A Capital Crime, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


It is winter, 1950 in a dingy part of London. John Davies confesses to strangling his wife and baby daughter, and for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central, it promises to be a straightforward case.

When Davies recants, blaming respectable neighbour Norman Backhouse for the crimes, nobody, including Stratton, sees any reason to believe him.

Davies is convicted and hanged, but later, after a series of gruesome discoveries, Stratton begins to suspect that there has been a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Her marriage in tatters, ex-MI5 agent Diana Calthrop is determined to start a new life, but, despite a promising beginning, she soon finds herself in trouble both financially and emotionally. And with a seemingly unstoppable killer of women on the loose, she is very vulnerable indeed.

A Capital Crime is a story of guilt, longing, uncertainty, and grotesque horror.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781849163101



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I quite enjoyed this story but thought it a tad too long! I remember the1950's also the murders the book is based on,I wish there had been more background of how life was lived in those days,it brought it home to me how much our lives have changed since then,when there were no forensics like today,if someone went missing they stayed missing as a rule! Hair samples in those days were pretty much useless! I now have to read more of her books to learn more about Stratton!

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