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

by Kate Colquhoun

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month 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?

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

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ISBN: 9780349138565
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349138565
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Author: Kate Colquhoun
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: True crime, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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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