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The Murder that Defeated Whitechapel’s Sherlock Holmes: At Mrs Ridgley’s Corner

Due for publication in April 2018 by Pen and Sword Books Ltd, this is the remarkable case of the murder of a woman in her Hertfordshire shop in 1919. After a woeful investigation by the local police, Scotland Yard sends in Fred Wensley, widely regarded as Britain’s cleverest detective.  Set amidst the post-war period of austerity and political uncertainty, the book lays bare the vagaries of rural policing.