• The Parker Hulme Murder

    “Please help us!!! Mummy is hurt, covered in blood!” Kenneth and Agnes Ritchie didn’t know what to think as two blood-covered teenage girls ran up to them at Victoria Park’s Tea Kiosk from the nearby walkway. Agnes recognised them as just having eaten in the tearooms just minutes earlier. As she led the distressed girls …

  • THE CASE OF THE SEVERED HAND – THE HOWARD MYSTERY

    As Arthur Rennage Howard sipped his beer at the Day’s Hotel in Sumner, he looked at the time on his silver pocket watch. It was 4pm on Saturday, the 10th October 1885. He looked out the window as Sumner beach began to empty of sunbathers and swimmers, the sun beginning to lower in the sky. …

  • Murder at the Lyttelton Anglican Cemetery

    Shipwright John Blair Thompson watched his 11 year old daughter Isabella skip away from him, her happy laughter pouring into his ears.  She had every reason to be joyful and excited, the school picnic was a few days away and the whole township of Lyttelton always looked forward to such an event.  It was to …

  • Prelude To Murder At The Oxford On Avon

    When Mrs. Jane Smith breezed into The Oxford Hotel that February day in 1901, she had more baggage with her than just her physical luggage.  She was a pretty young woman and knew it, her eyes scanning the tavern before her with a poker-faced bemusement.  Even though she had telephoned ahead before her arrival, she …

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