The Mile End Murder

The Mile End Murder by Sinclair McKay

The Case Conan Doyle Couldn't Solve

Format: Hardback, 320 Pages
ISBN: 9781781316436
Publisher: Aurum Press
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'A fascinating book, by turns riveting and unsettling, and wonderfully rich in period detail.' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

In 1860, a 70 year old widow turned landlady named Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head.

What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation, a veritable locked room mystery which baffled even legendary Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle.  With an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, the case led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate.

This is the case Conan Doyle couldn’t solve and, after confounding the best detectives for years, has finally be solved by 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.

SINCLAIR MCKAY is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, The Lost World of Bletchley Park, The Secret Life of Fighter Command and The Secret Listeners for Aurum, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films and the pastime of rambling. He lives in London.

Format: Hardback, 320 Pages
ISBN: 9781781316436
Size: 6.024 in x 9.213 in / 153 mm x 234 mm
'In spite of the wealth of background detail, this book reads like the best murder mystery and is difficult to put down. It now has a satisfactory end, because after 150 years Sinclair McKay has found the identity of the real murderer, although he leaves the reader guessing until the very end. An excellent, true murder case which is well worth reading. I have no hesitation in recommending it.'
'A real death that has all the hallmarks of a classic murder mystery: the locked room, the multitude of likely suspects, the dramatic discoveries. And more than 150 years later, McKay claims to have solved it.' 
'McKay follows a case that gripped and baffled the nation: a genuine locked-room mystery.'
'McKay has penned a highly enjoyable, well-researched and skillfully written tale that will appeal to anyone who has enjoyed the likes of Kate Summerscale's bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.'
'McKay has a deft eye for the details.'
'McKay tells a compelling story, and skillfully weaves into it fascinating threads about Victorian London, with illuminating sketches on such diverse contemporary themes as immigration, the workhouses, the coming gaslight, the temperance movement, and the threat of terrorism. A fascinating book, by turns riveting and unsettling, and wonderfully rich in period detail.'
 'This tale of crime and police incompetence is told in lurid detail.'
‘McKay is excellent at evoking the flavour – and regrettably the smells – of the area. He combines social history, extensive quotation from the inquest, trial and contemporary press reports, local knowledge, keen sleuthing and a pleasing flourish of conjecture. It’s a winning combination’ 
"the East End of 150 years ago becomes almost tangible, and the grim story is compellingly told"