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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Sounds fascinating, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Mary. It’s a bit of a specialised subject, although some of the case stories are worth reading in their own right. Incredible!

  2. These collections of real-life historical cases are always a compelling read. I have no doubt that David will do well with his new book.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks so much, Pete. I’m getting another book about Victorian asylums soon, so I’ll be reporting back on the same subject! Have a good weekend!

  3. Olga, it was exciting to read this review! Back when I did the “Copper” serial I became very interested in Victorian things.
    The book does indeed sound well organized (something I appreciate as an editor).
    Good luck to David. I also look forward to the upcoming review you mentioned to Pete. TGIF and hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I remember the wonderful discoveries of objects, expressions and all kinds of things from your serial. Great. It is a fascinating subject as, even if it is very focused on the crimes and insanity, you do get a sense of what people’s lives were like at the time. I haven’t received the book I mentioned to Pete, yet, but I hope I’ll get it before I leave for Barcelona and I’ll have a chance to read it while I’m there. Have a great Friday!

  4. I’m not in a state of mind to read this at the moment, but when I am, I’m pretty sure I will lap it up!

    1. I hope you feel better soon. I know it’s an era you’re interested in, Sarah, although luckily you find beautiful things from the period. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sally. And it’s true that reality can be stranger than fiction. Have a great weekend!

  5. dgkaye says:

    Another good psychological read to bookmark. Thanks again Olga. So glad books don’t have calories! 🙂

    1. That’s a scary thought, Debby! Mind you, if reading counted as exercise I’d be fit for the Olympics!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Wouldn’t we all? LOL 🙂

        1. Surely we’re moving our eyes… (and if it’s in paper even our fingers…)

          1. dgkaye says:

            Lol yes! 🙂

          2. 😉

  6. I am very excited about this book, Olga. I love the Victorian era and this book, which looks at both medical and legal aspects is bound to enchant me.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It does a good job of trying to explain the basis of many of the legal terms that come from very far back. I’m waiting on another book on a similar topic so there might be more recommendations coming your way soon. 🙂

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