Cold Case Jury books by Antony M. Brown are gripping true crime mysteries from decades and centuries past. Combining history with a real-life whodunit, each book reads like a fast-paced thriller, taking you back in time to see the crime dramatically re-enacted according to different theories. The evidence, presented as exhibits in a special section, is sifted and discussed. Before the author reveals his view on the case, readers are invited to deliver their verdicts on what most likely happened. Take your seat on the Cold Case Jury...
It is a true story that could have been taken from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. A young woman is found dead by her bicycle in a lonely country lane. The only clue is that she was last seen with a man on a green bicycle, who seemingly vanishes into thin air...
The case remains unsolved to this day. Now, dramatic evidence that has been hidden in a police safe for decades and the forgotten testimony of a key witness is being put before the Cold Case Jury, which can deliver its verdict in this astonishing case.
A true story of sex, lies and murder on the high seas. A luxury liner steams across the equator off the coast of Africa. A beautiful actress disappears from her first-class cabin and a dashing deck steward is accused of her murder. Although the evidence against him appears damning, he vehemently protests his innocence. Found guilty and sentenced to death, remarkably he is saved from the gallows. Using recently-discovered police files, the full story is told for the first time with new evidence never brought to trial. Was it murder, or does the new evidence point to a different verdict?
A telephone message is left at a chess club, instructing one of its members, insurance agent William Wallace, to meet a Mr Qualtrough. But the address given by the mystery caller does not exist and Wallace returns home to find his wife Julia bludgeoned to death.
The case turns on the telephone call. Who made it? The police thought it was Wallace, creating an alibi that might have come from an Agatha Christie thriller. Others believe Wallace innocent but disagree on the identity of the murderer. The Cold Case Jury must decide what happened in one of the most celebrated cold cases of all time.
When a dying barrister is told by his doctors he has ingested a rare poison he is strangely indifferent to his plight. It looks like suicide but a coroner's inquest finds he was unlawfully killed. Over a century later debate still rages: was Charles Bravo responsible for his own death or was his life taken by a sinister hand unseen?
Nobody was accused, nobody was brought to trial. Now the Cold Case Jury must deliver its verdict on how Charles Bravo died. With five suspects and four possible verdicts, this is one of the most intriguing cold cases ever.
A scuttled yacht. A missing person. A captured shark. The three events appear unrelated, but when the shark coughs up a human arm in a Sydney aquarium a one-in-a-million coincidence quickly turns into a murder inquiry. The police have two prime suspects, but one is gunned down in his car by Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the other is soon acquitted at trial. Others are suspected, but the case turns cold. It remains unsolved to this day.
Now, the Cold Case Jury must reach a decision on who most likely killed the missing man in one of the most sensational crimes of the 20th century
A collection of short stories for discerning but time-pressed readers. Each digital book presents a short fictional crime or mystery story - usually historical - with a companion article about the real events and places that inspired it. Best served with a coffee during a lunch hour.
This digital book contains a short mystery story, a finalist for the prestigious Margery Allingham Prize in 2020, and two non-fiction articles. The fictional story tells of a constable's career-long search for the truth concerning the death of a school teacher in a rural village just after the First World War and leads to a scandal at the heart of the British royal family. It was inspired by a true crime, the murder of Margery Wren in 1930, an account of which is presented in The Tuckshop Murder, and a real place, Tyneham, the village evacuated in 1943 to help with D-Day preparations. Its remarkable history is told in The Doomsday Village, which includes tales of smuggling, washed-up bodies of headless sailors, a dairymaid charged with murder and government betrayal.
This digital book contains a short mystery story, shortlisted for the Margery Allingham Prize in 2021, and one non-fiction article. The fictional story tells of a passer-by who picks up a ringing telephone in public callbox in wartime London. An amazing set of coincidences embroils the young man in a murder investigation that not only changes his life but the course of the war. Related to the short story, the article Amazing Tales of Chance and Coincidence surveys some of the most compelling and bizarre twists of fate that have actually occurred, including chance meetings, runs of luck and how coincidences have been misconstrued as conspiracies. The beguiling narratives show that luck and coincidence are the poet laureates of ordinary life.
Edited by renowned crime author and critic Martin Edwards, Music Of The Night is an anthology of short crime fiction with the theme of music. My stort story, The Melody Of Murder, was written especially for the volume. Set in 1982, a serial killer is on the loose in London. His crime scenes are unique: each victim is staged in a recreation of a well known record cover. It's art inspiring murder, but how will it end?
Other contributors include: Chris Simms, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jonasson, Andrew Taylor and Martin Edwards. Bite-sized crime fiction for discerning but time-pressed readers. Published by Flame Tree Press in association with the Crime Writers' Association.