Death at the Priory

Death at the Priory

Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian England

Book - 2002
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In 1875, the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married Charles Bravo and made her home at the estate Priory. His sudden death was eventually ruled a poisoning. Now James Ruddick retells this gripping story of love, greed, brutality, and betrayal among the elite, offering an intimate portrait of Victorian culture and of one woman's struggle to live in this repressive society--and unmasking the true murderer for the first time.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2002], c2001.
ISBN: 9780871138323
Branch Call Number: FIC Ruddi
Characteristics: xii, 209 p. : ill.


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chrisisastarr Apr 22, 2013

I found myself going back to this book whenever I had a few minutes to read. It was written in such a way that it made for intoxicating indulgence into a world we no longer know.

Nov 16, 2011

A good read! Written by a journalist, it reads like a story. I couldn't put it down!

MustangSally Dec 03, 2009

This account of a Victorian scandal provides the reader not only with entertainment but also with a snapshot of man and woman relationships at a time when women were expected to submit to their husbands in every way. The main character Florence has had to endure an alcoholic first husband who dies of a heart attack. She then remarries (she for love, he for her money) and her second husband has a violent temper which comes to surface when he challenges the frivolity of Florence's comfortable lifestyle. He also has strange requests in the bedroom and has an affair. Florence cannot tolerate the treatment any more. Her husband is found to be poisoned and dies a painful death. But who is the murderer? There are three main suspects; Florence, her lady companion and the recently fired stable hand. This is a real page turner as the reader follows the investigation and trial that follows.

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