Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic

by Kate Colquhoun

Biography / Autobiography History

Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic Synopsis

In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. 'The Maybrick Mystery' had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumours of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity. The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability, shocking and exciting the public in equal measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past and glimpse her likeness in Madame Tussaud's. 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 infidelity proof of murderous intentions? Was James' own habit of self-medicating to blame for his demise? 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?

Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic Press Reviews

This is a gripping, beautifully detailed story redolent with danger and impending tragedy. -- Kirsty Wark

 

Accomplished biographer and social commentator Kate Colquhoun is taking on Victorian murder in Did She Kill Him? Conveying the hypocrisy and claustrophobia of middle-class life at the time it is likely to hit the spot with anyone who was intrigued by The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.  - Daily Express - Top titles for 2014

 

With deliciously dark elements of addiction, deception, torrid adultery and poison, this is the riveting true story of a sensational Victorian trial of 1889 ... Colquhoun's writing has a wonderful slow burn to it, and until the final page, she keeps us guessing: guilty, or not guilty?  - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781408703908
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781408703908
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Author: Kate Colquhoun
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, History,
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About Kate Colquhoun

Kate Colquhoun's previous non-fiction titles were shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2004 and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her most recent book Mr Briggs' Hat was shortlisted for the 2011 CWA Daggers: Non-fiction Prize. As well as writing for several newspapers and magazines, she appears regularly on national radio and television. She lives in London with her two sons.

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