Deaths at Josephine's Gasworks Hotel

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Immerse yourself in Victorian era intrigue and the world of publican Josephine. A story never before told. A suspicious death, a coroner’s inquest, a Supreme Court verdict of fraud and a family cut out of a last minute will. Did Josephine kill this man and three others? Climb aboard the investigative journey. Includes readers’ guide for book group. Follow on Twitter for added colour. More

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Words: 39,310
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301824977
About David Coombe

I accidentally wrote a book. But now I am purposely writing a second. In each case I was hooked by something odd, something that didn’t seem quite right. That leads to uncertain places and unformed paths, but the journey is exhilarating and the checkpoints are subjected to the analytical thoroughness my previous career demanded. Narrative non-fiction is my thing; colonial murder mystery grabs me. I live in Canberra, Australia, coincidentally the home of the National Library of Australia’s Trove Digitised Newspapers.


Review by: Tony Coombe on July 22, 2013 :
Excellent research and presentation.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jane Sykes on May 25, 2013 : (no rating)
This was a very interesting read. I enjoyed the way Coombe incorporated the facts and original sources into the unfolding narrative.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kat huges on May 11, 2013 : (no rating)
A great read, drew me in. Very well written and researched.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ian Coombe on April 22, 2013 :
An engaging discovery of “cold case” facts that you can’t put down. It has a conclusion that is entirely up to the reader – has David Coombe unearthed the irrefutable evidence of a serial killer from 150 years ago?

This book has an unusual style that jumps out at you from the start. Yet the style is appropriate and immerses you in the context and era. It is quick to get used to and is a delightful journey into a bygone era where things were done very differently.

The true-life story of research into a family tree. The previously hidden facts are discovered and unpacked in a way that involves you in the detective work. Sequencing is superb. As each new piece of jaw-dropping evidence is examined, you inevitably ask “but what about …” questions that are answered along the way – with even more stunning evidence. It is a detective feast!

As I finished the last page, I couldn’t help but go back over the material provided on the companion website – just to confirm that I had just discovered evidence of a serial killer myself! And now that I’m left with this astonishing conclusion, my imagination is fired and I wonder more about what made Josephine tick. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kerry finning on April 01, 2013 :
I must congradulate David Coombe on the hard work he put into this book all the research shows in this extraordinary story. Great for the family History researches as it just goes to show what we can find from the past....
Once again David great reading.....
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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