Summary

In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. The ‘Maybrick Mystery’ had all the makings of a sensation and cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability. Florence’s fate was fiercely debated on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country. Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale that keeps you asking to the very last minute, did she kill him?
©2014 Oakhill Publishing (P)2014 Kate Colquhoun
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Critic reviews

"The case is thrilling, the trial harrowing and Colquhoun does them justice." (Laura Freeman Daily Mail)
"Kate Colquhoun's fascinating history . . . critiques thoroughly and carefully the attitudes of the time." (Scotsman)
"Intriguing, forensic . . . a moral fable of the age, intelligently told by Colquhoun, who places her sources cleverly within historical and literary context . . . gripping." (The Times)
"Kate Colquhoun renders the story in a vivid, novelistic style . . . gripping." (Financial Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathryn on 13-02-15

Really good listen

I enjoyed this book as I am an avid crime listener. The narrator made it interesting. A definite must read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sally on 27-05-15

Victorian hypocrisy exposed

Where does Did She Kill Him? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top third

What did you like best about this story?

The painstaking historical research

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first chapters which described the events as they unfolded

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A true life Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Any additional comments?

The middle section was a little repetitive, but still an enjoyable listen

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4 out of 5 stars
By 6catz on 17-02-15

Fascinating true story

This well- researched analysis of a much-celebrated case is well written and thought provoking, providing and in-depth look at the lives of the women of the Victorian age, their treatment under the rules of society and the rule of law. A really fine true crime document, and a great read.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Becca on 14-03-17

Victorian Travesty!

I listened to this story thinking how different the case would have been resolved if it was 100 years later.
Whether or not she "did it" we will never know. However, what we do know is the defendant was never really tried for the crime committed.
This was expertly read and the story was quite gripping.

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