“The game’s afoot!” Baby farming, Victorian sleuthing, and the occasional monster #BookReview, #Mystery, #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Barb Taub

Why is everyone talking about…

I know it’s happened to you too—you encounter something for the first time, and all of a sudden you hear about it or see it or even (if you’re particularly unlucky) eat it everywhere. Kale. Artisanal. Drone. Whatever purple food they’re eating in New York and Milan. Invites to puppy slumber parties**. The official term for the phenomena is “frequency illusion,” somewhat better known as the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.[**Okay, actually I really would like my puppy slumber party invite…]

Amelia Dyer (1837-1896) nursing training photograph [http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hobley-10]Amelia Dyer (1837-1896) nursing training photograph [Image credit: Wikitree]

Whatever you call it, it’s been happening to me. A few months ago I was researching for a new project referencing Jack the Ripper when I came across mention of one of the most prolific serial killers in history— a killer who makes the Ripper look like a rank amateur, a killer most people have never heard of, a killer who was a woman.

Her name was…

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