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

Author(s): Kate Colquhoun

True Crime

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? Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, did she kill him?


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The sensational murder trial of Florence Maybrick that gripped Victorian society.

This is a gripping, beautifully detailed story redolent with danger and impending tragedy. -- Kirsty Wark

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781408703915
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Sphere
  • : 0.588
  • : February 2014
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kate Colquhoun
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 941.081092
  • : 432
  • : 16pp b/w