A Capital Crime

A Capital Crime When John Davies confesses to killing his wife and daughter it promises to be a straightforward case for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central But then Davies recants and blames a fellow tenant Norman

  • Title: A Capital Crime
  • Author: Laura Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781849163095
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • When John Davies confesses to killing his wife and daughter, it promises to be a straightforward case for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central But then Davies recants and blames a fellow tenant, Norman Blackhouse, for the crimes Though some of the evidence appears to be ambiguous, Stratton sees no reason to believe him.

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    About "Laura Wilson"

    1. Laura Wilson

      There is than one author with this nameLaura Wilson is an English crime writer based in London, where she was born and raised She has degrees in English Literature form Somerville College, Oxford, and University College London, and has worked as a teacher and editor of non fiction.Many of her novels have either a historical setting or a distinct historical connection, and often have split or dual narratives Her first novel, A Little Death was shortlsited for a CWA Dagger award, and her fifth, The Lover was short listed for both the CWA Gold Dagger and the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger.

    407 thoughts on “A Capital Crime”

    1. Laura Wilson is a crime writer that uses her considerable skills to convey the period of the 1950s through the eyes of ordinary people.This particular story is a reworking of the infamous Christie serial killer case of the happenings at 10 Rillington Place, London. Timothy Evans admitted he was the murder of his baby daughter and was hanged in 1950. But subsequently other bodies were discovered in the garden and John Christie (also living at the same house) was convicted as a serial murder. It w [...]


    2. Not quite as good as other two. The stories about Monica and Diana just seemed tacked on to the main story which, incredibly, is based on a true story. However, good enough that I want to read next one as I am loving the characters.


    3. This book was very well written. l struggled to put it down! I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.


    4. Excellent read. Very enjoyable. The third in a series featuring DI Ted Stratton through the war years and after.This was set in 1953. Great series.


    5. My first introduction to Laura Wilson, “A Capital Crime” is one of the most intriguing books I’ve had the pleasure to read this year. Set in the early 1950’s and based on the notoriously tragic true story of Timothy John Evans and John Reginald Halliday Christie, Wilson blends fact and fiction with consummate ease producing a rather beguiling novel.Timothy John Davies, a semi-literate van driver, walks in to the Merthyr Tydfil police station (in Wales) and admits to murdering his wife an [...]


    6. Usually I am gripped by things based on real life stories but this didn't grab me as much as other books in the past. I read it all but more for the sake of finishing it (I hate leaving books unfinished) than for the satisfaction of finding out the truth. It is based on two real cases of 2 possible separate murderers ( Evans and Christie) living in the same house at 10 Rillington Place (made into a film with Richard Attenborough, John Hurt and Judy Geeson)- who killed the people whose bodies wer [...]


    7. Another passport coming from Sweden just arrived from Rome.I absolutely loved this book and the plot is based on the true story of Timothy John Evans, who was hanged in 1950 for the murder of his daughter who was 14-years old, and that of Reginald Halliday Christie who was also hanged in 1953 for the murder of his wife. Another book Ten Rillington Placeby Ludovic Kennedy also deals with the trial of both murder cases since both murderers lived at this address in London. According to Laura Wilson [...]


    8. I enjoyed this book very much, particularly the believable evocation of 1950s post-war London. Wilson manages to blend two plot lines together, although I would say that on the whole, the story of 'Drippy Diana' is less effective than the re-working of the John Christie murder case. On the whole though, a very enjoyable read. More please, and soon.© Koplowitz 2012


    9. Part fact and part fiction coupled with very readable prose makes a decent reading. The story is intriguing and there is a promise which goes on for most of its 540 pages. I will read more from Laura Wilson although this remains quite unsatisfying.


    10. Was amazingly impressed with this series of books. The main character is brilliantly wrought. I don't usually read this type of historical setting but the detail and atmosphere that she has created and the passage of time really impressed me. I found the whole series a very satisfying read.


    11. I usually enjoy anything which is based on true events, but I felt this book was quite dull. Despite a lot of "interesting" things happening in the story, I found it slow and quite predictable in places. A first and last read of this author for me.


    12. Although this is fiction the author's notes explain the relationship with John Christie and 10 Rillington Place,The charactera from previous books have continued and relationships have evolved as adults have got older and youngsters become young adults.


    13. Another solid entry in the series. Once again, the vetran police officer rankles against his superior's rush to judgement. This entry additionally reviews the Crippen murders. Wonderfully written, full of period detail and riviting to read.


    14. A really enjoyable period police procedural. Not read any others in this series, and wasn't familiar with the real-life crimes that inspired it, but I found the story atmospheric and it held my interest throughout.



    15. Love books set in the early 1900's in London. This book had me googling the crimes it was based onways a good sign. Loved the characters, loved the setting, "loved" the crime!




    16. Worth a bit more as it is a very good period piece but also a bit slow at times. Does post war Britain really well and uses a true crime to make a good novel. She also writes well - easy reading


    17. An enjoyable murder mystery story based on 2 true crimes in the 1950s, with a parallel fictional storyline added for interest.


    18. A wonderful recreation of the Rillington place murders and the ramifications of them for the police. The best DI Stratton book so far!



    19. A post WW2 mystery based on the crimes of Christie and Evans. Part of a series but can be read on its own. Great period detail.


    20. i usuallly take a good while to get into a book but this book had me riviteed,,,in 2 days id finished it, a record attempt for me!!



    21. Retelling of 10 Rillington Place - fortunately for me I hadn't seen or read that so it didn't spoil what is a decent novel.




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