Great jurisfiction from 1913!
Good jurisfiction is timeless.
An example: Marie Belloc Lowndes’ The Lodger, based on the Jack the Ripper murders. Lowndes wrote this jurisfictional novel in 1913 – almost a century ago.
The Lodger tells the tale of Jack the Ripper – from his landlady’s point of view. The reader’s sense of stepping into another era amplifies the novel’s chilling suspense.
Born in London 1868, Lowndes was the daughter of a French lawyer and an English feminist. She was raised in France and began writing novels in 1904. The Lodger is her most famous work; it has five different movie versions, the first being Alfred Hitchcock’s silent film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog in 1927.
Lowndes also wrote another intriguing jurisfictional novel in 1939: Lizzie Borden: A Study in Conjecture, a story about the infamous spinster accused of murdering her father and stepmother. Lowndes was a prolific writer writing a novel a year from 1904 until her death in 1947.
The Lodger is available through Project Gutenberg. I’ll post my review later this week.