The Maul and the Pear Tree

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First edition (publ. Constable)

The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811 is a true crime book by British historian T. A. Critchley and mystery writer P. D. James about the Ratcliff Highway murders, published in 1971.[1]

According to the publisher's blurb, it is "one of the most elegant exercises in literary historical detection since Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time".


  1. ^ James Gregory (30 November 2011). Victorians Against the Gallows: Capital Punishment and the Abolitionist Movement in Nineteenth Century Britain. I.B.Tauris. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-85773-088-6.