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Death of an Actress
Death of an Actress

Death of an Actress

A True Story of Sex, Lie and Murder on the High Seas

Cold Case Jury Series


268 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: May 2019

ISBN 9781910335826

Rights: US & CA

Mirror Books (May 2019)

Price: $13.95


October, 1947: a luxury liner steams over the equator off the coast of West Africa and a beautiful actress disappears from her cabin. Suspicion falls on a dashing deck steward with a reputation for entering the cabins of female passengers. When the liner docks at Southampton, the steward is questioned by police. Protesting his innocence, he makes an astonishing admission that shocks everyone, and is charged with murder. His trial at the historic Great Hall in Winchester draws the world's media. He is found guilty and sentenced to hang. Was the verdict sound? Many believe not. Now for the first time, Antony M. Brown has secured unprecedented access to the police file, enabling the definitive story to be told. Included in the file are original court exhibits, including a hairbrush with strands of the actress's red hair. Could a personal effect left behind in her cabin provide clues to how she might have died? Take your seat on the Cold Case Jury.


"Death of an Actress is another excellent book from Brown, and true crime fans will not be disappointed." —Real Crime Magazine

"Fascinating. A meticulous and compelling piece of true crime." —Richard Latto, BBC presenter

Author Biography

Antony M. Brown is an award-winning essayist, former magazine editor-in-chief, and member of the Crime Writers' Association. He is the author of the Cold Case Jury series.