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

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

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What a tangled web! An unhappy marriage, an overbearing hypochondriac of a husband whose extreme self medication – often with that Victorian cure-all Arsenic, only made his health worse, in the end it was the Arsenic that killed him but was it overdosing or did Mrs Maybrick help him on his way? With Kate Colquhoun’s detection we are party to an unravelling of the facts and the fate of Florence Maybrick, who, if found guilty would almost certainly have been hanged. Did she do it?

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

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?

Reviews

'Kate Colquhoun's account of the Maybrick case is brilliantly detailed - her knowledge of the uses and misuses of poison would put that of many pharmacists to shame' -- Rachel Cooke Observer

'The case is thrilling, the trial harrowing and Colquhoun does them justice' -- Laura Freeman Daily Mail

'A perfect mirror of mid-Victorian morality' Saga

'Kate Colquhoun's fascinating history ... critiques thoroughly and carefully the attitudes of the time' Scotsman

About the Author

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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Publication date

15th January 2015

Author

Kate Colquhoun

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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True crime

Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780349138565

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