The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders 1811

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Penguin, 1990 - Murder - 234 pages
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In 1811 John Williams was buried with a stake through his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or the eighth victim in the Ratcliffe Highway Murders? Drawing on contemporary records and newspaper cuttings, the authors reconstruct the events.

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Review: The Maul And The Pear Tree

User Review  - Melet - Goodreads

An interesting choice for Ms. James- the case is convoluted and without a satisfying ending. Too much detail in several places- I got bogged down in the text on every other page. Excellent picture of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Debra Morris - Goodreads

An interesting overview of how many problems the police system faced in its early days. I just found the book somewhat dry. It was also hard to keep track of all the people involved. Read full review

About the author (1990)

P. D. James, pseudonym of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, was born on August 3, 1920. She spent 30 years in British Civil Service. She has written approximately 20 books and is best known for the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series and the Cordelia Gray Mystery series. Three titles in the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series have received the Silver Dagger award--Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower, and A Taste for Death. In 2000, she published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. She has received the prestigious Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement.

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