots from the book as there are some cases I am interested in reading more about. My heart goes out to the families still in the dark about the mysteries of the deaths of their loved ones. Barrymore will always be a legend in my eyes! Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

NetGalley, Lee L

Cold cases are some of the hardest ones to read about. Knowing that a terrible crime has been committed, and no one has never been held to account. In this book, you are going to be introduced to 60 cold cases, beginning in the 1950s. While most of these may never be solved, sometimes time can open new leads, and loosen the tongues of those who were too afraid to talk before. With the advent of DNA, there are also new scientific ways of solving some of the oldest crimes.

While these are still listed as unsolved cold cases, hopefully in the near future, some of these will make the "closed" list.

These are short, introductory glances at the cases. Should a reader feel more inclined, they could most likely go online and search for more information.

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed dipping in out of this one, it continues 60 unsolved murders (cold cases) around England, and I was quiet surprised to find I had not come cross more then half the crimes written about in my many years of reading true crime books.

The chapters for each case are short but very informative and I like the fact the author ask if anyone who reads theses stories and has information that could them become solved cases to come forward.

I recommend this highly to readers of true crime books.

NetGalley, S Ballinger

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An interesting read with just enough information about each case to pique the interest and clues on where to read more should you wish to.

Though never a “nice” subject Phil Drake has certainly given all the facts in a way that you wish you knew how to help.

NetGalley, Claire Smith

Great book. Very well written. I’m glad I got to read it.

NetGalley, Samantha Stoddard

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely fantastic book. I normally watch documentaries about true crime cases, so this is the first book i have read about true crime, and i was pleasantly surprised. This book dives into unsolved murders in the UK, including cases which are both well known and those which went cold quickly and recived little media attention. The author describes the victim as they were in life, in such a respectable way and provides photographs of the victims throughout, which perfectly reminds the audience that the book is about finding justice for the victims. Each murder is briefly but thoroughly explained, including past and current potential suspects. The book is well written and easy to follow. Highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author, perhaps even a book in the future covering some cases that are solved. Thank you for letting me review this!

NetGalley, Elicia Burge

An impressive collection of unsolved murders in the UK ranging from the 1950s to current times. There are about 60+ chapters and each chapter is a new case, out of all of these, the only one I had heard of was the Jill Dando story. Each case is presented using the known facts, so they are generally short chapters, often with a photo of the victim and/or the location they were last seen or found.

It was a bit disheartening of how many young children feature in in these pages - especially knowing that for many, not a suspect was not even identified.

This book would be a good addition for a murder mystery and true crime collections.

NetGalley, Angela Williams

I am obsessed with true crime, it is quite a morbid fascination of mine and so I found this such a interesting read. There were some cases that I knew about but went into more detail and some that I didn't know about. A book any true crime lover would enjoy.

NetGalley, Aria Harlow

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoy true crime reads and I love a good mystery so this was always likely to be a hit with me – I was really keen to get started on the book as soon as the copy landed on my Kindle.

I loved the length of the chapters and the focus was really on the key details for the murders. The facts were clear and there were quite a few of the murders mentioned that I wasn’t aware of, including one in Coventry which is literally up the road from where I live (and I am always fascinated by local stories).

The book focuses on 60 key cases that the author has picked right from 1951 to the present day. A few of the more recent ones will be well known, having been in the media in recent years such as Jill Dando, Billie Jo Jenkins and the Stephen Downing case where he was released after a wrongful conviction.

The author has given each victim dignity when he has told the story, they aren’t scandalous and it is a great touch that he has added the contact details too for the relevant appeals for anyone with any further information to make contact with the Police forces.

It is 5 stars from me for this one – very highly recommended!

NetGalley, Donna Maguire

As someone who has looong been interested in true crime, this book was a hit for me. This book details unsolved murders from the UK- with each murder being its own “chapter” and including details such as date, location, and victim all up front. Most of the cases also have a photo of a relevant location attached. As an American, I liked the chance to get to learn about more cases from the UK that I hadn’t heard of before. A great book that you could either read all at once or divide up and read bits and pieces whenever you find the desire to learn about an unsolved case.

NetGalley, Hannah Palmer

I truly enjoyed this book overall. As a a true crime fan, it is often hard for me to find cases that I have heard before, and this one delivered case after case. The writing was engaging and interesting overall- and the included pictures were interesting.

NetGalley, Kate Bell

It is very well-researched and has pictures of where bodies were found and, in some cases, actual crime scene photos. It’s heartbreaking to see the most recent photos of the victims when they were alive, especially the younger ones. My heart goes out to the families of the people who were taken way too soon, and I’m grateful to the author for taking the time to highlight these cold cases. I sincerely hope that some new leads will be found with the publication of this book.

