Death at the Priory: Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England by James Ruddick (2001)
The unsolved poisoning of Charles Bravo, a member of the English Victorian upper class, has remained one of England’s most notorious crimes. Was it Bravo’s wealthy wife Florence, the servant Jane, or the renowned physician James Gully who committed the murder? Death at the Priory not only entertains as a mystery, it offers a glimpse of the social constraints even wealthy women endured in Victorian England.
Visit the author’s website for more about the book; check out a review in the New Statesman (UK); and, to discover more historic true crime cases, visit Laura James’ CLEWS: The Historic True Crime Blog.