My Ripper Book of the Week has to be, without a doubt, “The Maybrick A-Z” by Christopher Jones. Several years ago, when the first diary book landed, I was aching to learn more about James Maybrick and his wife, Florence. I purchased all the subsequent diary books, and a handful of Mrs Maybrick books too, just to gain an insight into her life.
So, when I heard this was on the way, I was quite excited, and the book surpassed my expectations.
Chris sets the scene with a selection of dissertations on James and Florence Maybrick, looking at their life, shotgun wedding and the slope into which, their marriage slid!
The second dissertation covers the trial of Florence Maybrick, the controvesy that surrounded it, and the outcome.
The third, and final dissertation covers James Maybrick, and looks at his candidacy as a Ripper suspect. What sets this book out from the rest, is that Chris looks at both the arguments for and against, leaving the reader to decide for themselves!
Next up, is the Maybrick A-Z, covering contempory persons and the role they played, locations, biographical information, maps, drawings and photos, and an easy to use reference guide. All fully referenced, with a bibliography!
The A-Z also looks at the researchers who are continuing to look for the vital piece of the jigsaw that will prove conclusively wether James was Jack! In the mean time, they have this book to work with!
The book is available now
This week I am a little late in writing about the Ripper book that has my vote this week, purely because I got so engrossed in it!
What follows are a series of well written, well presented dissertations on the victims, suspects, police officials, people and social conditions, and my fave chapter - The Press!
Some nice pictures, with colour and black and white used effectively to draw one into reading but there is more…
Contained within are a selection of Rare and removable facsimilie documents and memorabilia, including Ripper Letters, the Ripper Postcard, Notice to the Occupier sign, and loads loads more!!
This book is going to become a classic, well done Richard!!
Jack the Ripper The Casebook is written by Richard Jones and available NOW!