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Episode 10: T.G. Campbell | Topic: Bow Street SocietyEpisode 10: T.G. Campbell | Topic: Bow Street Society


T.G. Campbell is an award-winning crime fiction author and creator of the Bow Street Society.

Bow Street Society

The Bow Street Society is a fictional group of amateur detectives, operating in Victorian London, that feature in the murder mystery writings of T.G. Campbell. Each of its civilian members has been enlisted for their unique skill or exceptional knowledge in a particular field derived from their usual occupation. Members are assigned to cases, by the Society’s clerk, Miss Rebecca Trent, based upon these skills and fields of knowledge.




0:00:00​​​​ London beyond time and place Intro

01:05​​​​ Introduction

02:08​ Who or what is the Bow Street Society?

03:33​ Where did the idea for The Society come from?

05:56​ How and when did your interest in the Victorian era and its literature begin?

07:24​ What do you think, why are there so many people still fascinated by the era?

08:36​ What fascinates you most about the era?

09:39​ You have previously worked for a charity assisting witnesses through the process of giving evidence at court, and for another organisation aimed at assisting current and ex-offenders into training and/or employment. Have these jobs been an influence for your writing?

12:14​ When did you start writing fiction?

14:50​ Which works have influenced you?

16:20​ How do you create your characters?

21:26​ Do you have a favourite character?

23:09​ Choosing Bow Street as the location for the society

24:37​ Apart from the Mystery Books, there is also the Casebook, a collection of short stories – you always seem to find inspiration for new stories. Do you find it difficult to write the stories or do they come naturally to you?

27:05​ I imagine you put a lot of research into your stories. When I talk to writers, many of them say that the research often takes more time and can be as fun as the writing itself. Do you agree?

32:24​ You also write a blog about Victorian Britain on your website. What was the strangest story or fact about Victorian Britain that you ever found out?

33:49​ You also do great and atmospheric readings of your book that can be found on YouTube. Have you also thought about doing the stories as audiobooks with several speakers?

35:15​ You have been at several book signings and events. Was there one that stuck out?

37:46​ Would you like to go back in time and visit London in the 1890s?

39:11​ Have you been to Bow Street and other locations for research?

43:11​ You filmed a trailer for “The Case of the Curious Client”. Can you tell us a bit about that? And would you like to see the Society Books turned into a film or a series?

47:52​ What is your next project?

51:39​ Please tell us about your magnificent mug collection!


The Society’s website

Buy the Society books here:

The Case of the Curious Client: A Bow Street Society Mystery (third edition) (English Edition)*

The Case of The Lonesome Lushington (Bow Street Society Book 2) (English Edition)*

The Case of The Spectral Shot: A Bow Street Society Mystery, 3 (English Edition)*

The Case of The Toxic Tonic (Bow Street Society Book 4) (English Edition)*

The Case of The Shrinking Shopkeeper & Other Stories: The Bow Street Society Casebook (English Edition)*

The Case of The Peculiar Portrait & Other Stories: The Bow Street Society Casebook Volume 2 (English Edition)*

The Case of the Russian Rose & Other Stories: The Bow Street Society Casebook Volume 3 (English Edition)*

Criminal Shorts: UK Crime Book Club Anthology (English Edition)*

Website of Illustrator Peter Spells

Further reading

Writing Crime Fiction*


Talks beyond time and place” is a series of online conversations by author Philipp Röttgers of “London beyond time and place“. Philipp and his guests chat about how London influences their lives. In every episode, they cover certain topics, depending on the individual guest. Among his guests are scholars, historians, tour guides and more and the atmosphere feels like a conversation in a pub.

Music by Bryan Kolarczyk

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