Isla's new book is a biography of real-life Detective Robert Marsden who was an officer in the Liverpool City Police Force during the middle of the nineteenth century.  Told through the contemporary newspaper reports and official police documents in which he appears, this book is filled with maps, illustrations and photographs.  Follow Detective Marsden as he walks the streets of Liverpool and New York City on the trail of thieves, fraudsters and murderers.  His story is also the story of Victorian Liverpool - its people, police, places and crimes. It will appeal to anyone interested in social and police history, Victorian Liverpool, true crime and the history of British detectives.  

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The book gave a startling insight into life in Liverpool, England’s second most important Victorian city. The rogues, beggars and corner men have free reign forcing the emergence of a formal police force and detective unit. Robert Marsden is one of the latter.  The amazing thing about the book is that it is all true !  I thoroughly enjoyed this book as would any aficionado of the true crime genre.
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Outstanding read, highly recommended. 
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A beautifully illustrated and fascinating insight into the world of a detective in Victorian Liverpool, rife with extreme poverty and, consequently, crime.
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Marsden's law. Very interesting book. Brings home the sometimes ridiculous state of affairs for the quality of the law in those days. Also, the horrors that people lived in and through.

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Excellent book full of real life stories about life in my home city. The focus is on the north of the city where all of my ancestors lived during the second half of the Victorian era.
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I can thoroughly recommend this book! Bigger than I expected, crammed full of interesting facts and photos. Its brilliant!
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Can’t recommend this book highly enough, especially if you’re interested in Victorian history, great images and clippings from the time paint a fascinating picture of the life and times and a true story underlying it all.
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I really loved the way this story about a real-life Police Detective in the early years of the official police force, weaves in the history of the times, with illustrations and information from newspapers and records of the day. It's a very entertaining read and gives a rich historical view of the times. It would make a great period movie, with Tom Hardy as Detective Robert Marsden!
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Excellent book, well researched, very interesting and would highly recommend.
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