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Hidden behind privilege and politeness, the affluent façade of Victorian London covered a dark and seedy secret, ripe with crime. A city of extremes, shaped by devastating famine and fueled by massive economic expansion during the Industrial Revolution, exacerbated a class system of haves and have-nots. Meanwhile, the newly established police force had their hands full keeping pace with the city’s vices.

Victorian era mysteries pinned their "modern" policing and investigation techniques against the vast criminal underworld, from detective dramas to notorious serial killings. Oil up your gaslight and call on your inner sleuth with these haunting tales from the late 19th century.

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