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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, is published by Pen & Sword. I’m currently working on Fatal Evidence, a biography of Alfred Swaine Taylor, an important figure in nineteenth-century British forensic science.

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.