Tag: true crime

Welcome to the Top 3 True Crime picks from Pen & Sword!

In this blog post we are going to inform you about three true crime titles from recent years which we highly recommend. We hope that you enjoy reading up on these quality books which appeal to a wide range of readers.

The books will be posted with the links to purchase and the full book description, to give you detailed information on the contents of the book.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Empire of Crime

Sir Cecil Clementi, Britain’s drugs-dealing colonial governor

When the British Empire eventually banned its infamous export of Indian opium to China, it created a big problem for its colonial governors who had to look after millions of addicts suddenly denied their daily fix. In Empire of Crime, historian TIM NEWARK reveals that the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Cecil Clementi, defied London to become the region’s biggest narcotics dealer.

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Five gruesome Tudor punishments

Life was often nasty, brutish and painful for criminals in Tudor England, with a host of fiendish punishments dished out by the state to wrong doers, including some new methods of execution dreamt up by King Henry VIII himself! Here James Moore, author of The Tudor Murder Files, looks at five of the most petrifying penalties employed by the authorities in the 16th century…

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Author Guest Post: Ron Turnbull

Since Pen & Sword kindly published my autobiography ‘From The Flying Squad To Investigating War Crimes’ in November 2019 I have been somewhat taken aback by the mostly very positive and complimentary remarks many readers have communicated to me plus the reviews I’ve received. Obviously some were old friends but others unknown to me. The process thus far has been humbling yet rewarding.

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Guest Post: Michael Ford – Hunting the Last Great Pirate

A bit of background as to why I wrote the book

My maternal grandfather, Alexander Kinsey, was one of thirteen children born and raised in a large house in the leafy London suburb of Merton in the 1890s. Around that time, his father – my great grandfather – was a civil engineer by profession and accepted a post to advise on the expansion of the Port of Durban, South Africa. With his wife and brood of children they set sail for the lengthy sea voyage to Durban.

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Meet the author: Darren Franklin

We hope you enjoyed our author article from Darren Franklin about his new book, The Hostage Rescuer. Read on as Darren gives us even more insight into this exciting read!

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Guest Post: Darren Franklin – The Hostage Rescuer

The tranquil, sleepy island of Kalymnos in the idyllic Greek Archipelago, with its bright aqua coloured waters, had suddenly become unpeaceful. A chilling disturbance. Well-fed pigeons and seagulls frantically flew from cosy bars and restaurants. A grandmother screaming like a banshee, a child crying in despair. Security operatives and police hurriedly adhering to their plan, attempting to escape the scene before an angry mob gathered. The island had just been exposed to an abducted child recovery operation.

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Author Guest Post: Dr Jonathan Oates

The North London Murder Enigma

On 4 October 1949 Stanley Setty disappeared. Just over two weeks later part of his body was washed up on the Essex marshes. There was no doubt that his corpse had been dropped there from an aeroplane flown by Donald Hume, a business associate of Setty’s. But had Hume killed him, by stabbing, in his north London flat?

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True Crime: The murder of Elizabeth Ridgley

Today we have a fascinating guest post from Pen and Sword author, Paul Stickler. Criminologist and historian Paul describes the incredible circumstances surrounding the murder of Elizabeth Ridgley in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 1919 in his newly released title The Murder that Defeated Whitechapel’s Sherlock Holmes. Read on as he offers us a glimpse into the horrors of the murder and the frailties of rural policing just after the First World War. Enjoy!

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