I thought the easiest and quickest way to introduce this book is to share some review snippets:
- A study of the roots of our fascination with violent crime,
- Murder being an invention in Britain in the 19th century,
- 19th century murder as a template for modern crime and punishment,
- Engrossing as Flanders excels at following the trends in detection and how this was reflected in writing
- An intelligent and comprehensive compendium of murder.
- British society in the 19th century had its own, complex relationship with murder, and this lies at the heart of the book
- “Superb… Flanders’s convincing and smart synthesis of the evolution of an official police force, fictional detectives, and real-life cause célèbres will appeal to devotees of true crime and detective fiction alike.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
- It would be a crime not to read this book
“Wonderful… [Flanders] shines in her readings of literary novels containing criminal and detective elements, such as Oliver Twist, Mary Barton and Tess of the D’Urbervilles, but can be sharp and very funny about the vagaries of melodramatic and sensational plotting.” –Wall Street Journal
In this fascinating exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping ….
Murder in Britain in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama ….
In this fascinating book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder―both famous and obscure―from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper to the tragedie …. The New York Times best seller