• [Harman] is a storyteller, with a sense of pace and timing, relish for a good scene and a wry sense of humour

  • [A] riveting investigation into a transgression that scandalised the literati of Victorian London in 1840. An engrossing fireside festive treat

    The Bookseller
  • Harman paints a vivid picture of London in thrall to the Jack Sheppard phenomenon.... a brilliant piece of literary detective work

    Evening Standard
  • This beautifully produced and impressively researched historical account of a celebrated Victorian murder with a literary twist reads like a thriller. I devoured it in one sitting, and was at once enthralled and chilled. Highly recommended!

    Alison Weir
  • A fascinating portrait of Victorian London amid the rising popularity of the novel

    The Observer
  • A riveting investigation into a true and vicious murder that shocked Victorian London

    Woman & Home
  • A fascinating account.... As Harman skilfully reveals, the real story behind the famous murder is the complex one about the harmful influence of fiction on the mind of the reader.

    The Times
  • The book's heft lies in its rich detail...characters and settings are so vivid that Murder By The Book will surely soon be snatched up by television producers seeking their next Victorian crime drama

    Daily Mail
  • [A] scandalous Victorian mystery... Harman tells the story with clarity and vigour

    Guardian Book of the Day
  • Harman resists sensationalising the murder... Instead, she offers a long view of the circular relationship between crime and literature

    New Statesman