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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 mut. 45The Maybrick Mystery contained potent ingredients marital disharmony a young American wife s misplaced infatuation disloyal servants oddly treacherous friends police rifling through linen cupboards and a flurry of intercepted letters and telegrams I do love a good Victorian true crime book and if it is an arsenic poisoning case then all the better This one is an absolute belter one of the best I ve ever readI always find it difficult to review such books though as I don t want to give away the ending so to speak Many of the Victorian show case trials are well known anyway and many readers probably know the outcome before they even begin the book But others might not so I will be reticentBeautifully written throughout the book really sets the scene for this late Victorian drama Coluhoun never steers too far away from the actual murder case but she does include some relevant information on the history of forensics especially when it comes to suspected arsenic poisoning cases The history of the Women s Movement is also discussed late Victorian England was still very much a man s world but there were glimmers of light However male attitudes such as female emancipation would lead not simply to corruption but to an increase in crime were prevalent and middle class women caught up in murder cases were increasingly pursued by the law Andy my goodness didn t 3rd generation male Victorians have moral hypocrisy down to a fine artSo Did She Kill Him I couldn t possibly say but I d certainly recommend you read the book and find out
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S 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 Coluhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page did she kill him. I read this astonishing account of the Maybrick case scarcely taking a breath over the course of two days With great skill and command Kate Coluhoun author of another page turner Mr Briggs Hat has given us the tragic story of Florence Maybrick a Southern belle transplanted to Victorian Liverpool and her fight for justice against the backdrop of gender ineuality and the social structures of the timeOften a harrowing read Coluhoun relays in detail Florence s husband James Maybrick s spiralling physical condition caused by his self medicating addiction and hypochondria resulting in his deterioration and finally two gruesome autopsies The slow excruciating isolation and ruin of Florence who is accused of poisoning her husband climaxes in a grippingly narrated trial I was swept away by the author s keen observations her immense research and her ability to engage us in the facts in a stylish and novelistic way
SUMMARY å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¹ Kate Colquhoun
Ual infidelity The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability shocking and exciting the public in eual 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 parlour. I have been dying to read this book for ages as the Maybrick case if one of my favourites so I was delighted when I finally got my hands on a copy Did She Kill Him is a compelling account of a real life courtroom drama underpinned by the intriguing themes of deception adultery and death by arsenic poisoningThe powerful opening grips the reader from the outset as Florence Maybrick prepares to face the life or death verdict in her trial for the murder of her husband James Worldly but not wise Florence is trapped in a conventional marriage and behind the wealthy fa ade of Battlecrease House in the suburbs of Liverpool lies a life of boredom isolation and loneliness As we explore the back story to this infamous case the cracks in the respectable veneer of not only the Maybrick household but in middle class Victorian relationships soon appearThis classic criminal case is re told with the consummate skill and infectious passion of Kate Coluhoun With meticulous research and poignant snippets from Florence s diary she recreates the story and pieces together the events that conspired to place her in the dock for murder Kate s evocative descriptions and rich detail bring the characters fully back to life with all their hypocrisies flaws and ambiguities Written with all the tension and pace of a novel the suspense is maintained throughout the twists and turns of the drama Although the central uestion is that of whether Florence Maybrick murdered her husband this book goes much further as Kate explores gender issues in the late Victorian period and the legacy of the sexual politics that still remains present todayDid She Kill Him is a fascinating and thought provoking book and I would highly recommend it