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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by [Dean Jobb]

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One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021:
New York Times Book Review * BuzzFeed * CrimeReads * Book Riot

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream is a macabre, utterly suspenseful true crime thriller about a forgotten madman every bit as cunning and evil as Jack the Ripper. Dean Jobb combines scholarship with a breakneck narrative so relentless it kept me up all night. Warning: Read with the lights on.
--Abbott Kahler, New York Times bestselling author (as Karen Abbott) of The Ghosts of Eden Park

The story of the infamous poisoner Neill Cream is so many things--horrifying, fascinating, and insightful, a portrait of late 19th-century police work at a time when the idea of the professional detective was just starting to take shape. And in this vivid and compelling book, Dean Jobb does full justice to that story.
--Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poisoner's Handbook

Jobb recounts Cream's life and evokes the societal attitudes that allowed him to kill: the blind faith placed in doctors, the power imbalance between Cream and the people who sought his care.
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New York Times

True crime fans will want to pick up Dean Jobb's engrossing account of Thomas Neill Cream . . . Jobb builds Cream's world in vivid, transportive detail; I had a lot of fun being swept away.
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BuzzFeed, 28 Summer Books To Get Excited About

[Jobb] creates a nuanced portrait of Cream that's much more chilling than Mr. Hyde.
--BookPage

Chilling and fascinating . . . Jobb's true crime stories are not to be missed.
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CrimeReads

Jobb's extensive research pays off in a true crime masterpiece that will easily sit alongside The Devil in the White City.
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Publishers Weekly, starred review

Jobb richly embellishes his grim central tale with carefully researched setting, detail, and social mores of the late Victorian era, elegantly contrasted with his eponymous fiend, Thomas Neill Cream . . . A vivid, engaging revival of a forgotten Victorian villain.
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Kirkus Reviews

Jobb does a masterful job of following the investigation, which ranged from England to the United States to Canada, and of presenting Dr. Cream not merely as a murderer, but as a complex, unstable, and deeply fascinating individual. True crime doesn't get any better than this.
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Booklist

Jobb's research is excellent . . . [His] compelling account of Cream's reign of terror will appeal to readers interested in Jack the Ripper or Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.
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Library Journal

Engrossing . . . An informative and entertaining true crime text.
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Foreword Review

Jobb captures the hypocrisy, class differences, and gender inequality of the times in an extensively researched non-fiction telling of the forgotten nineteenth century serial killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cream . . . Both grim and hard to put down.
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Southern Bookseller Review

Dean Jobb's meticulous research is evident on every page of his gripping study of the extraordinary serial killer Doctor Cream, a nineteenth century 'monster of iniquity' whose homicidal career was truly stranger than fiction.
--Martin Edwards, author of Mortmain Hall and the Lake District Mysteries

Dean Jobb has produced another mesmerizing feat of historical storytelling.
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream vividly recreates the career of one of the most audacious--and deadly--criminals in history.
--Gary Krist, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Sin and The Mirage Factory

Tense, atmospheric, and effortlessly readable,
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream has all the sinister elegance of a hansom cab emerging from a late Victorian London smog.
--Paul Willetts, author of King Con

Deeply researched and rich in grisly detail,
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream fuses the blow-by-blow efforts to catch a serial killer with the larger picture of crime and detection in the late nineteenth century. A fine piece of social history as well as an extraordinary story, it engrossed me right up to its deeply satisfying conclusion.
--Charlotte Gray, author of eleven nonfiction bestsellers, including The Massey Murder and Murdered Midas

A brilliant evocation of an age and a fascinating dissection of a serial killer's crimes. Dean Jobb is a first-rate storyteller and historical detective. A real page-turner.
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Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

Corruption, madness, murder: Dr. Cream has it all. This is a spectacular and absorbing tale, meticulously reported and vividly told. An enthralling page-turner.
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Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

The definitive retelling of a story about a devious doctor, the dogged investigators who hunted him, and the murders that shocked the world. Dr. Cream's story comes to life in Jobb's spellbinding tale.
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Kate Winkler Dawson, author American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

A tour de force of research, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream conjures an era when poisoners roamed the earth--and police seemed powerless to stop them.
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Margalit Fox, author of Conan Doyle for the Defense

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

About the Author

Dean Jobb is an award-winning author and journalist and a professor at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches in the graduate creative nonfiction and journalism programs. He is the author of six previous books, including Empire of Deception, which the New York Times Book Review called "intoxicating and impressive" and the Chicago Writers Association named the Nonfiction Book of the Year. Jobb has written for major American and Canadian newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the American Journalism Review, and Toronto's Globe and Mail, and his monthly true-crime column, "Stranger Than Fiction," appears in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. His work as an investigative reporter has been nominated for Canada's National Newspaper and National Magazine awards, and Jobb is a three-time winner of Atlantic Canada's top journalism award.



Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GFZQ442
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Algonquin Books (July 13, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 13, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 13386 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 431 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1443453323
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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"Jobb's true crime stories are not to be missed" – CrimeReads

I specialize in true crime and I'm drawn to stories that have been overlooked or forgotten – hidden gems tucked away in the attics of history. My latest book, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream, recreates Scotland Yard's hunt for a Victorian Era serial killer who murdered as many as 10 people in Britain, the U.S. and Canada. I discovered the subject of my previous book, Empire of Deception – Leo Koretz and his amazing oil swindle in 1920s Chicago – by chance, while doing other research. I spotted a reference to his arrest in Nova Scotia and I knew instantly it was a great story.

Empire of Deception won the Crime Writers of Canada award for best true crime book of 2015, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and was named the Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year. I'm also the author of two collections of Nova Scotia true crime stories – Daring, Devious & Deadly (2020) and Madness, Mayhem & Murder (2021).

I write a monthly true crime column for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and my features and book reviews appear in CrimeReads, The Irish Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, Canada’s History magazine and other major publications. I teach in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

Website: www.deanjobb.com

Twitter: @DeanJobb

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Readable Book, - Extremely Well Researched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murderous Dr. Cream is a Killer of a Read
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Reviewed in Canada on August 10, 2021
Dean Jobb writes historical nonfiction like a novel (a talent he shares with Erik Larson). His research is so extensive that he often makes readers feel as though they're at the scene, witnessing conversations among people. And the sub-theme, that the role of "professional detective" was just emerging at this time, adds a Sherlock Holmesian twist to things. First-rate.
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