Deaths at Josephine's Gasworks Hotel

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From 1863 to 1874, Josephine was the publican of the Gasworks Hotel in Brompton, an inner suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. Four men died there in that time – two of them were husbands. This is an untold story that plugs gaps in several family histories. Includes companion website and readers’ guide for book groups. More

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About David Coombe

I enjoy uncovering new stories of ordinary people through their link to extraordinary events. Reading old newspapers, I can get hooked by something odd – something that doesn’t seem quite right. From there my research takes unknown paths. But it can lead to fascinating stories. Colonial Australia and narrative non-fiction are my thing. I live in Canberra, Australia.

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Tony Coombe reviewed on July 22, 2013

Excellent research and presentation.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Jane Sykes reviewed on May 25, 2013
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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)
kat huges reviewed on May 11, 2013
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A great read, drew me in. Very well written and researched.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Ian Coombe reviewed 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 27 days after purchase)
kerry finning reviewed on April 1, 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 6 days after purchase)
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