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Did She Kill Him? Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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 and cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability. Florence’s fate was fiercely debated on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country. Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale that keeps you asking to the very last minute, did she kill him?

©2014 Oakhill Publishing (P)2014 Kate Colquhoun

What the Critics Say

"The case is thrilling, the trial harrowing and Colquhoun does them justice." (Laura Freeman Daily Mail)

"Kate Colquhoun's fascinating history . . . critiques thoroughly and carefully the attitudes of the time." (Scotsman)

"Intriguing, forensic . . . a moral fable of the age, intelligently told by Colquhoun, who places her sources cleverly within historical and literary context . . . gripping." (The Times)

"Kate Colquhoun renders the story in a vivid, novelistic style . . . gripping." (Financial Times)

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    Galadriel 02-17-15
    Galadriel 02-17-15 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "Fascinating true story"

    This well- researched analysis of a much-celebrated case is well written and thought provoking, providing and in-depth look at the lives of the women of the Victorian age, their treatment under the rules of society and the rule of law. A really fine true crime document, and a great read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Logan R. 02-20-16
    Logan R. 02-20-16
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    "interesting but...."

    great subject matter...but so many details and social points beaten to death. so so. C-

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    Suzie Diver 03-26-15
    Suzie Diver 03-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Flawed"

    No suspense, inadequate research, too "creative" for non fiction. I had hoped this was more like The Murder of Helen Jewett, but it is not at all that quality.

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  • Kathryn
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    2/13/15
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    "Really good listen"

    I enjoyed this book as I am an avid crime listener. The narrator made it interesting. A definite must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A.Connor
    10/5/15
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    "intrigued by the tale!"

    'enjoyed this immensely, the twists, turns & all the counter-intuitive bits & bobs in a 'did she do it?' tale.
    Narration generally ok but a crazy habit of periodically lapsing into pantomime tones to signal 'blokes' parts, men who are central characters; embarrassingly not required & impacted on my listening.
    'Recommend the story hugely - if you can tune out those kinda cartoonish elements.

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  • Penny
    Havelock North, New Zealand
    9/14/15
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    "Labours a bit on details of the 'crime'"

    This is a fascinating true story of Victorian morality. Florence Maybrick was convicted of killing her husband by arsenic poison in 1889, but there was always doubt surrounding the conviction. This is a long book and is more detailed than I would need, seeming to go over some aspects of the case multiple times. This was most evident in the hypocrisy towards female adultery, which was explored quite a number of times. I found the story fascinating and the narrator excellent.

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  • Sally
    5/27/15
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    "Victorian hypocrisy exposed"
    Where does Did She Kill Him? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top third


    What did you like best about this story?

    The painstaking historical research


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The first chapters which described the events as they unfolded


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A true life Tess of the D'Urbervilles


    Any additional comments?

    The middle section was a little repetitive, but still an enjoyable listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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