My life in crime began with my own family. Whilst taking a break from my full time teaching career (Modern Foreign Languages), I began researching my family tree. It wasn’t long before I came across some skeletons rattling loudly in the family cupboard. Although they were mostly petty crimes: swearing, drunkenness, theft and criminal damage, it was exciting to find ‘criminals’ in my family’s past. With the shocking discovery of a nefarious ancestor, who kept a brothel in the slums of Manchester, my interest in the dark Victorian underworld was kindled.
I have published many articles about social and family history and I am a regular contributor to family history publications. My first book, The Real Sherlock Holmes, is due for publication in spring 2014, by Pen and Sword Books.