Nigel Jones' Top History Moments of 2010

Nigel Jones reveals his favourite book and History Today article of 2010.

Murder in the Metro

The book Murder in the Metro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France by Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite (Louisiana State University Press) and related History Today article by Annette Finley-Croswhite published in the January 2010 issue. Like Charles Nicholl's The Reckoning on the murder of Christopher Marlowe this investigation of a historic murder both conjures up a particular time and place with forensic actuality, and uncovers previously unnoticed yet significant detail, for, as Nicholl writes: 'An unsolved murder does not really age. It continues to invite our attention, our questions, our unease'.