Death at the Priory: Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England

by James Ruddick | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1903809975 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingBooksandMusicwing of Seattle, Washington USA on 12/2/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingBooksandMusicwing from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Well-researched, well-written and more entertaining than a game of Clue! On April 18, 1876 someone gave Charles Bravo a fatal dose of antimony. Was it the housekeeper, the stableman, the wife, the wife's ex-lover, or Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the billiards room? Or perhaps even Charles himself? The case is true, the characters tragic, the coincidences fabulous. I mean, "Bravo, Gully!"? The mind just boggles. A recommended read.

Journal Entry 2 by wingBooksandMusicwing from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I can't seem to release this book using the release form but the book is actually on it's way to Blacktaiwaz in Costa Rica. Mailed from Seattle about 2 PM on Tuesday the 2nd of Dec. 2008

Journal Entry 3 by blackteiwaz from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It was waiting for me at the post office today. Thank you so much! :)

Journal Entry 4 by blackteiwaz at San Pedro, San José Costa Rica on Saturday, November 20, 2010
An excellent book about a historical crime that was not solved. The author gives a complete background of the case and attempts to solve it, based on new evidence that he gathered by contacting the relatives of the people involved. He also lets us know about the fate of those involved.
I just couldn't put it down! If you like history and/or true crime, this is a must read!
Thank you for the book, it is now available.

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Reserved for Wandering-B in Hong Kong! :)

Journal Entry 5 by wandering-B at Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Thursday, February 10, 2011
Received this the end of last week - thanks so much for sending it to me. I'm looking forward to reading it. I have three in front of it, but it shouldn't be overly long!

Thanks again.

Journal Entry 6 by wandering-B at Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Found this to be a fascinating book. Extremely well researched and to the point. The author makes sound reasons for his solution to the crime, but no one will ever know unless someone unearths a confession letter.

I found the discussion on the social and moral values of the time fascinating. I felt mixed emotions for Florence. At one time I felt proud of her for taking a different position regarding her rights (what few were afforded women at that time), at others I was exasperated with her for her poor choice in husbands and/or lovers, and in the end I felt truly sorry for her. You can call me mean if you like, but I didn't feel the least bit sorry for Charles. Not that he should have been murdered, but what a jerk. Will find someone else to pass it along to.

Journal Entry 7 by wandering-B at Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Sunday, July 03, 2011
Posting off to the winner of the Mystery/Crime/Thriller and Tea Sweeps - enjoy!

Journal Entry 8 by sfrenchie at Reims, Champagne-Ardenne France on Friday, July 08, 2011
I received this book as part of the Crime / Tea sweepstake.

Thank you very much, Wandering-B.

I will write an entry when I have read it.

:-)

Journal Entry 9 by sfrenchie at Reims, Champagne-Ardenne France on Wednesday, October 05, 2011
A well-written account of a true criminal case, and the journalist's enquiry into it. It really read like a novel, and it is very gripping. So many twists, everyone's a suspect!
Thank you, Wandering-B, for allowing me to discover this book, as it is probably not something I would have picked off a shelf.
:-)

Journal Entry 10 by Chremajora at Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, November 17, 2011
Passed on to me as part of the crime & tea sweepstakes. Thank you, I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 11 by Chremajora at Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I enjoyed reading this book and find myself agreeing with previous journalers:

with oliviapoolside for "Well-researched, well-written and more entertaining than a game of Clue!"; with blackteiwaz for "An excellent book about a historical crime that was not solved" (I love the idea that the author just HAD to go back to this crime, long after it had been laid to rest!), and I agree with wandering-B's mixed feelings regarding Florence as well as with her condemnation of Charles Bravo.

On to sfrenchie's comment: "Thank you, [Wandering-B], for allowing me to discover this book, as it is probably not something I would have picked off a shelf."

Absolutely! That is just the beauty of bookcrossing, and of all you lovely people out there! Thank you for passing this book on, what a great read.

It is now available, waiting for a new adventure...




Journal Entry 12 by Chremajora at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, February 03, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (2/3/2012 UTC) at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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This is a kind of tradition - the book *always* goes to the winner of the crime/mystery & tea sweeps. Except when it was the last round, I hadn't finished reading it, so I skipped the last winner (sorry!) and now I am passing it on to you, the new winner of the latest round! Hope you enjoy it - and hope you manage to keep up the tradition, one way or the other!!

Journal Entry 13 by faerie_queene at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, February 10, 2012
Wow a traditional book (of sorts). Have no fear this shall be carried on to the next winner ^_^ Thank you very much.

Journal Entry 14 by faerie_queene at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 18, 2012
This book was a very interesting read and a God send for a 10 hour plane journey (from UK to USA). I read this quickly and in honesty was a little disheartened by the ending purely because it was based on belief and not proof. It felt like reading a murder mystery book without finding out who the murderer was (like Jack The Ripper). It was still an interesting read non the less and shall be passed along to the next sweepstake winner.

For the record, any man who treats his wife in such a manner as Charles Bravo did (despite the acceptance for so in the time) gets just what they deserve in the end. Perhaps being murdered was his comeuppance (of sorts). In my opinion of course.

Released 8 yrs ago (4/12/2012 UTC) at Intl mystery/thriller/crime and tea , A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Congratulations on winning the sweepstakes :)

Journal Entry 16 by gunmarga at ---- by post or by hand ----, Skåne Sweden on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Thank you faerie_queene for this book, all tea, the wonderful card and the bookmark. A history/true crime book. I love it all.

Backside: In 1875, the beautiful and vivacious Florence Ricardo married Charles Bravo, a dashing barrister. The marriage seemed a happy one, but one night, four months after the wedding, Bravo collapsed. For the next fifty-five hours, with some of London's most distinguished physicians in attendance, Charles suffered a slow and agonizing death. All the doctors agreed: Charles Bravo had been poisoned.
The dramatic investigation that followed was covered in sensational detail by the press. So great was public interest in the case that coverage of it eclipsed the prime minister's negotiations with Egyp, the Prince of Wales' Indian tour and the conflict in the Balkans. The finger of suspicion pointed at various times at suicide, at Mrs Cox the housekeeper, at George Griffiths, a stableman with a grudge, and at the remarkable figure of Florence Bravo herself.
*Death at the Priory* is a gripping historical reconstruction and a startling portrait of a woman, a marriage and a society. The brilliant conclusion uses new evidence discovered by the author to demonstrate conclusively who really murdered Charles Bravo.

James Ruddik is a journalist and television researcher.

Journal Entry 17 by gunmarga at -- Någonstans i Skåne, Skåne Sweden on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The book is compiled very interesting with the widow Florence Ricardo's life and how she is doing with her much older lover and what happens then when she meets her new husband. Poor Florence choose the wrong husbands both times.
I like that there is a genuine cases of poisoning death happened in 1836 to the basic and all investigations journalist James Rudderick done and how he came to his conclusions.

Journal Entry 18 by gunmarga at Ekologihuset in Lund, Skåne Sweden on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (10/26/2016 UTC) at Ekologihuset in Lund, Skåne Sweden

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