Cruel Crime is a Horrible Histories book about crime and punishment. It was

Cover for Cruel Crime

originally published as "Cruel Crime and Painful Punishments" in 2002. The 2012 edition is just titled Cruel Crime. It was hard back in the first edition but paperback in the book makeover edition.

boring stuff Edit

It's history with the nasty bits left in!

Want to know:

  • Who was sentenced to death - by coffee?
  • Where you could be whipped for flying a kite?

    First Edition of Cruel Crime and Painful Punishment.

  • Why a cockerel was burnt at the stake?

Discover all the foul facts about cruel crime - all the gore and more!



  • Release: 18th October 2002 (For Cruel Crime & Painful Punishment) and 5th July 2012 (For Cruel Crime)
  • Pages: 128 (For Cruel Crime) and 100 Pages (For Cruel Crime and Painful Punishment)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Author: Terry Deary
  • Illustrator: Mike Philips