The story of the murder of Cora by her husband, the infamous Hawley Harvey Crippen, is one of the most well-known in British true crime history. The discovery of the body after Cruppen fled with his mistress and his subsequent capture has been the subject of many books and documentaries, only for everything we thought we knew being blown away by recent DNA evidence. So what really happened? Matthew Coniam reassesses the case, suggesting a new theory.

Over the years, I’ve read several texts about the Crippens but where this one differs is the amount of research that has evidently been undertaken in order to provide a comprehensive look at this sensational murder. The author has provided a complete overview of the life of Hawley Harvey Crippen, giving an insight into his earlier life and that of his family. I definitely discovered plenty of new information through reading this book, and commend the author for their thorough approach.

Similarly, in light of the recent DNA evidence, we discover numerous alternative explanations as to what really happened at Hilldrop Crescent. Compelling arguments are given that could explain Crippen’s innocence, leaving you with many unanswered questions that may never be answered. It definitely made me look at this case in a different way and I would love to read any follow up work from the author.

With thanks to Pen & Sword and Net Galley.