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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. This year sees the publication of Fatal Evidence, my biography of Alfred Swaine Taylor, leading nineteenth-century forensic scientist.

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.

For genealogy and parish register transcriptions, see my sister site Essex & Suffolk Surnames.