From acclaimed biographer, Claire Harman--the fascinating, little-known story of a Victorian-era murder that rocked literary London, leading Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and Queen Victoria herself to wonder: Can a novel kill?
Harman paints a vivid picture of London ... [a] remarkable story which Harman draws so skilfully together ... Harman’s book, just a galloping 170 pages, is a brilliant piece of literary detective work. And though she is never so crass as to draw comparisons with today’s concerns over the effects of drill music or chic TV assassins, the resonances ping from every page.
Claire Harman doesn’t claim to have unearthed an unknown Victorian murder mystery (she includes an extensive bibliography). And since the case was quickly solved and put to bed, her narrative lacks the twists and turns of Kate Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. But she tells the story with clarity and vigour, and her postscript explores a number of unanswered questions.