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Death at the Priory: Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian England

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Ruddick tells a gripping story of love, greed, brutality, and betrayal among the elite--offering an intimate portrait of Victorian culture and of one woman's struggle to live in this repressive society. Simultaneously a murder mystery, colorful social history, and modern-day detective tale, this is a window into a fascinating time.

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"An impressively researched retelling...Death at the Priory reads as a historical intervention, crime novel, and sensational docudrama." Zarena Aslami, Chicago Tribune

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"Enjoyable; Ruddick has done much admirable sleuthing." Paul Collins, The New York Times Book Review

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"The story is as full of dastardly villains and ladies in distress as any bodice-ripper, but it also maintains a scholarly meticulousness....He is in complete command of his material; masterful detective work and storytelling keep the suspense high through the final pages...A wonderfully dramatic tale, vividly told." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In 1875 the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married the handsome and successful young attorney Charles Bravo, hoping to escape the scandals of her past. But Bravo proved to be a brutal and conniving man, and the marriage was far from happy. Then one night he suddenly collapsed, and three days later died an agonizing death. His doctors immediately determined that he had been poisoned. The graphic and sensational details of the case would capture the public imagination of Victorian England as the investigation dominated the press for weeks, and the list of suspects grew to include Florence, her secret lover the eminent doctor James Gully, her longtime companion the housekeeper Mrs. Cox, and the recently dismissed stableman George Griffiths. But ultimately no murderer could be determined, and despite the efforts of numerous historians, criminologists, and other writers since (including Agatha Christie), the case has never been definitively solved. Now James Ruddick retells this gripping story of love, greed, brutality, and betrayal among the elite — offering an intimate portrait of Victorian culture and of one woman's struggle to live in this repressive society, while unmasking the true murderer for the first time. Simultaneously a murder mystery, colorful social history, and modern-day detective tale, Death at the Priory is a thrilling read and a window into a fascinating time. "An impressively researched retelling ... Death at the Priory reads as a historical intervention, crime novel, and sensational docudrama." — Zarena Aslami, Chicago Tribune "A suspenseful and stimulating read." — Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times "Enjoyable; Ruddick has done much admirable sleuthing." — Paul Collins, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-203) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802139740
Author:
Ruddick, James
Publisher:
Grove Press
Author:
Rud
Author:
Dick, James
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Poisoning
Subject:
TRUE CRIME / Murder
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Number:
1st Grove Press ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
2001]
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.5 oz

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Product details 224 pages Grove Press - English 9780802139740 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An impressively researched retelling...Death at the Priory reads as a historical intervention, crime novel, and sensational docudrama."
"Review" by , "Enjoyable; Ruddick has done much admirable sleuthing."
"Review" by , "The story is as full of dastardly villains and ladies in distress as any bodice-ripper, but it also maintains a scholarly meticulousness....He is in complete command of his material; masterful detective work and storytelling keep the suspense high through the final pages...A wonderfully dramatic tale, vividly told."
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1875 the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married the handsome and successful young attorney Charles Bravo, hoping to escape the scandals of her past. But Bravo proved to be a brutal and conniving man, and the marriage was far from happy. Then one night he suddenly collapsed, and three days later died an agonizing death. His doctors immediately determined that he had been poisoned. The graphic and sensational details of the case would capture the public imagination of Victorian England as the investigation dominated the press for weeks, and the list of suspects grew to include Florence, her secret lover the eminent doctor James Gully, her longtime companion the housekeeper Mrs. Cox, and the recently dismissed stableman George Griffiths. But ultimately no murderer could be determined, and despite the efforts of numerous historians, criminologists, and other writers since (including Agatha Christie), the case has never been definitively solved. Now James Ruddick retells this gripping story of love, greed, brutality, and betrayal among the elite — offering an intimate portrait of Victorian culture and of one woman's struggle to live in this repressive society, while unmasking the true murderer for the first time. Simultaneously a murder mystery, colorful social history, and modern-day detective tale, Death at the Priory is a thrilling read and a window into a fascinating time. "An impressively researched retelling ... Death at the Priory reads as a historical intervention, crime novel, and sensational docudrama." — Zarena Aslami, Chicago Tribune "A suspenseful and stimulating read." — Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times "Enjoyable; Ruddick has done much admirable sleuthing." — Paul Collins, The New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-203) and index.
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