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

December 14, 2014 - Comment

From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cosy crimes of the Golden Age, renowned historian Lucy Worsley explores the evolution of the traditional English murder—and reveals why we are so fascinated by this sinister subject. Murder—a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And

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From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cosy crimes of the Golden Age, renowned historian Lucy Worsley explores the evolution of the traditional English murder—and reveals why we are so fascinated by this sinister subject.

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. 24 pages of color and B&W illustrations

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Michael OConnor "Wordsmith" says:

Murder and English Life and Society! Lucy Worsley’s HE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER traces the development of the English murder FROM JACK THE RIPPER AND SHERLOCK HOLMES TO AGATHA CHRiSTIE AND ALFRED HITHCOCK. Weaving from famous crimes to the creation of police/detectives to the creation of murder-based literature, Worsley traces the development of ‘murder most foul’ in England and how it came to become an ingrained part of the English psyche.Worsley’s book, a 2014 Pegasus Books release, is a 200-year travelogue that…

Grey Wolffe "Zeb Kantrowitz" says:

Great book for those looking for the names of authors who wrote like Christie and Buchan Starting with how murders were handled before there were police forces in England, Worsley chronologically begins by explaining how “Detectives” came about. The first force in London was the “Bow Street Runners” who worked for “The Blind Beak” Sir John Fielding (Henry’s half-brother). Late the Metropolitan Police (The Peelers not Bobbies) were set-up in Greater London (not the City of London) by Sir Robert Peel.As crime became more of a…

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