Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime

Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime

A gripping investigation into the crime that scandalized literary London, from Dickens to Thackeray. On a spring morning in 1840, on an ultra-respectable Mayfair street, a household of servants awoke to discover that their unobtrusive master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed. The whole of London, from monar A gripping investigation into the crime that scandalized literary London, from Dickens to Thackeray. On a spri...

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Title:Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
Author:Claire Harman
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:B07CV4XXZ6
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:180 pages pages

Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime Reviews

  • Karen Germain
    Apr 14, 2019
    In Murder by the Book, Claire Harman explores a horrific Victorian England crime that captivated the country. In 1840, Lord William Russell, a well-to-do senior citizen, was found nearly decapitated in his bed at his London residence. The hunt for the murderer focused heavily on Russel...
  • Melissa
    Mar 24, 2019
    A delightful mashup of true crime and my favorite genre, books about books. It also gets at the class worries of upper class London with the grisly murder of a harmless old man (in the ways of British aristocracy, Lord William Russell was pretty innocuous) by his valet (GASP). In among...
  • Nancy Oakes
    Nov 26, 2018
    It is extremely rare that this happens, but quite frankly I was left totally unimpressed by this book because in my opinion, it fails to deliver what it promises. I kept waiting for it but we never quite got there. I'm going to read it again, to make sure I haven't missed anything,...
  • Meade
    Apr 01, 2019
    As a fan of Dickens and Victorian lit in general, I found this book very intriguing. I love hearing stories that place creative works in the context in which they were developed, and Harman does a great job of providing a background plot and details that help the reader understand the ...
  • Idarah
    Apr 15, 2019
    Lots of food for thought! Dickens?s London was not a musical. https://ginghampanda.blogspot.com/201... ...
  • Jo
    Jul 05, 2019
    In 1840, the body of Lord William Russell was discovered in bed by his maid. His throat had been slit so severely his head was almost detached. The subsequent investigation focussed mainly on the Swiss valet who had only recently come into Russell's employ. The case was a sensation bec...
  • Bud
    Jun 09, 2019
    A gruesome murder in London of Lord William Russell in 1840 is linked to a wildly popular novel, Jack Sheppard, about an unrepentant young thief who repeatedly escaped justice. Dicken, Thackeray, and Queen Victoria all wondered about the effect of the novel on a subsequent crime wave. ...
  • Lauren Albert
    Apr 10, 2019
    I don't really see the connection Harman tries to make between the fiction of the time and the murder and it's aftermath. ...
  • Becky Loader
    Jun 11, 2019
    In 1840, the violent murder of a minor Lord takes place in a very safe neighborhood. It is the first time that a murder is hinted at being caused by influence from a violent, popular book/play. Very dry. ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 22, 2019
    There is an interesting story here, but the way it's put together is a bit misleading for readers. There is a murder at its center, but this is not going to be a book about hunting down a killer or solving a mystery. The beginning of the book gives this impression but the actual real s...
  • Jason Furman
    Dec 14, 2018
    Murder By the Book is a true crime account of what, according to the author, was one of the most sensational murders in 19th century London: that of Lord William Russell by his valet, Franois Courvoisier. Claire Harman documents the night of the murder, the crime itself (his throat w...
  • Krista
    Mar 19, 2019
    Early in the morning of Wednesday, 6 May 1840, on an ultra-respectable Mayfair street one block to the east of Park Lane, a footman called Daniel Young answered the door to a panic-stricken young woman, Sarah Mancer, the maid of the house opposite. Fetch a surgeon, fetch a constable, ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Apr 19, 2019
    3.25 stars Thank you to Penguin's First to Read and Alfred A. Knopf for allowing me to read and review this book. Published March 26, 2019. (First publication October 25, 2018) This is the true crime revision of the death of the British aristocrat Lord William Russell. He was killed...
  • Kirsty ❤️
    Dec 21, 2018
    This is a true crime novel focusing on the death of Lord William Russell. There's an interesting thread about whether media can lead to real life crime, something still in discussion today with violence and computer games. It's a short book so I think there is scope to really dig ...
