Death at the Priory

Death at the Priory

Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England

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Details the unsolved murder of attorney Charles Bravo, a cruel man who tormented his wife Florence, in a mystery that paints a portrait of Victorian culture and one woman's fight to exist in this repressive society.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1875, the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married the handsome and successful young attorney Charles Bravo, hoping to escape the scandals of her past. As they settled into the Priory, her posh mansion outside London, the couple seemed to be living a charmed life. But Bravo proved to be a brutal and conniving man, and the marriage was far from happy. He abused his wife and antagonized her servants, ultimately dismissing her housekeeper and longtime companion, Mrs. Cox, despite her years of service. Then one night while preparing for bed, Charles Bravo suddenly collapsed. Though the greatest English physicians of the era were summoned to his side, they could do nothing, and three days later he died an agonizing death. The doctors were unanimous in their diagnosis: Charles Bravo had been poisoned. The graphic and sensational details of the case would capture the public imagination of Victorian England. The investigation dominated the press for weeks, and the list of suspects grew to include Florence; her secret lover, the eminent doctor James Gully; Mrs. Cox; and the recently dismissed stable man, George Griffiths. But ultimately no murderer could be determined, and despite the efforts of numerous historians, criminologists, and other writers since (including Agatha Christie), the case has never been definitively solved. Until now.

& Taylor

Filled with love, greed, intrigue, violence, and a wealth of suspects, a riveting true account details the unsolved murder of successful attorney Charles Bravo, a cruel man who tormented his wife Florence, in a mystery that paints an intriguing portrait of Victorian culture and one woman's fight to exist in this repressive society. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780871138323
Branch Call Number: 364.15230942166 Rud
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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