The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

August 30, 2017 - Comment

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

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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. The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime-and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul.

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John D. Cofield says:

A Very English Obsession Besides rain, cricket, afternoon tea, and The Queen herself there is nothing considered more quintessentially English than a good murder mystery. Lucy Worsley, whose wit and sparkle enhance her intellect and solid scholarship, in The Art Of The English Murder examines the most famous English mystery writers and some of the most infamous of the murders which helped to inspire them. 

Wayne Keyser says:

I love the history shows from BBC that Lucy Worsley has … First of all, I love the history shows from BBC that Lucy Worsley has done. That is the reason I purchased this book. It goes through the history of the development of Mystery writing, including details of many early murders and the development of police. Later develops the amateur sleuth from 19th century into the 20th. I was enjoying the read and the information, but was unhappy with the ending where the “Golden Age” British authors as discounted as passe and no longer relevant in…

Kindle Customer says:

Loved it! I really enjoyed this book! It’s the history of London and the police force, notable murders that took place. I liked it so much I purchased 2 more of Ms. Worsley’s books; If Walls Could Talk and Tea Fit for a Queen…she has a way of making history come to life in her well researched books. Tea Fit for a Queen has some great recipes in it and If Walls Could Talk takes you through the English Castle/Manor/house room by room which sounds boring but really was fascinating.

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