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Editorial Reviews


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

One of IndieWire's 10 Best Gifts for True Crime Fans
One of
 The Washington Post's "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction"
One of
CrimeReads' "Best True Crime Books of 2021"

“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.”
The New York Times

“A deeply absorbing account of the life and deeds of one of the Ripper’s earliest ‘successors’ . . . An admirable piece of work, a model for its kind.”
The Wall Street Journal

“[Dr. Thomas Neill Cream] will hauntingly occupy a space in your nightmares after you read of his life and crimes in
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream. An extraordinarily well-researched and arrestingly written work . . . this is a book that grabs you from its first sentence, weaving a suspenseful tale and taking readers on a grand, if gruesome, historical journey.”
Chicago Tribune

“Jobb . . . re-creates Cream’s heartless life in short, highly dramatic chapters.” 
The Washington Post

“If you've been hunting for your next true crime addiction this summer, Dean Jobb's
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream has it all: a serial-killer doctor, corrupt leaders, and a ground-breaking investigation by Scotland Yard, all within the spellbinding setting of London circa 1892.” 

“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.”
BuzzFeed, “28 Summer Books to Get Excited About” 

“A must for true crime fans.”

“A tour de force of storytelling. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Dean Jobb breathes new life into Cream's victims—who they were, where and how they lived—all the while blending in thorny issues of policing, of the fictional detectives being created, of the other serial killers on the loose. This book is both chilling and thrilling.” 
Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series

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 Thomas 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] creates a nuanced portrait of Cream that’s much more chilling than Mr. Hyde.”

“Masterful . . . True crime doesn’t get any better than this.”

“[A] fascinating read.”
—, July Book Club Selection

“Chilling and fascinating . . . Jobb’s true crime stories are not to be missed.”

“Jobb’s extensive research pays off in a true crime masterpiece that will easily sit alongside 
The Devil in the White City.” 
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.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“An illuminating, if frightening, book . . . Jobb handles this hideous yet compelling story so well . . . An absorbing and grim account,
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream is a gripping addition to the true crime genre.”

“Jobb uses Cream’s spree to illuminate the era’s surgical and policing practices, and despite Cream’s monstrousness, Jobb’s storytelling ‘makes the book a pleasure to read.’”
The Week

“[A] fascinating read.”

“The graphically told tale of a notorious 19th-century slayer… Impressive.”
Washington Independent Review of Books

“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.”

“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.” 
Library Journal

“Engrossing . . . An informative and entertaining true crime text.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
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.”
Margalit Fox, author of Conan Doyle for the Defense 

“An exciting whodunit  . . . Jobb also does the unusual in true crime: he describes in detail the lives of Cream’s victims. The scholarship he employed to tell this story is staggering . . . the numbing regard and treatment of women in Victorian times — especially of unmarried pregnant, widowed and abandoned women — tugs at the heart.”
—Winnipeg Free Press

“A must-read... historically rich and shockingly poignant, Jobb’s text is not one to miss.”
—True Crime Index

“First-rate creative non-fiction [and] very hard to put down . . . Crime buffs are going to motor through this book.”

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 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program. He is the author of eight previous books, including Empire of Deception, which the New York Times Book Review called “intoxicating and impressively researched” and the Chicago Writers Association named the Nonfiction Book of the Year. Jobb has written for major newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and the Irish Times. He writes a monthly true-crime column, “Stranger Than Fiction,” for 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.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Algonquin Books (July 5, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643752502
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643752501
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.44 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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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.


Twitter: @DeanJobb

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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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