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Did She Kill Him?: A Torrid True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and Murder in Victorian England


Did She Kill Him?: A Torrid True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and Murder in Victorian England

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    Kate Colquhoun(Author)
Florence's fate was fiercely debated in the courtroom, on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country. Did she poison her husband? Was her previous in-fidelity proof of murderous intentions? Was James' own habit of self-medicating to blame for his de-mise? Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, "Did she kill him?"

"An intriguing story told in the style of Thomas Hardy or George Eliot, if they traded in true crime." "Kirkus Reviews"Colquhoun employs again her fine storytelling sense, eye for detail, and impeccable research to ensure that contemporary readers will snap up this tale of treachery, deceit, love gone awry, poison, and the slipperiness of truth. BooklistA delightfully suspenseful true-crime story that maintains its momentum beyond the trial verdict, leaving readers with a thorough grasp of the facts but, deliciously, no definitive answer to the title's posed question. "Shelf Awareness""

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  • PDF | 419 pages
  • Kate Colquhoun(Author)
  • Overlook Press (15 Oct. 2014)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography
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  • By Polymath on 27 March 2014

    This is a fascinating social case study which KC uses to point up the abuse of women, by Victorian society. It is initially difficult to imagine how a respectable middle class mother can so quickly become a murderess in the eyes of her immediate family, her peers, her servants and the law.Whilst the detailed chronological account of events is important in establishing the downfall of this lady, KC's academic approach to her subject can seem a little plodding to the general reader. Hence my four star rating.

  • By micha on 20 July 2017

    I found this book very fascinating. It was incredibly well written and obviously had been researched intensively. I think I did like about it was that even though it was based on the true crime and allegation I haven't heard about it and I actually have no idea whether she was found guilty or not which kept me guessing until the end. It raised really interesting issues of women's sexuality specially in this point in time when subject me from is just starting to stir. I haven't read a book by this author before but I would thoroughly recommend her and would be happy to read any of her books in future.

  • By Joystick on 30 May 2017

    It was interesting from the historical point of view, although I think we're as much in the dark (by the end of the story) as to whether or not she did poison her husband. But actually I don't think either the husband or the wife come out of this tale with any honour. Neither of them are sympathetic or likeable characters. She may or may not have poisoned him with arsenic, but it sounds like he was consuming it right, left and centre, in one form or another anyway, as it seems was a great proportion of the population!

  • By Shankly on 11 May 2014

    Did Florence Maybrick murder her husband James in 1889? Was he murdered by anybody? Did he die of natural causes, by his own hand, accidentally, over-medication by inept doctors, killed by one of his brothers? Nobody really knew then, although many people convinced themselves that they knew at the time. And we still don't know because this book doesn't answer the question.Read it yourself and make up your own mind. I did.Very well researched and evocative of the times and mores of Victorian England and specifically middle-class Liverpool.

  • By Phill on 16 May 2016

    This is a very carefully researched work drawing on primary sources and linking these into contemporary writings and literature of the period. It is a good read.

  • By r.norman on 30 April 2015

    I brought this on my kindle and really enjoyed it but was surprised at half way through the book was finished and the other half was reference reading.

  • By Anthea Symonds on 18 February 2015

    Terrific well researched and spellbinding account of famous miscarriage of justice. Set against a growing political and feminist consciousness in England at end of 19th century. Florence Maybrick really accused and punished for adultery under cover of flimsy evidence of murder.

  • By BH-G on 25 March 2017

    a touch too wordy.

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