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The Murder of Harriet Monckton

Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
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From the award-winning and best-selling author of Into the Darkest Corner comes a delicious Victorian crime novel based on a true story that shocked and fascinated the nation.  

On 7th November 1843, Harriet Monckton, 23 years old and a woman of respectable parentage and religious habits, is found murdered in the privy behind the chapel she regularly attended in Bromley, Kent. 

The community is appalled by her death, apparently as a result of swallowing a fatal dose of prussic acid, and even more so when the surgeon reports that Harriet was around six months pregnant.  

Drawing on the coroner’s reports and witness testimonies, Elizabeth Haynes builds a compelling picture of Harriet’s final hours through the eyes of those closest to her and the last people to see her alive. Her fellow teacher and companion, her would-be fiancé, her seducer, her former lover - all are suspects; each has a reason to want her dead.  

Brimming with lust, mistrust and guilt, The Murder of Harriet Monckton is a master class of suspense from one of our greatest crime writers.

©2018 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Not entirely true crime

While based on a true story & well written the author fictionalizes s great deal of the story which is great if you like fiction but I do not. I bought it expecting true Crime.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-29-19

Brilliant

How clever is Elizabeth Haynes? It must be so much harder to write a story when the truth dictates you take a specific path, combine imagination with fact. The Murder of Harriet Monckton is an example of how fabulous Historical Fiction can be when written by a hugely talented author. This book is full of atmosphere, there are times of terrible darkness and moments of love and light. It certainly is a clear display how far women have come in nearly 200 years, and reminds us of how hard our predecessors had to fight for equality. All the narrators work hard to bring an already inspirational book, to life. The language used is incredibly well researched. No stone is left unturned in Ms Haynes quest to make this the best book in its genre. I have always been a fan of Elizabeth Haynes and this book ensures there can be no doubt she is a masterful and top notch writer. This is a 'MUST BUY' book, in fact it's a 'MUST BUY IMMEDIATELY' book. But don't stress, you can thank me later!

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  • Lorna
  • 03-04-19

Very enjoyable, despite a couple of anachronisms

Excellent narration drives this forward, and using several readers works well. Nicely executed fictionalisation of a real life murder case, with a sympathetic main character and good representations of self delusion and hypocrisy. A minor gripe is that sometimes the language used and the unlikely liberal attitudes of some characters sounds more like the author’s own voice, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-30-19

Very much enjoyed

what a great story! very well written and really drew me in. definitely with a listen. really enjoyed the different perspectives of characters. well performed.

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  • John
  • 04-02-19

Love love loved it

Great story that just built and built as it went on. Fantastically written and beautifully narrated (the cast was seriously good in this one).

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  • julia
  • 03-11-19

A beautifully written, sobering story

This is a beautifully told story, and one I am glad I listened to. I felt endlessly sad for Harriet. Quite dark, and sad at times, but with a great deal of humanity and depth.

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  • Caroline
  • 07-18-19

Boring and far too long!

This book doesn't work as it's based on a true story but so little is known about what happened, the vast majority of the book is invented and some of it quite far fetched. It mostly focuses on the conversations and thoughts of the protagonists that are obviously fiction and not even very interesting! In other places it's impossible to know what is fact and what is fiction. It is very long-winded. Given that there is so little know about the crime itself, it would have been more interesting if the author could have provided some insight into the social context at the time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

A great listen !<br />

An extremely interesting listen brilliantly written and narrated , with additional authors notes giving fascinating detail into this case .

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  • Fubar
  • 03-01-19

Fantastic!

What a great book, really well researched, fab narrators!
Definitely one book that I would recommend!

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  • Squeaky Joe
  • 05-08-19

Fascinating and utterly compelling

November 1843. A young woman, 23-year-old Harriet Monckton, is found dead in the privy behind the chapel in Bromley, Kent. It appears she died from swallowing prussic acid, but when the autopsy reveals she was also six months pregnant, the community begin to wonder who might be responsible, and if she was deliberately killed to cover up a secret liaison. Using coroner's reports and witness testimonies, Elizabeth Haynes reimagines Harriet's last days through a series of accounts from the people who were closest to her, many of whom may have had their own reasons for wanting the young woman out of the way.

Based on a true story that shocked the nation, Elizabeth Haynes has taken a classic Victorian unsolved murder and suggested motives for the death. Though the personal records are fictional, the author’s portrayals are realistic and scarily persuasive. Haynes writes in a way that captures the mood of the community, its customs and traditions and relates all in a variety of voices and personalities that comes over as genuine and entirely feasible. With so many suspects who could easily be cast in the role of murderer, the author’s suggested solution, though chilling, makes perfect sense.

By turns fascinating, heart-breaking and utterly compelling, this is a brilliantly-crafted book that is a must for all true crime fans.

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  • Joanne
  • 09-05-19

Too long

it is obviously a true sad sorry but it is easy too long and elongated. Gave up before the end. Give it a miss.