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You are hereby invited to appear as a Cold Case Juror

The cases you will read in my books are about baffling real-life crimes that have never been solved or have verdicts open to doubt.

Your verdict, and the Jury's decision, will help resolve these compelling and intriguing cases for all time.

Open a book, and take your seat in the jury box.

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My name is Antony Matthew Brown. I live in Hampshire, England. I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of historical unsolved murders - I have a databse of them! Other interests include philosophy, board game inventing, hiking and travel.

My favourite author is probably George Orwell, despite Will Self calling his writing style 'pedestrian'. I admire Orwell's clarity and keen sense of observation. Of true crime writers, I like Edgar Lustgarten for similar reasons. Sadly, I often find true crime books long-winded and turgid. I hope mine are a pacy and enjoyable blend of non-fiction and creative non-fiction. I hope this makes a compelling read. Please let me know - via e-mail or Twitter @ccjury.

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You are about to encounter the most baffling cases in the history of crime...

Here you will discover a series of books about unsolved historical crimes, typically murders from decades or even centuries ago. Each case is puzzling and utterly compelling, combining history with a real-life whodunit. Every reader is invited to take a seat on the Cold Case Jury, weigh up the evidence and different theories in each case and reach a decision concerning what most likely happened. Each book reads like a fast-paced thriller, taking you back in time to see the crime dramatically re-enacted according to each theory, showing the different ways the drama might have unfolded. Enter your decision at this website and, as others do the same, the verdict for each case will emerge.

History awaits your verdict.

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Green Bicycle Mystery

Case 1: The Poisoning of Charles Bravo, London, England, 1876

Poisoning At The Priory

Poisoning at the Priory

When a dying barrister is told by his doctors he has ingested a rare poison he seems strangely indifferent to his plight. It looks like suicide but a coroner's inquest finds he was unlawfully killed. Over a century later debate still rages: was Charles Bravo responsible for his own death or was his life taken by a sinister hand unseen?

Nobody was accused; nobody was brought to trial. Now you can act as a Cold Case Juror and deliver your verdict on how Charles Bravo died. With plenty of contrary evidence, three prime suspects and four possible verdicts, this is one of the hottest cold cases.

Case 2: The Disappearance of Gay Gibson, North Atlantic, 1947

Death Of An Actress

Death of an Actress

Together they looked like a couple from the golden age of Hollywood. He was a dashing steward with a roving eye. She was an attractive actress who liked sexual adventure. Their liaison on board the liner was almost inevitable but the outcome was certainly not. She ended up dead, her body pushed through a porthole and into the Atlantic Ocean. Sex and death on the high seas, but was it murder?

A jury thought so, and the steward was sentenced to death. Medical evidence suggests his story of her dying in his arms may be correct. The Cold Case Jury must reach a verdict on how the actress died.

Case 3: The Murder of Julia Wallace, Liverpool, England, 1931

Julia Wallace

Move to Murder

A telephone message is left at a chess club, instructing one of its members, insurance agent William Wallace, to meet a Mr Qualtrough. But the address given by the mystery caller does not exist and Wallace returns home to find his wife Julia bludgeoned to death.

The case turns on the telephone call. Who made it? The police thought it was Wallace, creating an alibi that might have come from an Agatha Christie thriller. Others believe Wallace innocent but disagree on the identity of the murderer. The Cold Case Jury must decide what happened in one of the most celebrated cold cases of all time.

Case 4: The Shooting of Bella Wright, Leicester, England, 1919

The Green Bicycle Mystery

The Green Bicycle Mystery

It is a case that could have been taken from the memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. A girl is found dead by her bicycle in a lonely country lane. The death is thought to be an accident, but the autopsy reveals that she was shot in the head. The only clue is that she was last seen with a man on a green bicycle, who seemingly vanishes into thin air. Nearly a year later, the police find the suspect, and he is sent for trial but acquitted. The case remains unsolved to this day. Now dramatic evidence that has been hidden in a police safe for decades is being put for before the Cold Case Jury, who must deliver its verdict in this astonishing case.

Case 5: The Shark Arm Murders, Sydney, Australia, 1935

The Shark With The Tattooed Arm

The Shark with the Tattooed Arm

A scuttled yacht. A missing person. A captured shark. The three events appear unrelated, but when the shark coughs up a human arm in a Sydney aquarium a one-in-a-million coincidence quickly turns into a murder inquiry. The police have two prime suspects, but one is gunned down in his car by Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the other is soon acquitted at trial. Others are suspected, but the case turns cold. It remains unsolved to this day.

Now the Cold Case Jury must reach a decision on who most likely killed the missing man in one of the most sensational crimes of the 20th century.

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