The Jigsaw Murders: Pre-order true crime book about landmark Dr Buck Ruxton murders from Agatha Christie era

My true crime book THE JIGSAW MURDERS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE RUXTON KILLINGS AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN FORENSICS is now available for pre-order and will be published on May 28.

In 1935, Lancaster doctor Buck Ruxton murdered his wife and children’s nanny, dismembered their bodies and discarded the remains in a ravine in Scotland. The subsequent police and forensic work to piece together the macabre human jigsaw puzzle revolutionised crime-scene investigations.

I was haunted by the case from childhood, having grown up near Lancaster. I wrote the book because there had never been a full-length, detailed, narrative non-fiction account of the case. 

My book is now being developed as a drama for television by Elaine Collins, of STV Productions, who was the producer behind the Ann Cleeves adaptations, Vera on ITV and Shetland on the BBC.

Elaine very kindly said: “Jeremy Craddock is a hugely talented writer and journalist, who is not only determined to excavate this brutal story and the consequent scientific breakthroughs that still influence today’s forensics, but to give an unprecedented voice to Ruxton’s female victims.

“I’m excited to develop this complex and multi-layered crime story for television, to give presence to the victims, and to dramatise the characteristically brilliant scientists at work in 1930s Scotland.”

The book — published by The History Press — can be ordered at all the usual platforms where you buy books. Click here to choose your preferred bookseller.

And finally, I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in THE JIGSAW MURDERS.

The Jigsaw Murders: cover reveal

Here is the cover for The Jigsaw Murders: The True Story of the Ruxton Killings and the Birth of Modern Forensics.

Given the nature of the story, I think it’s subtle and understated. It also has a feel of those old Agatha Christie Pan paperbacks, which is great, because the Ruxton case fell during the Queen of Crime’s golden period of the 1930s.

The book is now available for pre-order (including as an audiobook; the ebook will be available shortly) on Amazon and Blackwell’s, with other platforms and bookshops to follow.