The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury

The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury

Number 4Euston Square was a respectable boarding house, well-kept and hospitable, like many others in Victorian London. But beneath this very ordinary veneer, there was amurderous darkness at the heart of this particular house. On 8thMay 1879, the corpse of former resident, Matilda Hacker, was uncovered by chance in the coal cellar. The investigation that followed thi Number 4Euston Square was a respectable boarding house, well-kept and hospitable, like many others in Victorian...

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Title:The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury
Author:Sinclair McKay
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:1781317984
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury Reviews

  • Carol Evans
    Oct 10, 2018
    In general, true crimes don?t interest me. Give me a fictional and a quirky fictional detective who will definitely solve the case and I?m usually happy. However, this year I?ve been trying to broaden my reading habits to include more non-fiction and classics. The Lady in the Cel...
  • Ren
    Sep 22, 2018
    This one defied expectations for me. I'm not particularly interested in Victorian-era stories, I usually find trial narratives one of the more tedious elements of true crime, and I'm iffy on true crime that's pre-1940s-ish. I'm so glad I took the chance despite it having all those elem...
  • Stephanie Borders
    Oct 18, 2018
    This is an example of true crime when done right. The body of an older woman is found in the coal cellar of a boardinghouse in Victorian London. Once her identity is discovered, suspicion almost immediately falls on the maid in the house, Hannah Dobbs. But is she the true killer? A...
  • Jo
    Dec 14, 2018
    McKay looks at the case of a body found in the cellar of a London lodging house in the late 19th century. The discovery and the subsequent investigation and trial drew attention to the lives of the householders and had longlasting effects on those involved. This was a fascinating story...
  • Melisende d'Outremer
    Nov 17, 2018
    I love this type of mystery wherein a crime from some time past, with an unsatisfactory conclusion, is dusted off to see if further light can be shed on the mystery at hand. This is not a fictional account of what may or may not have happened; it is an open factual investigation which ...
  • Cleopatra  Pullen
    Nov 12, 2018
    The Lady in the Cellar refers to a Miss Matilda Hacker who was found amongst the coal in a cellar in a boarding house in Euston Square in London. She?d been dead for quite some time by the time her body was found in 1879 and at first the police were at a loss even as to her identity....
  • Marjolein
    Jun 07, 2019
    Full review to come! ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Nov 17, 2018
    Netgalley #26 Many thanks go to Sinclair McKay, Quarto Publishing, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. ...
  • Elaine
    Nov 23, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Lady in the Cellar. I'm not a big fan of nonfiction; okay, I barely read nonfiction unless its hyped but when I read the description of The Lady in the Cellar, I was intrigued. In 19th century London, in the cellar of a boarding ...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Sep 18, 2018
    GNab I found myself disappointed with the outcome of this true crime story which makes no sense, as it's based on a true crime and the repercussions of said crime on the community. It just seemed so unjust, and there was no recourse for most of those suffering the most from this traves...
  • Fran
    Oct 09, 2018
    The Boarding House..."introduced a measure of enforced proximity with strangers...in the nature of such houses unexpected intimacy could be sparked; occasionally with the darkest consequences...". Many boarding houses were furnished with heavy curtains and carpets giving the illusion o...
  • Becky B
    Oct 27, 2018
    In the late 1800s, the remains of an elderly woman were found buried in the coal cellar of a respectable house in London of a furniture maker and his family who took in tenants. The book explores the murder and its fallout for all concerned, the evidence gathered by the police, and the...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 05, 2019
    Number 4 Euston Square was a respectable boarding house, well-kept and hospitable, like many others in Victorian London. But beneath this very ordinary veneer, there was a murderous darkness at its heart. On 8th May 1879, the corpse of former resident, Matilda Hacker, was uncovered ...
  • Gayle Noble
    Oct 30, 2018
    When a body is found in the cellar of 4 Euston Square, in Victorian London it sets off a chain reaction of far reaching consequences. Matilda Hacker was an eccentric older lady who rented a room at no. 4 - the home of the Bastendorff family. She was only there a matter of weeks before ...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Oct 24, 2018
