'Was rich Mrs Gertrude Hullett murdered at her luxurious 15-room
home on Beachy Head? Detectives are tonight trying to establish the
cause of the 50-year-old widow's sudden death . . . ' Daily Mail,
1957In July 1957, the press descended in droves on the south-coast
town of Eastbourne. An inquest had just been opened into the
suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Mrs Bobbie
Hullett. She died after months of apparent barbiturate abuse - the
drugs prescribed to calm her nerves by her close friend and doctor,
Dr John Bodkin Adams.The inquest brought to the surface years of
whispered suspicion that had swept through the tea rooms, shops and
nursing homes of the town. The doctor's alarming influence over the
lives, deaths and finances of wealthy widows had not gone unnoticed
- it was rumoured that the family doctor had been on a killing
spree that spanned decades and involved 300 suspicious cases.
Superintendent Hannam of Scotland Yard was called in to
investigate.The Curious Habits of Dr Adams brilliantly brings to
life the atmosphere of post-war England, and uses a wealth of new
documents to follow the twists and turns of an extraordinary
Scotland Yard murder enquiry. As expertly crafted as the best
period detective novel, this book casts an entertainingly chilling
light on a man reputed to be one of England's most prolific serial
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