Angel Of Death: Dulcie Markham, Australia's most beautiful bad woman

by Leigh Straw

On Sale: 20/05/2019


About the Book

The newspapers called her 'Australia's most beautiful bad woman' and she was deadly to know...

This is the story of 'pretty' Dulcie Markham, a key figure of the underworld of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, who, according to one crime reporter, 'saw more violence and death than any other woman in Australia's history'. Nicknamed the 'Black Widow' and 'Angel of Death' by the crooks, reporters and police who knew her best, Dulcie's lovers were stabbed and gunned down in the most violent years of Australian crime, the 1920s to the 1950s. Not always by her ...


'For readers new to the history of this appalling yet enthralling era of organised crime, the book will simply astonish' Catie Gilchrist, author of Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends, Tales from a Colonial Coroner's Court

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780733339660
  • ISBN 10: 0733339662
  • Imprint: ABC Books - AU
  • On Sale: 20/05/2019
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 32.99 AUD


Leigh Straw is Arts Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Notre Dame in Perth. She's passionate about Australian history and enjoys sharing compelling Australian stories with up to 500 students every year. Her interest in Australian crime history developed from when she lived in the Darlinghurst and Surry Hills areas of Sydney.  Over the last ten years she's written both fiction and popular non-fiction work. The Worst Woman in Sydney, about Kate Leigh, was published in 2016 by NewSouth. It was shortlisted for an ABIA. Lillian Armfield: Australia's first woman detective  was published by Hachette in 2018.

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