  • Darcysmom
    Mar 31, 2019
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Knopf for free in exchange for an honest review. I was prepared to love everything about Murder by the Book: true crime, Victorian England, and the rise of the novel. Unfortunately, I found my attention wandering as I worked my way t...
  • Susan
    Oct 03, 2018
    Although I love historical true crime, this book was something of a mixed bag for me. It begins with the discovery, on the morning of Wednesday, 6th May, 1840, of a murder. Lord William Russell is found in his bed, his throat cut, on a wealthy, seemingly safe, Mayfair street. Although ...
  • Caitlin
    Apr 25, 2019
    Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own. True crime isn't my favorite genre, but those that I like best are clear, breaking down the elements of the crime without a lot of dwelling on the gore. The issue with this crime is that there's plenty of confusion--m...
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Nov 06, 2018
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. Check out this review on my blog: https://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/... Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime by Clare Harman is hist...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Jan 30, 2019
    Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens?s London This book is set in 1840?s London and starts out discussing the murder of Lord William Russell in his Norfolk Street home after he retires to bed for the night to do some reading. He is found the next morning by his ser...
  • Susie James
    Apr 03, 2019
    I picked this true crime book from the shelf at the Carrollton, Miss., library last week and settled in with it during the weekend. A tribute to my class in criminology back at MSCW in the late 1960s, and not too dense to appreciate! Those Victorian Englishers were a mess, weren't they...
  • Fran
    Mar 19, 2019
    In 1840, Lord William Russell, a minor aristocrat, "aged and respected", was discovered with his throat slashed, lying on a blood-soaked mattress. These were unsettling, challenging times in London. There was "...the change taking place in the disposition of the common people toward 'a...
  • Fran Blake
    Jun 01, 2019
    An interesting story, but not developed enough. Lots of famous authors appear in these pages, but somehow the book feels almost like an outline. ...
  • Sarah
    Feb 17, 2019
    This is an historical true crime novel, so may not be to the taste of those who prefer fictionalised plots and characterisations. However, I found it well-researched and intriguing. I have previously read and enjoyed ?The Maul and the Pear Tree?, the late Queen of Crime P.D. James?...
  • Brian Willis
    Apr 13, 2019
    Does life imitate art? This crime procedural book explores such a crime that was eventually blamed on the influence of a book. Though Dickens is mentioned prominently in the subtitle, he merely makes a few contributions to the historical record here, and perhaps the most important d...
  • Dean Jobb
    Mar 10, 2019
    Murder by the Book brilliantly recreates the 1840 murder of London aristocrat Lord William Russell by one of his servants, a case that ignited a debate over books and plays that glorified crimes and criminals. Claire Harman deftly exhumes this almost-forgotten tragedy and uses it to ex...
  • Dannii Elle
    Dec 11, 2018
    It is early in the morning on May 6th, 1840. London has yet to properly shake off the shackles of the night but already the servants are awake and attending to their duties. Lord Russell's house is no different, only he will not be rising from his slumber to witness them. He will momen...
  • Harmony Williams
    Apr 23, 2019
    A bit long-winded in parts, but overall a fascinating and thorough account of a grisly murder and the investigation in 1840 London. ...
  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    Oct 09, 2018
    ?Who would want to butcher in his sleep this unobtrusive minor aristocrat, with his afternoons at Brooks?s and his restrained widower habits?? I?m not overfond of airports or aeroplanes ? in fact, I would describe myself as having mild aviophobia ? so tend, when flying, to...
  • Roman Clodia
    Sep 23, 2018
    Good for Victorian true crime fans, I was somewhat disappointed that the 'literary' hook much in evidence in the blurb is more of a red herring: Dickens and Thackeray are mentioned but feel shoehorned in, and without them an already short book would have been reduced to something more ...
  • Owen Townend
    Jan 25, 2019
    This blurb is a bit of a hoodwink. While the book itself does indeed broach the subject of how novels at the time contributed to the murder of Lord William Russell, the only contemporary writer directly related to the crime was W. H. Ainsworth. Then again his name isn't as prevalent...