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A Very British Murder

A Very British Murder

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We would never know her name today but for the fact that in 1827 she was murdered by her lover, and buried under the floor of a Suffolk barn.

The notes at the end may have been helpful but it took a lot of effort to connect some of them to the text. Whether you're looking for some textbooks for university, the latest biography or a travel guide - you'll find what you need in our categories.Lucy Worsley's A Very British Murder is an incredible insight into the British people's obsession with the macabre, and it held my attention throughout. And she ends by exploring how the murder mystery novel was eclipsed by new rivals in the depiction of homicide - including the "hard-boiled" novels of Graham Greene. Renowned historian Lucy Worsley delves into some of the most notorious killings from the past and looks at the way they were reflected in the art and entertainment of the time in this BBC Select true crime documentary. This is a book that doesn't require you to read from cover to cover but can dip in and out of at your convenience.

Like you, my favourite crime author is Dorothy L Sayers – particularly “Gaudy Night” which I’ve read time and time again. Rather like the Ripper himself, Holmes was powerful and mysterious, as if he were the moral flipside of the most evil killer of his age. I found it remarkable how much change there has been in Britain just in the 10 years since the book was published - LW remarks at people traipsing through a murder scene 200 years ago and says that would be unacceptable now - yet consider the reaction recently when a murder went missing from a river bank and thousands of people went to the area to "investigate".This makes an excellent introduction to the morbid fascination with real-life murder that gripped nineteenth century Britain. Since 2003, while working at Historic Royal Palaces, she has continued publishing historical non-fiction for adults and historical fiction for 11-14 years olds.

I enjoyed the book though there are some odd omissions, such as there being no mention of Edgar Alan Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morge', during the discussion of what constituted the earliest detective fictional work. One interesting thing I took from this book is the way the Victorian era has been misunderstood as people imprisoned by etiquette and respectability.Its said that about one third of all books sold are crime fiction and this book gives us a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the genre from nineteenth century broadsheets to the sensation novel and to today's detective and forensic crime fiction. I am taking an acting lesson to learn about ‘melodrama’, an over-the-top, flamboyant form of theatre, rather like modern pantomime.

I breezed through this one quickly, enthralled as always, by actual crimes and the evolution of British Crime novels through the years. And this is a little bit before the Golden Age, but I also liked the discussion on Lady Audley’s Secret. I've been dipping in and out of this one as I like to do with Non Fiction and as a reader interested in true crime and indeed crime fiction this was a great little read.In fact, the book is only a little over three hundred pages and covers a lot of ground in that space. It turns out that what the lower middle and working classes most wanted to do, in their leisure time, was to come face-to-face with murderers.



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