Fell the Angels: The Case of the Priory Murder

Fell the Angels: The Case of the Priory Murder

by John Kerr
     
 

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A novel based on a true unsolved murder by poisoning in Victorian-era London

Charles Cranbrook collapses and dies a horrific death at the Priory, the neogothic house bought with his wealthy wife Cecilia's money. Was he murdered, or did he take his own life? In the course of the inquest, it emerges that beautiful Cecilia had been involved in

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A novel based on a true unsolved murder by poisoning in Victorian-era London

Charles Cranbrook collapses and dies a horrific death at the Priory, the neogothic house bought with his wealthy wife Cecilia's money. Was he murdered, or did he take his own life? In the course of the inquest, it emerges that beautiful Cecilia had been involved in a scandalous affair that is the talk of London. Based on the notorious Victorian murder involving Charles and Florence Bravo and Dr. James Gully, proponent of the "water cure," this story reaches beneath the veneer of Victorian respectability and twists the ingredients of enormous fortune, sexual adventure, domestic abuse, avarice, and jealousy into a satisfying whole. Expertly researched by the author, it offers an intriguing solution to the case.

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Publishers Weekly
In this straightforward tale of passion, greed, and deceptive appearances, Kerr (A Rose in No Man’s Land) adheres closely to the known facts of an unsolved Victorian murder case. Cecilia Henderson, after the untimely death of her first husband, takes the water cure at the Malvern sanitarium of Dr. James Gully, a married man who soon seduces her. When their affair becomes known, the vain, self-indulgent Cecilia tries to salvage her reputation by pursuing barrister Charles Cranbrook, who can’t resist the allure of her beauty and her wealth. Four months after Cecilia and Charles marry, Charles is fatally poisoned. The doctors rule his death accidental, but might it have been foul play? Kerr tends to focus on surface details, such as Cecilia’s habit of stroking her dress-cuff, but gives short shrift to an issue crucial to understanding motive, the legal disposition of Cecilia’s fortune. Amid a cast of unlikable main characters, only the detectives earn any sympathy. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

"This is fine writing . . . I can see why people are interested in this writer."  —C. Michael Curtis, editor, Atlantic Monthly, on Cardigan Bay

"Kerr, whose keen eye, extensive research and precise prose immerses the reader in the period, has penned a page-turning whodunit with a vividly etched central character..." — San Antonio Express-News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780709098386
Publisher:
Hale, Robert Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,488,713
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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