A Parent’s Worst Nightmare
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Who Killed Little Johnny Gill?
This is a fictionalized account of the true crime against a young boy called John Gill living in Bradford, England in 1888. Despite the fact that this was considered one of the worst murders of the day, equal to those of Jack the Ripper of the same year, very little was written about the case. This book was written to honour John Gill’s memory as well as to remember his parents; Thomas and Mary Ann Gill. It was a murder that affected me deeply and one that left me with more questions than answers.
Here are some quotes from some of my readers:
” ‘Who killed Little Johnny Gill?’ a True Crime, Victorian Noir; read very much like the captivating style of Kate Summerscale’s “The Suspicions of Mr Whicher” ….it also had the cosy parochial feel of an Agatha Christie…as well as, I might add: the procedural methodology of a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle… as such, I take my hat off to you, good lady and wish you well in your literary venture…” Lesley Bush, Berkshire, UK
“I thoroughly enjoyed this read! It was very exciting. As soon as the body was discovered, I felt the ensuing panic, the parents’ worry, and the morbid curiosity of the onlookers. I could actually feel the tension in the air and hear the murmurs and exclamations of the townspeople as word of the gruesome discovery spread. I give your book a rating of two thumbs up; I read this late at night, and though I was tired I could not stop reading until I finished the last word.” – Lisa Stone Gustafson (USA)
“Loved the story and it had me in tears! Where did you find such wonderful words? … I feel like I am sitting in the 19th century.” – Paxie Adrienne Kelsey (South Africa)
“Loved the details given of each character. It made them seem real and I was able to visualize them and their actions in my mind. As needed, at the end of each chapter you have left me wanting to read more.” – Deborah Peters (Portugal)
Blackmail, Sex and Lies
Blackmail, Sex and Lies is a story of deception, scandal, and fractured traditional Victorian social values. It is the tale of a naïve, young woman caught up in a whirlwind romance with an older man. However, both have personality flaws that result in poor choices, and which leads to a tragic end.
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This Victorian murder mystery, based on a true story, takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, 1857. It explores the disastrous romance between the vivacious socialite, Madeleine Hamilton Smith, and her working class lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryn McMaster a True Crime Author
Kathryn is a best-selling, historical crime fiction author transporting you back to a different era. She crafts stories around unsolved murders of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, on both sides of the Atlantic, highlighting poor policing practices with a rudimentary knowledge of Forensic Science that often allowed the guilty to walk free, and the innocent to hang. Kathryn’s books are further enhanced by her in-depth knowledge and training in Psychology, Criminal Profiling and Forensic Investigation which she draws on to analyze each crime in the Afterword.
She has long had a fascination with crime and the criminal mind, looking at the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’.
Her first crime fiction novel was entitled “Who Killed Little Johnny Gill?” This book is based on a true story. It covers the shocking murder and mutilation of a seven-year-old boy in Bradford, England. The murder was so heinous that it was thought, at one stage, to have been the work of Jack the Ripper. On day 1 of its release, it topped the Best Seller List and continues to sell beyond all expectations.
She is currently working on her second novel. Here 3 people were killed aboard the “Herbert Fuller” in 1896, not far from Halifax, Nova Scotia. There were less than a dozen crew members and one passenger on board. Someone was the murderer, but who?
Her Amazon Author Page is a showcase for new book releases. Her current novel is in e-book, paperback and audio book formats.
If you would like to learn more about her, work and the various influences in her life as an author, she was interviewed by Jeff Kivela from Buttonholed Book Reviews so pop over and see what she had to say.
If you like reading true crime books, want to read free chapters of my new books, and are as interested in the workings of the criminal mind, as I am, then hopefully you won’t be disappointed with what you find here.
I have always been drawn to why criminals behave the way they do. I am morbidly fascinated with the minds of serial killers in their need to kill again, and, from a psychological aspect, their signature killings. Criminal profiling is also a personal interest, but my real passion is looking at unsolved crimes.
There were many crimes in the past that went unsolved, due to poor policing practices and a rudimentary knowledge of Forensic Science. And of course, there were many at this time who were accused of crimes where they were totally innocent. The result being, that on both sides, there was a gross miscarriage of justice.
I focus on unsolved crimes that occurred during the Victorian and Edwardian eras when Forensic Science was still in its infancy. My style of writing is not just taking the facts and regurgitating them. Instead, I research the cases thoroughly, and then fictionalize the events as they unfolded; breathing new life into dusty bones.In this website, you will not only find information on my latest murder mysteries, but I will also publish short stories of true crimes that occurred nearly 100 years ago.
In this website, you will not only find information on my latest murder mysteries, but I will also publish short stories of true crimes that occurred nearly 100 years ago.
If you have read my books and you have enjoyed them, please go to Amazon.com and write an honest review. Many readers are not aware how important these are for authors. I read each and every review, and your support is always much appreciated.
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