True Adventures of the Gentleman Commando Who Took on the Nazis
Robert de La Rochefoucald was a French aristocrat who was taught sabotage and combat skills by Britain's SOE before teaming up with the French Resistance to organize cells, blow up munitions factories and assassinate prominent Nazis. Drawing on family archives and wide-ranging historical documents, this account tells how he was captured and tortured for months, making two remarkable escapes, one of them from the hands of a firing squad.
The Minister and the Murderer
A Book of Aftermaths
Should a self-confessed murderer be allowed to become a priest? In 1984 the Church of Scotland wrestled with this question when James Nelson, who had served a prison sentence for killing his mother, applied for ordination as a minister. Kelly uses this case as the starting-point for a history of the Church in Scotland, which also combines personal memoir, true-crime narrative and an exegesis of biblical and literary accounts of sin and forgiveness.
Beyond the Call
The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front
A US airstrip in Ukraine was the base from which bomber pilot Robert Trimble carried out his rescue mission in 1945. Keeping his experiences private until shortly before his death in 2009, his testimony is enhanced by original research into the little-known operation.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Durham
Covering the whole of County Durham (before the boundary changes of 1974), this survey unearths kidnapping, highway robbery, incest and a burglary at the Co-op in Windy Nook as well as manslaughter and murder, from a strangled labourer in 1624 to the case of Abel Atherton, hanged for shooting Elizabeth Ann Patrick in Chopwell in 1909.
The Lady in the Cellar
Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury
On 9 May 1879, an upmarket lodging house, 4 Euston Square, was being prepared for the arrival of a new tenant when the body of a well-dressed, middle-aged lady was discovered in the coal cellar. It was obviously a case of murder, and the ensuing police investigation exposed, behind the respectable facade of Euston Square, a sinister web of sexual intrigue involving the housemaid, Hannah Dobbs, and the landlord, Severin Bastendorff. Slightly off-mint.