Somerset is a beautiful county - 'The Land of Summer' - and it is also one of the oldest English counties. However, beneath the beauty lies a Somerset that is sometimes shocking, often surprising.
Once again Jack Sweet tells some of these stories, including the unsolved brutal murder of young Betty Trump at Buckland St Mary, a terrific storm that struck the Somerset coast in 1903, a prison break, violent robbery, tragedies in the air, at sea and in the river, to the strange tale of a young lady chased by an angry stoat, a weird creature rising from the River Yeo near Yeovil, and on the lighter side, the proceedings of the Brighter Cary Club.
Jack William Sweet has lived all his life in Yeovil, where he was born. After leaving the RAF in 1958 he worked for thirty four years' with Yeovil Borough Council and later the South Somerset District Council before taking early retirement. His passion for history has inspired this prolific author to write numerous articles for local publications as well as many books including Shocking Somerset Murders of the Nineteenth Century and Shocking and Surprising Somerset Stories. Although retired Jack undertakes voluntary work for the Museum of South Somerset. He is also a keen photographer and has travelled extensively.