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45The Maybrick Mystery contained potent ingredients marital disharmony a young American wife s misplaced infatuation disloyal servants oddly trea An interesting case well written Phew I am so lad to be done with this one which is a huge disappointment because I had high hopes for it Usually I enjoy non fiction history books and this one looked so interesting at the library that I snatched it right off of the New Books shelf positive that I d love it Sadly I was mistaken The story in and of "itself was very interesting and was one that I d not heard "was very interesting and was one that I d not heard before I sincerely felt for the woman portrayed but he way that the facts were presented was so dry and dull that it was difficult to stay focused Add to that the author s tendency to slip into fictionalizing the facts I assume in an attempt to inject some life into her writing and this book was just kind of a disaster to me Listened to in audio formatAmerican Florence Maybrick moved to Liverpool after marrying her husband James Maybrick Florence was a vivacious woman in her twenties and James was twice her age and was a hypochondriac who self medicated with arsenicThe marriage was unhappy and both Florence and James had affairs Then James became mysteriously ill and Florence nursed him at his bedside When James did not recover his elder brother hired a private nurse to care for him The nurse becam This is a very well researched history of the Maybrick case looking in particular at the position of middle class women at the time Florence was a young American and her English husband was many years older The marriage was under strain with infidelities

and financial mismanagement 
financial mismanagement both sides This book doesn t really answer the uestion of the title and despite all the details it is not clear whether James Maybrick died of poisoning at all other than the effect of long term substance abuse he having been in the habit of taking all kinds of strange things including arsenic for years Very interesting on the double standards of the day terribly shocking for a married woman to have had a fling and a dirty weekend in London fine for a married man to keep a mistress and Class of 92: Out of Our League give his wife a black eye The impression one has is that even 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 youngirl; resentful ossiping servants; rumours of ambling and debt; and torrid mut. ,

Did She Kill Him?Ionships soon appearThis classic criminal case is re told with the consummate skill and infectious passion of Kate Coluhoun With meticulous research and poignant snippets from Florence s diary she recreates the story and pieces together the events that conspired to place her in the dock for murder Kate s evocative descriptions and rich detail bring the characters fully back to life with ALL THEIR HYPOCRISIES FLAWS AND AMBIGUITIES WRITTEN WITH ALL their hypocrisies flaws and ambiguities Written with all tension and pace of a novel the suspense is maintained throughout the twists and turns of the drama Although the central uestion is that of whether Florence Maybrick murdered her husband this book How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead goes much further as Kate exploresender issues in the late Victorian period and the legacy of the sexual politics that still remains present todayDid She Kill Him is a fascinating and thought provoking book and I would highly recommend it An ok read about Florence Maybrick who went on trial for murdering her much older husbandMuch of the forensic evidence is very detailed and difficult to followI found my head being repeatedly being scrambled I read this astonishing account of the Maybrick case scarcely taking a breath over the course of two days With reat skill and command Kate Coluhoun author of another page turner Mr Briggs Hat has iven us the tragic story of Florence Maybrick a Southern belle transplanted to Victorian Liverpool and her fight for justice against the backdrop of ender ineuality and the social structures of and her fight for justice against the backdrop of ender ineuality and the social structures of timeOften a harrowing read Coluhoun relays in detail Florence s husband James Maybrick s spiralling physical condition caused by his self medicating addiction and hypochondria resulting in his deterioration and finally two Moonrise gruesome autopsies The slow excruciating isolation and ruin of Florence who is accused of poisoning her husband climaxes in arippingly narrated trial I "was swept away by the author s keen observations her immense research and her ability to "swept away by the author s keen observations her immense research and her ability to us in the facts in a stylish I had such a hard time staying awake to read this book It seemed like it was oing to be interesting and I was super excited But the story dragged at multiple points and the plot moved a little too slow for me. S 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 Coluhoun 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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T the time it was acknowledged that the trial and in particular the judge s summing up was flawed ueen Victoria doesn t come out of this too well either The only thing which jarred a bit was the fictionalised swishing of "skirts and crying of seagulls and so on all plausible but it makes the tone of the " and crying of seagulls and so on all plausible but it makes the tone of the a little inconsistent Being a true history lover I have no little inconsistent Being a true history lover I have no why I suddenly take off on these true crime book tangents but nevertheless I ve done it again In "This Story Set In "story set in Victorian age when women seemed to be killing off their husbands with poison at an alarming rate which is pretty well done the author has done her research on a famous for the time crime ofyou uessed ita husband who dies mysteriously and poison is indicated The much younger wife is the first and only suspect and a case is built on less than solid evidence Forensic science was practically unknown and the experts could not agree on the cause of death since the husband was known to take arsenic periodically This was a practice that was far common that I realized and did not have deadly effects if taken in small doses Did he just take too much by accident or did his wife see this as a cover for killing himThe trial is basically a fiasco with a senile judge and conflicting testimony and leads to a rather surprising conclusion It is a pretty interesting read for something different I have been dying to read this book for ages as the Maybrick case if one of my favourites so I was delighted when I finally ot my hands on a copy Did She Kill Him is a compelling account of a real life courtroom drama underpinned by the intriguing themes of deception adultery and death by arsenic poisoningThe powerful opening rips the reader from the outset as Florence Maybrick prepares to face the life or death verdict in her trial for the murder of her husband James Worldly but not wise Florence is trapped in a conventional marriage and behind the wealthy fa ade of Battlecrease House in the suburbs of Liverpool lies a life of boredom isolation and loneliness As we explore the back story to this infamous case the cracks in the respectable veneer of not only the Maybrick household but in middle class Victorian relat. Ual infidelity The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability shocking and exciting the public in eual measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past and limpse her likeness in Madame Tussaud's Florence's fate was fiercely debated in the courtroom on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlour. ,

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