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Title:
The art of the English murder
Author:
Worsley, Lucy, author.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Very British murder
Edition:
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pegasus Crim, 2014.
Physical Description:
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color facsimiles, portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
"From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock"--Jacket.

"As seen on the BBC as A very British murder"--Jacket.
Language:
English
Contents:
Part one. How to enjoy a murder. 1. A connoisseur in murder -- 2. The highway -- 3. The watchmen -- 4. The murder circuit -- 5. House of wax -- 6. True crime -- 7. Charles Dickens, crime writer -- 8. The ballads of Maria Marten -- 9. Stage fright -- 10. The Bermondsey Horror -- Part two. Enter the detective. 11. Middle-class murders and medical gentlemen -- 12. The good wife -- 13. Detective fever -- 14. A new sensation -- 15. "It is worse than a crime, Violet..." -- 16. Monsters and men -- 17. The adventure of the forensic scientist -- 18. Revelations of a lady detective -- Part three. The golden age. 19. The women between the wars -- 20. The duchess of death -- 21. A life less ordinary -- 22. The great game -- 23. Snobbery with violence -- 24. The dangerous edge of things -- Postscript: The decline of English murder.
Added Uniform Title:
Very British murder (Television program)
ISBN:
9781605986340
Format :
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Summary

Murder--a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves?In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of modern England, murder entered our national psyche, and it's been a part of us ever since.The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime--and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Narrator Flosnik delivers a competent but rather bland reading of Worsley's chronicle of the fascination with murder in British popular culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The desire for reality drama is not something that was introduced by today's TV; the book takes listeners back to the 19th century, when the English populace was held in thrall by tales of real-life killings, thievery, and general criminal mischief, as well as the consequences for the perpetrators. Public hangings pulled in huge crowds of people looking to see end-of-the-rope justice. This curiosity eventually gave rise to crime in literature and plays, from penny dreadfuls and pulp to modern day mystery novels. Worsley deftly expounds upon all aspects of crime and punishment with an enthusiastic scholar-of-the-people delivery. However, Flosnik's presentation is more perfunctory. She keeps her reading straightforward with little emotional inflection. She certainly has an excellent professional reading voice. Her intonation is perfect, but she lacks personality, and consequently the text is never really brought to life. A Pegasus Crime hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Fascination with murder has been a guilty British pleasure since newspaper coverage of 19th-century murder trials enthralled an entertainment-hungry populace. Here Worsley (If Walls Could Talk) chronicles a nation's obsession with murder and horror as a source of fun, comfort, and relaxation. British crime spawned pulp fiction, followed by literary and cinematic blockbusters by masters of the genre. Worsley's vivid and detailed account illuminates the cultural mind-set of the times as well as bloody details. Anne Flosnik intertwines scholarly gravity with lighthearted voyeurism in her reading. Originally published in 2013 by BBC Books as A Very British Murder: The Story of a National Obsession to accompany the three-part BBC television series of the same name, the hardcover was enhanced with color and black-and-white illustrations and portraits missing from the CD. VERDICT Divided into discrete segments, the audiobook would be perfect for car trips, exercise sessions, or relaxing evenings at home. ["This riveting cultural history will enthrall fans of British crime novels as well as readers of true crime," read the starred review of the Pegasus Crime hc, LJ 9/15/14.]-Judith Robinson, Univ. at Buffalo © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 How to Enjoy a Murder
1 A Connoisseur in Murderp. 9
2 The Highwayp. 19
3 The Watchmenp. 31
4 The Murder Circuitp. 43
5 House of Waxp. 53
6 True Crimep. 63
7 Charles Dickens, Crime Writerp. 79
8 The Ballad of Maria Martenp. 91
9 Stage Frightp. 103
10 The Bermondsey Horrorp. 113
Part 2 Enter the Detective
11 Middle-Class Murderers and Medical Gentlemenp. 127
12 The Good Wifep. 139
13 Detective Feverp. 151
14 A New Sensationp. 163
15 'It is worse than a crime, Violet...'p. 179
16 Monsters and Menp. 187
17 The Adventure of the Forensic Scientistp. 197
18 Revelations of a Lady Detectivep. 211
Part 3 The Golden Age
19 The Women Between the Warsp. 223
20 The Duchess of Deathp. 235
21 A Life Less Ordinaryp. 245
22 The Great Gamep. 257
23 Snobbery with Violencep. 267
24 The Dangerous Edge of Thingsp. 279
Postscript: 'The Decline of English Murder'p. 289
Acknowledgementsp. 295
Sourcesp. 297
Indexp. 307