    A long-dead body is found in the captivating, and true, Lady in the Cellar. In London in 1879, many people were looking to make their fortune by living together in boarding houses. In one, at Number 4 Euston Square, a well-to-do older woman?s body is found in the coal cellar. Her ...
  • Thebooktrail
    Oct 12, 2018
    Booktrail the locations in the novel I?d never heard of this murder in Euston Square in London so this was a fascinating read. Imagine a body found in a cellar which has been there for two years at least? How, even in London with its slums and growing chaotic population does s...
  • Calzean
    Oct 26, 2018
    In the world before DNA and modern forensics, police relied on confessions to solve most crimes. If there was no confession then logic had to be used as Mr Holmes said "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth". In this well writt...
  • Dan Allen
    Sep 17, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this "true crime" account of a Victorian scandal. The story in itself is amazing and McKay tells it very well. The book reads like a superior thriller. If you enjoyed "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher", this is much better. I had only a couple of minor quibbles. Eus...
  • Contrary Reader
    Jan 09, 2019
    What a compelling retrospective of an intriguing Victorian Murder mystery. Artfully constructed and explored- keeping your attention rapt as you explore the twists and turns. Who put that body in the coal cellar? ...
  • Laura
    Nov 10, 2018
    Victorian London is almost synonymous with murder thanks to the infamous Ripper murders. However, our image of such a place is often in the din and squalor of the slum boroughs, the middle and upper class districts are the preserve of Mary Poppins and A Christmas Carol in our public ...
  • Merryl Todd
    Oct 09, 2018
    Whilst well-researched and well written this novel felt it was written by someone who has done too much research and wants to use it all?? I like my true crime books, to be just that - the crime and a bit of historical background for context but not so much that you?re skippin...
  • Helen Carolan
    Oct 26, 2018
    In a genteel boarding house in Euston square in the late 1800's a woman's body is found. Who she is and how she came to be there is a mystery.To this day the crime remains unsolved, but it had a dreadful impact on all those involved. While a maid who had worked in the house was charged...
  • Robin Bonne
    Sep 20, 2018
    This is a dramatic, true crime account of a murdered woman found in the basement of a Victorian boarding house. Was it the maid? Was it another boarder? Was it the landlord or his brother? I was kept guessing. The random twists and turns, plus the aftermath of this case was bizarre...
  • Beata
    Oct 26, 2018
    *Many thanks to the Author, Quatro Publishing Group and Netgally for granting my wish in exchange for my honest review.* Sinclair McKay wrote a book which is definitely worth reading if you are interested in true crime and the Victorian times. I wanted to read The Lady in the Cellar a...
  • Caitlyn Lynch
    Oct 13, 2018
    This might be one of the most incredible true-crime books I?ve ever read - and I?ve read plenty. If you wrote this case as fiction, it would be derided as too ridiculous to be believed. However, it all really happened in the late 1870s, and reading it is an absolutely fascinating i...
  • Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)
    Oct 28, 2018
    I?d like to thank Netgalley and White Lion Publishing for allowing me to read The Lady in the Cellar. I really enjoyed this book. The subject matter was very appealing as it combined my two favourite things - history and crime. The writer has done fabulous research and the ch...
  • Kayleigh Kehoe ♡
    Sep 28, 2018
    ? wordpress ? tumblr ? instagram ? twitter ? _____________________________ DNF. Regardless of what I think of this read, the descriptive prowess within it is amazing. I can only wish that I held the same capacity for adjectives and metaphors that Sinclair McKay has. ...
  • Patrica Liebe
    Oct 27, 2018
    I wished for this book and my wish was granted and I decided to leave an honest review. I love a Victorian Murder Mystery and a true account virus a fictional account is even better. This story seemed to good to be true as there was many people who were suspect and I was kept guessin...
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    Oct 08, 2018
    Review available at https://bit.ly/2GxL88A ...
  • Ritika Chhabra
    Mar 20, 2019
    Follow Just A Girl High On Books for more reviews. Thank you Netgalley for a digital copy of this book. I started reading this book because it's blurb really intrigued me. I've always been a fan of mysteries and this book is based on a real-life mystery of its own so of course, I...