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Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s | ARC REVIEW

Updated: Jun 21


Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s by Jonathan OATES

  • Publication date : 30th of August, 2020

  • Genre : Non-Fiction /True Crime Documentary

  • Pages : 202

  • Rating on goodreads : 3.22

  • My rating : 3


I am a true crime enthusiast and early 1900s London fascinates me, so I expected to rate this book at least 4 stars.

As you might have noticed by now, this is not the case, but that does not mean this book is bad. There were many aspects of “Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s” I thoroughly I enjoyed, for example:

  • How well researched this was:

Many of these murders have been swept under the rug of history, and it was refreshing to see someone dig deep into the archives to produce a detailed timeline of each murder, as well as actual quotes from the police or the witnesses

  • The titles, the images and the epilogues of each chapter

It is always a pleasant surprise to have fun titles in non-fiction book chapters. And the titles in this book were top notch for non-fiction. Almost as good as the photographs of the crime locations. Furthermore, I was a true fan of the chapter structure. Starting with a quote and wrapping up each chapter as its own and not going with a standard epilogue was a nice touch in my opinion.


That said, I still couldn’t give this book a higher rating because of one thing and one thing only: the writing.

Jonathan Oates writing is so dry and so professor-lecturing- you-so-you’d-better-pay-attention like that I just couldn’t read more than one chapter a day.

The first chapter about the police of London was a real struggle for me to get through, and the rest of the chapters, albeit more interesting, weren’t much better.

If you are a seasoned non-fiction reader as well as a true crime fanatic, you will probably love this book. But if you are more used to the mainstream true crime on the internets nowadays, this might be more difficult to get through.


This book will be published on the 30th of August 2020 by Pen&Sword. Arc provided by NetGalley

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