Behold, the subject of The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable, the Quaker John Tawell, a true Jekyll-and-Hyde character. It’s always great being able to put a picture to a name, isn’t it. I didn’t have the pleasure of doing so with the little minx, Jane New (An Irresistible Temptation) or William Blackstone and his bank robbery brethren (Breaking the Bank). Captain Thunderbolt (Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady) was survived only by his gruesome morgue photos and Mary Ann Bugg (Thunderbolt’s lady) by a speckled shot. But herewith John Tawell. If only it showed his full face, rather than just the side view. The man who drew the picture was one of the journalists at Tawell’s trial, so the side view was probably the only view he had.
Books like The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable go through a huge edit process, but the end is drawing nigh and the book will soon go off to the printer. I just received the following feedback from the freelance British proof-reader, Benjamin Marvin, who is well known for reading books of the same historical timeframe. Thank you Benjamin!
‘I absolutely love this book! The amount of research that's gone into it is mind-boggling, and Carol has done an awesome job of skilfully combining all the elements to bring the people involved to life. John Tawell was a nasty piece of work, yet despite wanting him to be found guilty of his crimes I was genuinely horrified at the terrible way his life came to an end. Every chapter is consistently great, but the Quaker's final days are so packed with tension that I actually began to sympathise with him. Until the very end, of course. What a fascinating story. This has all the elements I look for in a book, and I was hooked from page 1. This is how it's done.’
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