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.


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