"Superb... Flanders's convincing and smart synthesis of the evolution of an official police force, fictional detectives, and real-life cause c?l?bres will appeal to devotees of true crime and detective fiction alike." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
In this fascinating exploration of murder in nineteenth century England, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction
Murder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, with cold-blooded killings transformed into novels, broadsides, ballads, opera, and melodrama-even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and the new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other-the founders of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell.
In this meticulously researched and engrossing book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder in Great Britain, both famous and obscure: from Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fianc?e around town by omnibus, to Burke and Hare's bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, to the tragedy of the murdered Marr family in London's East End. Through these stories of murder-from the brutal to the pathetic-Flanders builds a rich and multi-faceted portrait of Victorian society in Great Britain. With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the utterly dangerous, The Invention of Murder is both a mesmerizing tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable.
To view this DRM protected ebook on your desktop or laptop you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. It is a free software. We also strongly recommend that you sign up for an AdobeID at the Adobe website. For more details please see FAQ 1&2. To view this ebook on an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device you will need the Adobe Digital Editions app, or BlueFire Reader or Txtr app. These are free, too. For more details see this article.
|Size: ||5.2 MB|
|Publisher: ||Thomas Dunne Books|
|Date published: || 2013|
|ISBN: ||9781250024886 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|
|This ebook will only be sold to customers with a billing address in:|
|Afghanistan, Alan Island, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Bouvet Island, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo (The Democratic Republic of the), Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-bissau, Haiti, Heard and Mc Donald Islands, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Korea (Republic of), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Macau, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Madagascar, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Moldova (Republic of), Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Palau, Palestinian Territory (Occupied), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Western Sahara|