The Art of English Murder by Lucy Worsley
Published by: Pegasus
Published on: October 15, 2015
Page Count: 336
My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased with a monthly credit from Audible.com.
Audiobook Published by: Tantor Media
Narrator: Anne Flosnik
Audiobook Length: 7 hours 6 minutes
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook
Note: I was so thrilled with this audiobook that I wrote a quick review on my Facebook page. I didn’t feel like waiting to create a formal post. I’ve since found that it’s difficult to link back to one of my posts there, so I’m reposting it here.
Summary from the Publisher:
In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early 19th century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria’s lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism.
My Mini Review
This is a fun book if you’re a fan of British history or literature. I enjoyed it very much and it made for a nice companion while reading Sarah Water’s Fingersmith in print. It also brought back memories of reading Murder As a Fine Art by David Morrell.
Narrator Anne Flosnik was the perfect choice to voice this book. I just wanted to keep listening to her read this book. Her reading made it clear that she was enjoying the The Art of English Murder just as much as I was.
One note of warning: The complete plot of some classic novels is revealed within this book. As just one example, if you’ve not read Oliver Twist, this book will contain spoilers.