Thursday 29 November 2018

A Death in Peking: Who Killed Pamela Werner by Graeme Sheppard @GDSheppardUK - My Life in Books - @GinaRozner @EarnshawBooks

The brutal murder of 19-year-old Pamela Werner in the city of Peking one night in January 1937 shocked the world, but the police never found or named the murderer. 
A best-selling book, Midnight in Peking, declared the murderer to be an American dentist, but English policeman Graeme Sheppard, 30 years with Scotland Yard, decided that conclusion was flawed, spent years investigating all aspects of the case and came up with an entirely different conclusion. So who did it? Who killed Pamela? 
This book provides never-revealed evidence and a different perpetrator.

A Death in Peking: Who Killed Pamela Werner by Graeme Sheppard was published by Earnshaw Books on 28 November 2018 in paperback.

I'm delighted to welcome the author here to Random Things today, he's talking about the books that are special to him in My Life In Books.

My Life in Books - Graeme Sheppard

The Go-between, by L.P. Hartley
Hartley possessed the rare skill of recalling how it was to experience the unfathomable world of adults through the eyes of a twelve-year-old child.

A Dance with the Dragon, by Julia Boyd
A vivid picture of the strange and eccentric lives of foreigners in early 20th century Peking, told through their memoirs, stories, and letters.

Hermit of Peking; The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, by Hugh Trevor-Roper
Trevor-Roper’s wonderfully composed 1970s expose of Britain’s bizarrest export to China: Backhouse the serial fraudster. It still stirs controversy today.

Caught in the Light, by Robert Goddard
Goddard is the master of the here and now mystery-thriller, of extraordinary happenings befalling ordinary people. I reckon this is one is his best.

Armistice 1918, by Harry R. Rudin
A 1940s scholarly study of events surrounding the end of WW1. Rudin’s research is meticulous: detail, detail, detail. I love that.

Stig of the Dump, by Clive King
This captured the eight-year-old me. By the light of my bedside lamp I was there exploring the chalk-pit with the author.

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Bryson’s page-turning appeal is his ability to entertainingly twin the subject of his study with vignettes of the people connected, linking effortlessly all the way.

Shanghai Policeman, E.W. Peters
A different side to China altogether. A British sergeant’s take on 1930s policing in China’s wild-west of a city. A great read owing to the writer’s complete lack of modern political correctness. He tells it as it was. And you don’t have to be a police officer to read between the lines where he doesn’t.

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Fond memories of reading Dr. Suess stories to my children. Back in the Nineties It took me ages finding old copies, only for them all to be subsequently reprinted and on sale in bookshops everywhere. Great reads and great nostalgia.

Graeme Sheppard - November 2018 

Born and raised in London, Graeme Sheppard is a retired police officer with thirty years’ service with the Metropolitan Police and in the Northeast of England. 
With commendations for crime detection, his policing experience includes working in areas as wide-ranging as London’s West End, former coal-mining towns, rural villages and inner-city housing estates. 
He has been involved in the hunt for numerous murder suspects.

His enthusiasm for history and sharp eye for telling evidence has resulted in articles in History Today. 
He lives with his wife in Hampshire, UK.

Twitter : @GDSheppardUK


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