The Mile End Murder: The Case Conan Doyle Couldn't Solve

The Mile End Murder: The Case Conan Doyle Couldn't Solve

by Sinclair McKay


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'A fascinating book, by turns riveting and unsettling, and wonderfully rich in period detail.' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

On 16th August 1860 wealthy widow Mary Emsley was murdered in her own home. The investigation that followed had an abundance of suspects,  from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and an admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy. The eventual public trial was dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate. But was an innocent person sent to the gallows?  

Years after the case was closed Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle became convinced a miscarriage of justice had occurred but was unable to find the real killer. After confounding the best detectives for years, the case has finally been solved by bestselling author Sinclair McKay. 

Discover 'whodunit' as the real murderer is revealed for the first time exclusively in this captivating study of a murder case in the nineteenth century, a story never told before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781318041
Publisher: Aurum Press
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Sinclair McKay is author of the bestselling The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and The Secret Listeners for Aurum Press, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films, and the pastime of rambling. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface: Conan Doyle and the Bloody Riddle 1

1 The Woman at the Window 5

2 'Down Among the Dead Men' 11

3 'The Expression Lost' 19

4 'A Most Sickening Spectacle' 29

5 This Was Her Domain 43

6 'Of Operations So Delicate' 53

7 'I Deal in Old and New Things' 63

8 'There Were Dwellings in Gardens' 75

9 'I'll Serve the Old Bitch Out' 83

10 'Good God, this is a Foul Plot!' 101

11 I Was Not in Her Debt 111

12 The Gravitation of the Blood 123

13 'A Gentle Talk with You in Any Other Place' 135

14 The Man who Might have Been 153

15 The Spy with the Stolen Soul 161

16 'His Conduct was Very Bad' 169

17 The Dark Twisting Paths 181

18 'To Prove the Presence of Blood' 187

19 Sufficient for the Day is the Evil Thereof 213

20 'The Life of a Man is too Sacred' 235

21 They Brought Opera Glasses 253

22 Numbered with the Dead 259

23 The Fever of Fear 275

24 'Sin's Long Pilgrimage' 289

Notes 301

Index 307

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