by Sue Bursztynski, illustrated by Louise Prout
Guest Reviewer - by Anastasia Gonis
People have always been fascinated with true crime. Here is a delicious collection of well-researched, macabre, gruesome and sometimes shocking tales taken from
The entries begin in the 1600s with Jeronimus Cornelisz and his part in the famous
Infamous and lawless lives of both genders are recorded here. Women throughout history chose controversial ways of getting what they wanted, ignoring the cost to themselves and others. The beautiful and infamous Lola Montez visited the Goldfields in 1855 and danced the Spider Dance in her gauze dress for the miners, with an agreement to be paid in gold. Bridget Hurford was the first woman to be hanged in
There are over forty-five entries in the book. Each contains detailed information on its subject. The stories are enhanced by the illustrations of the characters in black ink. There are Fact Boxes with fascinating and educational Did You Know?…bits of crime trivia. The book closes with Joe Korp and Tanyia Herman from the mum-in-the-boot murder; the Moran family, and the life story of Tony Mokbel.