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    Rating Clarification 4.5 StarsI haven t been this invigorated by a good ole husband behaving badly book since I read Wedlock The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strath If Andrew Stoney was the crowned winner for the Mr Shitty Husband of the 18th Century contest for his sociopathic antics documented in Wedlock , then the heir apparent for the 19th century must surely pass to Charles Bravo of this book Fortunately for F Rating Clarification 4.5 StarsI haven t been this invigorated by a good ole husband behaving badly book since I read Wedlock The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strath If Andrew Stoney was the crowned winner for the Mr Shitty Husband of the 18th Century contest for his sociopathic antics documented in Wedlock , then the heir apparent for the 19th century must surely pass to Charles Bravo of this book Fortunately for Florence his wife, but unfortunately for his digestive tract, Mr Bravo wasn t able to enjoy the fruits of his reign of terror for very long, as said digestive tract was being burned up from the effects of antimony poisoning Forgive me for being unsympathetic to his plight, but I ve read the book and he doesn t deserve it, IMO.Ruddick has peened an engrossing true tale of illicit s...


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    At first glance you might pick this up and think ooh some kind of slightly sordid Nun Vicar love tryst in buttoned up Victorian England which ultimately ends in murder most horrid Er, nope sorry you re wrong This is the coldest of all the Cold Case files well, unless you count those people on National Geographic who are always trying ...


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    This is a study of the unsolved murder by poisoning with antimony of Charles Bravo 1845 1876 , a young British barrister The first half of the book recounts the story of Bravo s wife, her somewhat scandalous life before their marriage, and Bravo s own mis behavior until his death The second half follows the author s new research and attempt to solve the murder which is, for the most part, largely convincing Ruddick should be applauded for the three dimensional, sympathetic, and insightf This is a study of the unsolved murder by poisoning with antimony of Charles Bravo 1845 1876 , a young British barrister The first half of the book recounts the story of Bravo s wife, her somewhat scandalous life before their marriage, and Bravo s own mis behavior until his death The second half follows the author s new research and attempt to solve the murder which is, for the most part, largely convincing Ruddick should be applauded for the three dimensional, sympathetic, and insightful ...


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    This book is a must for anyone who enjoys true crime and period books It is set in the Victorian era, which makes it evenscandalous considering how stringent the rules of decorum were back then I picked this book up randomly when I was going through a true crime reading phase I could not put it down How interesting it is to peek into the lives of this mysterious and scandalous murder from over 100 years ago Amazing that this mystery is still kept alive It is f...


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    This is an interesting read of an old, unsolved murder mystery that took place in the 1870 s The author presents his argument about what actually happened, which was sometimes contrived, but I enjoyed the picture of Victorian life A fairly quick and easy read.


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    To be very honest, I first came across Florence Bravo, wife of murdered Charles Bravo, in the book by Mary S Hartman called Victorian Murderesses so I had no idea what this book was going to be about before I picked it up and started reading I have this thing about British murder cases past and present, so this one was right up my alley, offering an inside look into a Victorian home, family society It seems that Mr Charles Bravo was poisoned in a most grueling and painful way at his ho To be very honest, I first came across Florence Bravo, wife of murdered Charles Bravo, in the book by Mary S Hartman called Victorian Murderesses so I had no idea what this book was going to ...


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    Poison was a familiar murder weapon in Victorian England with many a tale abounding of arsenic used to gain a fortune, do away with a rival or an inconvenient spouse.In this book James Ruddick believes he has uncovered the real truth of the perpetrator of Charles Bravo s death by poison in 1876 Charles Bravo was a rich man who suffered an agonising death spread over three days Poison was the culprit and the inquest into his death lasted a lengthy five weeks with journalists sending stories to Poison was a familiar murder weapon in Victorian England with many a tale abounding of arsenic used to gain a fortune, do away with a rival or an inconvenient spouse.In this book James Ruddick bel...


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    The fatal poisoning of Charles Bravo in 1876 remains a great, unsolved mystery As James Ruddick shows in this engrossing account, there was no shortage of suspects Among them were Bravo s wife, Florence, who married the young barrister in part to erase the taint of a recent sexual scandal Jane Cox, a servant caught spinning a web of lies about what happened the night Bravo died and James Gully, an esteemed doctor who was also once Florence s lover Death at the Priory is full of compelling p The fatal poisoning of Charles Bravo in 1876 remains a great, unsolved mystery As James Ruddick shows in this engrossing account, there was no shortage of suspects Among th...


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    An interesting look at an unsolved murder mystery in Victorian England Florence Bravo, after suffering through an abusive first marriage, finds herself married to yet another abuser who insisted on forcing himself on her to produce an heir, even though she had miscarried two babies in a short span of time But within five months of their wedding day, Charles Bravo collapsed and dies as a result of antimony poisoning Who has administered the f...


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    This was quite a sensational murder in the late 1800s and no one was ever convicted of the murder though there was a lot of suspicion of both the wife, her ex lover and her companion This is also an example of a woman the wife being pilloried by Victorian society because she lived a non conventional life not quite a feminist, but definitely a free spirit in regard to her relationships that everyone found out about as a result of the murder The author recreates the murder scene as best he c This was quite a sensational murder in the late 1800s and no one was ever convicted of the murder though there was a lot of suspicion of both the wife, her ex lover and her companion This is also an example of a woman the wife being pilloried by Victorian society because she lived a non conventional life not...


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Death at the Priory In 1875 The Beautiful Widow Florence Ricardo Married The Handsome And Successful Young Attorney Charles Bravo, Hoping To Escape The Scandals Of Her Past But Bravo Proved To Be A Brutal And Conniving Man, And The Marriage Was Far From Happy Then One Night He Suddenly Collapsed, And Three Days Later Died An Agonizing Death His Doctors Immediately Determined That He Had Been Poisoned The Graphic And Sensational Details Of The Case Would Capture The Public Imagination Of Victorian England As The Investigation Dominated The Press For Weeks, And The List Of Suspects Grew To Include Florence, Her Secret Lover The Eminent Doctor James Gully, Her Longtime Companion The Housekeeper Mrs Cox, And The Recently Dismissed Stableman George Griffiths But Ultimately No Murderer Could Be Determined, And 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 Elite Offering 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 An Impressively Researched Retelling Death At The Priory Reads As A Historical Intervention, Crime Novel, And Sensational Docudrama Zarena Aslami, Chicago Tribune A Suspenseful And Stimulating Read Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times Enjoyable Ruddick Has Done Much Admirable Sleuthing Paul Collins, The New York Times Book Review