Angela’s life of crime began with her own shady ancestors who struggled to survive in the dangerous slums of Victorian Manchester. Her first book was the popular police biography, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada (Pen and Sword, 2014). Her latest book, Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders, is the first in a new historical true crime series, Victorian Supersleuth Investigates. The second book in the series, Who Killed Constable Cock? is out soon.
Angela’s writing about Victorian crime has featured in national magazines and newspapers, including The Times, The Telegraph, the Sunday Express, All About History and Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Your Family History magazine, and Get Reading, for which she writes a local crime history blog. Angela is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.
An experienced speaker, Angela has taken part in many events, such as the Henley Literary Festival, the Manchester Histories Festival and at the Museum of London. She has been a guest on BBC Radio Berkshire and other BBC radio stations throughout the country. On television, she has appeared on Mysteries at the Museum and The One Show on BBC One.
A modern languages graduate, Angela’s earlier career was in languages education: she was Head of Modern Languages in a large comprehensive school and lectured at Kings College London and Oxford Brookes University. She published several books in that field. A keen family historian, she is chair of the Society of Genealogists.
Born in Manchester, Angela enjoys writing about her home city’s colourful past. Married with two children and a daft dog called Charlie, she now divides her time between Reading and the Isle of Wight.