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Lingering Doubts by Deb Drummond and Janice Teunis

Lingering Doubts

by Deb Drummond and Janice Teunis

Sixty-six years after Reg Brown was convicted and imprisoned for the alleged sexually-motivated slaying of 19-year-old Bronia Armstrong, his granddaughters, Deb Drummond and Janice Teunis, investigated ‘The Arcade Murder’—as it was generally known—and published Lingering Doubts. If this book hasn’t vindicated their grandfather, to some extent straightening a highly-suspect official record, it has raised grave doubts about the integrity of the police investigation in 1947, headed by Detective Frank Bischof.

Kitty’s War

Diaries are an important primary source for any historical research. “Kitty’s War” by Janet Butler includes excerpts from a number of diaries kept by WW1 nurses as well as those by Kit McNaughton. The vivid descriptions contained in them tell the 21st-century reader a lot about the appalling conditions suffered by all the participants in The Great War but also indicate a shift in perception of the nurses’ own roles in the military and the greater society they will rejoin after the conflict.

The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill

The Butterfly Cabinet
Bernie McGill
Publisher: Headline Review
The charm intrinsic to collecting butterflies and pinning them to a display board eludes me.
It seems to be the chief delight—with riding her barely-tamed horse, Caesar—of Harriet Ormond. Certainly dead butterflies are easier to view and appreciate for their miraculous colourings, but the essential spirit of butterfly, or “flutterby” as I remember calling each little enchantment  as a child, is vanished, never to be reclaimed.