NetGalley, Books the Magical Fruit

It was an interesting read, and the short chapters made sure the book flowed quickly and I had read it in no time at all. If you are a true crime fan then this will definitely interest you! Would recommend!

NetGalley, Sharon Hunt

This book enabled me to read about some of the cases that remain unsolved in the United Kingdom. This book was very enlightening about the individuals who were murdered and the suspect or suspects were never apprehended.

NetGalley, Laura A

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

|Utterly fantastic book!!!! This highlights many famous crimes in great detail. I really enjoyed this author's writing!!!

NetGalley, Lisa N

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I've always been interested in True Crime but often unsolved cases don't get the publicity so it was intriguing to learn about different cases that remain unsolved.

NetGalley, A D

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

‘An unsolved murder is never closed, and these cases are regularity reviewed to identify any new lines of inquiry that could be explored.’

This book contains 60 cases of crimes that happened but remain unsolved.

It is hard to imagine what the family’s of these victims must be going through not knowing what happened to their loved ones 10,20, even 50 years ago.

This is the ideal read for any true crime reader and one who is ok reading some quite disturbing details.

Many of these cases were distressing to read especially when it involved cases of children.

At the end of a number of chapters, some cases have further reading provided to give more detail and information on the cases which I personally liked as I would like to learn more.

‘Christmas should be a happy time of the year, especially for children, so for two to vanish without a trace in a cold Boxing Day night makes for a particularly harrowing mystery.

Phil Drake has written a well researched book and I look forward to reading more of his work.

NetGalley, Georgi Lvs Books

As a huge fan of true crime I found this book fascinating. Living in the uk I find this so interesting. Phil Drake has written and researched 60 cold cases from 1951 to the present day. Each case has so much information so well researched. Many heartbreaking cases but Phil Drake had written them with so much respect. This is prefect for any true crime fan. My heart goes out to the victims and their family’s.

NetGalley, Jade A

This is a great book if you are interested in crime.

I am a bit of a true crime fanatic and I enjoyed this book immensely, especially as I didn’t know most of the crimes. The writing is easy to read and the majority of the cases are the perfect length. Some are a little short but I guess that that’s the information that’s available about that particular crime. If you enjoy true crime you will enjoy this.

NetGalley, Amber Johnson

With comprehensive details and photographs regarding each case, this book is factual and informative, from details about the victim to how police investigated the case.
What struck me was how many of the people I remember, despite being pretty young when they died. Genette Tate and Kate Bushell were local to me, and of course Jill Dando and Stuart Lubbock received nationwide media coverage.
This book is a straightforward examination of how each person died, and what was done to find out who was responsible for their death. It's one for true crime fans, as a point of reference, or anyone else who is curious about unsolved UK murders.

NetGalley, Claire Hill

"Unsolved Murders of the UK: Cold Cases from 1951 to Present Day" by Phil Drake takes readers on a gripping journey through the enigma of unsolved crimes that have mystified the United Kingdom.

Without divulging too many details, the book presents a thorough exploration of haunting cases, making it a must-read for aficionados of true crime.

NetGalley, Katrin Kaehler

A very interesting but devastatingly sad read of murders that continue to go unsolved even in some cases many decades after the crime.

NetGalley, Angela Thompson

This is a really well curated collection of unusual cases which were never solved. The author does a terrific job of providing information about the victims and the potential leads, including their current status, but it is sad to know that these cases did not lead to justice as the perpetrators remain unknown.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this! As a fan of true crime this book has everything you want, detailed research on both the victims and the crime itself, photos with descriptions and detailed explanations on suspects and the aftermath of the effects on family and the court/justice system if it applies.

NetGalley, Alivia Panting

About Phil Drake

Phil Drake is a versatile author known for his captivating fiction and non-fiction works. He gained recognition with "To Be A Saint," offering a candid exploration of supporting Southampton Football Club. His debut, "The Spooky South," uncovered haunted Hampshire and Isle of Wight locations. Featured in Corona Books anthologies, his short horror stories highlight his diverse storytelling.
With an avid interest in true crime, Phil's completion of an Open University forensic psychology course adds depth to his narratives. This intrigue fuels his latest project, delving into unsolved murders and enigmatic disappearances.
Beyond writing, Phil's creativity extends to watercolour painting. He finds solace in thrilling crime novels and enjoys attending football and cricket matches.
This is his first true crime book.

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