This book provides a collection of unsolved mysteries. The author has divided the book into two groups of topic, with Murders being followed by Multiple Deaths. The thirty cases feature well-known incidents and some less well known mysteries.
NAME: Unsolved Crimes
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Claire Welch
PUBLISHER: Haynes Publishing
BINDING: soft back
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: Rose Harsent, Emily Dimmock, Marion Gilchrist, Caroline Luard, Joseph Wilson, Bella Wright, Janet Smith, Julia Wallace, Sir Henry Oakes,
DESCRIPTION: At the time of review, it is not clear how many books will form this new series from Haynes Publishing. The first four books follow the same format with softback binding and economy paper. The printing is crisp and the plate section includes full colour and b&w images. The concept is to base the book on the Case Files of the People and Daily Mirror newspapers. The series therefore has some scope for further development because new categories of criminals could form additional books in the series and/or the publisher could add volumes to existing topic groups because the newspaper Case Files will include many more criminals, of equal or greater notoriety, than have been covered in the first books. This book provides a collection of unsolved mysteries. The author has divided the book into two groups of topic, with Murders being followed by Multiple Deaths. The thirty cases feature well-known incidents and some less well known mysteries. There are three main reasons for a case remaining unsolved. It may have been discovered some time after the incident when forensic evidence has decayed and perhaps at a time when those who might have been witnesses have died or moved far away, or the perpetrator may have died. In most cases that remain unsolved, police work at the time may have been sloppy and far below acceptable levels. This includes those cases that originally resulted in an unsafe conviction as a result of police corruption or inadequacy, or the low standards of ethics and responsibility in the prosecution service. Then there are those cases that required forensic technology that was not available at the time. In these cases, enough evidence may have been preserved to enable new technology to be applied at a later date and lead to a successful conviction, or at least to a satisfactory conclusion, the perpetrator no longer being in a condition to stand trial. Considering the great and enduring fascination that crime has for every generation, the publisher may decide to publish detailed books on some of the subjects covered briefly in this series. Not all subjects would necessarily justify more detailed coverage and even here, there is variation in the sizes of entries. The author seems to have worked to a formula that produces longer entries for those subjects that merit it and reading through the book, it feels as though all entries are proportional which allows it to be read conveniently as a single book, rather than as a number of individual elements. This is a book that potentially appeals to a very wide audience and should sell very well, sales being limited primarily by the exposure achieved by the marketers. An absorbing approach to a terrible topic group.