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A Very British Murder

A Very British Murder

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And there are still plenty of police procedurals that at heart are the descendants of the Golden Age, where clues and character are still more important than blood-soaked scenes of violence and torture. She sneaked her three-year-old half-brother out of bed, slit his throat, and hid his body down an outdoor privy.

However, as a guilty pleasure or a pleasant pastime, murder removed from reality still thrills us (one in three books sold today is a crime novel), and Worsley captures this bloody love affair very well. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. She suggests that the subsequent theories about the crimes, which focus on privileged members of society, such as the Duke of Clarence, instead of considering that the perpretrator was a working class man native to the area, stem from perceptions originating from this drama which caused a huge sensation at the time.Ever since the Ratcliff Highway Murders caused a nation-wide panic in Regency England, the British have taken an almost ghoulish pleasure in 'a good murder'.

That’s right thirty thousand people went to see an execution and needed five hundred policemen to keep them in check! While this book does not focus exclusively on detective fiction, it includes a nice survey of English detective fiction through to the “hard-boiled” period, and I found it a fun and instructive read. People were looking for something to thrill and titillate them, and violent death fitted the bill: gore, villains, victims and a bit of mystery gave people whose lives were becoming ever more secure something to quiver over. I had previously read about some of the celebrated cases covered - the murders on the Ratcliffe Highway and the Red Barn and the one which formed the subject of 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher' - but the author also draws upon cases now less known, and describes the development of the police force and crime investigation. Lucy has also written numerous other books, including Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion and Great Houses.I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I was attracted to this because it came up as a book club choice just after I had enjoyed several Lucy Worsley documentaries.

He tried to soften the blow by later adding, 'The spy story may perhaps only now be realising its poetic possibilities, as the admirers of Graham Greene contend .Worsley examines changing public attitudes towards crime and law enforcement, particularly from the Georgian period, where she begins, through the Victorians. Worsley’s book is stuffed with interesting insights into our love of crime, although sometimes the pacing can be a little uneven, no doubt because of its inception as a television programme. The first half of the book was much more detailed than the second which felt rather rushed, nevertheless I enjoyed Worsley's potted history being a fan of crime fiction and found that there were many ideas new to me. Lucy Worsley's A Very British Murder is an incredible insight into the British people's obsession with the macabre, and it held my attention throughout. Lucy Worsley is one of my favourite historians, she is always so enthusiastic and engaging, with a wonderful sense of humour and great insight.



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