true crime

Gripping tale of Ireland’s most polite bank robber: I’m Not Here To Hurt You reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

There should really be a special word for it: that vicarious fragility you feel when hearing of a minor decision…

An untrue true crime story: Penance, by Eliza Clark, reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

A teasing piece of crime fiction weaves together real and invented murders in a satire on the true crime genre and its devotees

No genre of storytelling is more formulaic or more exhausted than true crime

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Nothing new under the sun. Or at least it feels that way these days, doesn’t it? The movies are TV…

The case of the ‘Hay Poisoner’ inspired many a cosy murder mystery

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The case of the retired major Herbert Rowse Armstrong, a Hay-on-Wye solicitor hanged in 1922 for killing his wife Katharine…

The crime of passion that kept the nation enthralled

10 August 2019 9:00 am

No matter how exquisitely English —gobbets of blood amid the fireplace ornaments — murder annihilates meaning. Even when the motive…