My life of crime began with my own family. Whilst researching my family tree, I uncovered all sorts of shady ancestors, including petty thieves, poachers and even a brothel-keeper in the dangerous slums of Victorian Manchester. Inspired by my home city’s colourful past, my first book was the popular police biography, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada . I’m also writing a new historical true crime series, Victorian Super Sleuth Investigates, the first of which is Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders . The second case is Who Killed Constable Cock? My latest book is Detective Caminada’s Casebook. My work on Victorian crime has featured in many national magazines and newspapers, including The Times, The Telegraph, the Sunday Express and All About History. I am a regular contributor to Who Do You Think You Are? and Your Family History magazines. I am a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.
An experienced speaker, I have taken part in many events, such as the Henley Literary Festival, the Manchester Histories Festival and at the Museum of London. I have been a guest on BBC Radio Berkshire and other BBC radio stations throughout the country. On television, I’ve appeared on The One Show on BBC One, and on Mysteries at the Museum in the US. In a former life, I was Head of Modern Languages in a large comprehensive school and lectured at King’s College London and Oxford Brookes University. A Modern Languages graduate, I published several books in that field. A keen family historian, I am chair of the Society of Genealogists. I love all things criminal and can’t resist an investigation into the dark underworld of the past.