The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime


A deeply engaging and completely original book about nineteenth-century Britain's fascination with good quality murder. Murder in nineteenth-century Britain was ubiquitous -- not necessarily in quantity but in quality. This was the era of penny-bloods, early crime fiction and melodramas for the masses. This was a time when murder and entertainment were firmly entwined. In this meticulously researched and compelling book, Judith Flanders, author of Consuming Passions, takes us back in time to explore some of the most ...

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