I am drawn to the unusual in the everyday – extraordinary events in the lives of ordinary people, the tinge of domestic gothic.
Poison Panic, the true story of arsenic deaths in 1840s Essex, was published in 2016. Fatal Evidence, my biography of leading nineteenth-century forensic scientist Alfred Swaine Taylor was published in 2017 and was recommended in the Guardian’s Best summer books 2018.
I have written about strange discoveries in parish registers and local newspapers for Fortean Times, genealogy how-to’s for Family Tree magazine and guest blogs for Findmypast and Historic UK. I contributed research to, and appeared on, an episode of Radio 4’s Punt PI. I give the occasional talk – look out for me at Highgate Cemetery and in Bury St Edmunds later in 2018.