“An impressively researched retelling of a mysterious murder in Victorian England . . . Death at the Priory reads as a historical intervention, crime novel, and sensational docudrama.” Zarena Aslami, Chicago Tribune
Death at the Priory
Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian England
978-0-8021-3974-0 • $13.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2003
In 1875 the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married the handsome and successful young attorney Charles Bravo. One night he suddenly collapsed, and three days later died an agonizing death. His doctors immediately determined that he had been poisoned.
Despite the efforts of numerous historians, criminologists, and other writers since (including Agatha Christie), the case has never been definitively solved. Now James Ruddick retells this gripping story of love, greed, brutality, and betrayal among the eliteoffering an intimate portrait of Victorian culture and of one woman’s struggle to live in this repressive society, while unmasking the true murderer for the first time. Simultaneously a murder mystery, colorful social history, and modern-day detective tale, Death at the Priory is a thrilling read and a window into a fascinating time.