Jacqui B Writer

Lawrence Harpham Murder Mysteries

When war broke out in 1914, all militant suffragette action ceased.  From that point, all focus was on the war effort.  The following extract is typical of the patriotism of both suffragists & suffragettes. Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 15 October 1915 The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (Non-Party and Non-Militant) Contains over 602 …

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It is fascinating to read historical newspaper accounts of women’s emancipation which expose attitudes markedly different than those today.  Two contrasting newspaper articles about liberal politicians show remarkable differences in values, from which today’s politicians could draw a lesson.  The first article, reported in The Bury & Norwich Post 14 June 1898, shows a politician …

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During my research for Vote for Murder, I came across the following extract  in a letter from P Jones to his friend and cousin Major Jones in which he mentioned murderess Mary Emily Cage, my inspiration for the book.  The letter entitled,  The brutality and cruelty of the British people , describes several British murders during 1851 including two Suffolk murders & the …

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It’s always lovely to log onto Amazon and find a new review, and even better if it’s a five star review. I am grateful for each and every review, believing that any writer can learn something from a reader’s comments, be they good, bad or indifferent. In this case I was especially pleased to receive the following accolade, not just because my reader …

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Vote for Murder is set in two main locations; Stonham Aspal during 1851 and Christchurch Park, Ipswich in Edwardian times.  Suffragette Louisa Russell, cousin of Millicent Fawcett, lives in Ivry Road on the outskirts of Christchurch Park.  These two areas, together with Henley Road and Fonnereau Road, account for many settings within the book. Christchurch Park …

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On 23rd March 1851, James Cage took his last breath, poisoned to death by his wife, Mary.  The Press were quick to report on the murder and  before long produced damning reports of Mary and her ‘depraved’ character, as evidenced in the extract from the 9 August 1851 Norfolk Chronicle, below: “It will be remembered …

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In Vote for Murder, Louisa Russell witnesses the unedifying spectacle of Clara Delaney enduring force-feeding in Holloway prison.  Though a work of fiction, this is based on numerous true accounts of the tortuous force-feeding of suffragettes who resorted to hunger strikes, willing to die for their cause. The Bath Hotel in Felixstowe was completely gutted on 29th April …

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