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THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER., Worsley, Lucy.

Author Name    Worsley, Lucy.

Title   THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good+

Jacket Condition   Very Good+

Edition   Second Printing

Publisher   New York Pegasus Crime 2014

ISBN Number    1605986348 / 9781605986340

Seller ID   30388

312 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w and colour illustrations. "Murder - a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? (The author) 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 entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of the modern era, murder entered the popular psyche, and it's been a part of us ever since. (This) is a unique exploration of the art of crime - and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul - by one of our finest historians." Contents: Introduction; Part One: How to Enjoy a Murder (A Connoisseur in Murder / The Highway / The Watchmen / The Murder Circuit / House of Wax / True Crime / Charles Dickens, Crime Writer / The Ballad of Maria Marten / Stage Fright / The Bermondsey Horror); Part Two: Enter the Detective (Middle-Class Murderers and Medical Gentlemen / The Good Wife / Detective Fever / A New Sensation / 'It is worse than a crime, Violet - ' / Monsters and Men / The Adventure of the Forensic Scientist / Revelations of a Lady Detective); Part Three: The Golden Age (The Women Between the Wars / The Duchess of Death (Agatha Christie) / A Life Less Ordinary / The Great Game / Snobbery with Violence / The Dangerous Edge of Things); Postscript: 'The Decline of the English Murder'; Acknowledgements; Sources; Index. Crease at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of hinges and flap-folds.

Murder,  Murderers,  England,  19th  Century,  20th  Century,  True  Crime,  Fictional,  Crime  Novels,  Journalism,  Jack  The  Ripper,  Bermondsey  Horror,  Arsenic,  Poison,  Mary  Elizabeth  Braddon,  Broadsides,  Raymond  Chandler,  Agatha  Christie,  Wilkie  Collins,  Arthur  Conan  Doyle,  Sherlock  Holmes,  Rosalind  Crone,  Thomas  De  Quincey,  Confessions  Of  An  English  Opium  Eater,  Detection  Club,  Detectives,  Detection,  Detective  Branch,  Detective  Fiction,  Charles  Dickens,  Henry  Fielding,  Judith  Flanders,  Forensic  Science,  Forensics,  Graham  Greene,  Hangings,  Alfred  Hitchcock,  P.D.  James,  Jekyll  And  Hyde,  Constance  Kent,  Kent  Family,  Madame  Tussauds,  Chamber  Of  Horrors,  Maria  Manning,  Ngaio  Marsh,  Maria  Marten,  Melodrama,  Metropolitan  Police,  London,  Middle-Class  Murders,  Newgate  Novels,  George  Orwell,  Dr  William  Palmer,  Phrenology,  Hercule  Poirot,  Poisoning,  Police,  Policing,  Thames  Police,  Ratcliffe  Highway  Murders,  Red  Barn  Murder,  Road  Hill  House  Murder,  Dorothy  Sayers,  Lord  Peter  Wimsey,  Sensation  Novels,  Alfred  Swaine  Taylor,  Victorian  Theatre,  Thompson-Bywaters  Case,  Thrillers,  Edgar  Wallace,  Dr.  Watson,  Waxworks,  Jack  Whicher,  John  Williams,  Women  Poisoners,  Women  Detectives,  Snobbery  With  Violence. 

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