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The Invention of Murder
The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime | Judith Flanders
"Superb... Flanders's convincing and smart synthesis of the evolution of an official police force, fictional detectives, and real-life cause clbres will appeal to devotees of true crime and detective fiction alike." -Publishers Weekly, starred review In this fascinating exploration of murder in nineteenth century England, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction Murder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, with cold-blooded killings transformed into novels, broadsides, ballads, opera, and melodrama-even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and the new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other-the founders of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell. In this meticulously researched and engrossing book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder in Great Britain, both famous and obscure: from Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fiance around town by omnibus, to Burke and Hare's bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, to the tragedy of the murdered Marr family in London's East End. Through these stories of murder-from the brutal to the pathetic-Flanders builds a rich and multi-faceted portrait of Victorian society in Great Britain. With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the utterly dangerous, The Invention of Murder is both a mesmerizing tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable.
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LoverOfLearning
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Stopping at page 85 for the night. This book is deeply interesting! Too bad I have to study for a final now. 🙄😑

Buechersuechtling I hope your preparation goes/went well. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼 for your exam. Good luck. 🍀 3w
LoverOfLearning @Buechersuechtling awe thanks! Got a 98% on one... and waiting for the professor to open the 2nd final. 3w
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LoverOfLearning
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Just bought this book yesterday. I am so excited to read this. The Victorian era was crazy with all of the medical discoveries and medicine concoctions that were found to be unsafe. So creepy and interesting to me.

erzascarletbookgasm I have this waiting for me :) 4w
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LeahBergen
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DGRachel I think I have this one on Kindle, but I haven‘t read it, yet. 2mo
LeahBergen @DGRachel It‘s still TBR for me, too. 😆 2mo
Aimeesue I have that book, but with a much less interesting cover! I've only read half, I'm afraid. 2mo
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jillrhudy On the TBR, probably on your former recommendation! 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I‘ve only dipped into it a little myself. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @jillrhudy Ha! 😆 2mo
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ofbooksandme
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There was no walking today for me because it's been like this all day long. So, a little view of my backyard as I settle inside with some mate and my audiobook with the rain as company.
#Litsywalkers
@kaye

Kaye Better luck tomorrow maybe ! 11mo
Bklover So pretty! 11mo
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ofbooksandme
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Following @kaye idea, I went for a walk with my audiobook of choice (started the tagged one).
Today was a very hot summer day but, on your typical Buenos Aires' way it was also rainy and the humidity was just awful. 👌
While I live about 40 minutes away from city center, Buenos Aires is a HUGE city so I kind of still live in the city and my view is basically streets and buildings, so I decided to go to the park. Hence the view.
#LitsyWalkers

Kaye Very pretty park, and good job on your walk ! 11mo
DarcysMom How nice to have a park close by to walk in! 11mo
Lauram Beautiful! 11mo
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Grrlbrarian
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It‘s 2 pm and we‘re fairly snowed in. I‘m still in my pajamas, have done almost no chores, and am tucked up reading the book that @Ashley31 got me for Christmas. Life is good ❄️📚

8little_paws Snowing here too! So the rest of the day will be on the couch with books :) 11mo
mrsmarch Where are you snowed in at? 26 and windy here in BOS but no snow in sight! 11mo
RealBooks4ever High winds here in Portland, Oregon! Can‘t stand wind so I‘m staying cozy inside! 🌬 ☕️📚 11mo
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Grrlbrarian @mrsmarch Central Illinois. Not sure how much snow we‘ve gotten total - somewhere between 9-12 inches today probably. Stay warm: and you too, @8little_paws and @RealBooks4ever 11mo
8little_paws I'm in chicago and we only got like maybe 2 inches I think but it was like flurries all day 11mo
Grrlbrarian @8little_paws 10-11 inches total here. Blech! 11mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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What will most likely be my last read of 2018 and it is a great one! It‘s been my before-bed book for a while, and I took it on the long train ride home from a wonderful family vacation so I only have about 100 pages left! #currentlyreading #nonfiction #truecrime #murderino

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Grrlbrarian
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Enjoying this A++ surprise book gift from the amazing @Ashley31 ❤️ It‘s such a juicy, anecdote-filled deep dive into the dawn of detection. Thanks a million for the spellbinding read! 🔪💉💀🕵️‍♂️

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SnazzyShelbey91
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Now that the semester is over, I can finally read something other than The Fundamentals of Nursing!

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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My anxiety is up, so I‘m curled up all cozy with a fireplace on my tv, an evergreen candle, a quilt, a snuggly dog by my side, and a good book.

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knotmagick
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I cannot give this book enough stars. It's an amazing piece of nonfiction and a must for anyone interested in the Victorian period.

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knotmagick
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I haven't highlighted a book this much since my freshman year of college

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knotmagick
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The cloud reader is a beautiful thing.

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TheRomantiCate
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May 4: #ReadingResolutions— Cool covers; I‘m obsessed with this one... I think cool is in the eye of the beholder 😎🤓😜

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TheRomantiCate
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February 1: #RiotGrams #shelfie

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Emmalibby
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#anticipatedfebruaryread for #febinbooks18
I got this from the library a couple of weeks ago and am looking forward to starting it. (Though maybe not tonight, I've been watching The Exorcist tv show all evening and I need something lighter!)

#readingchallenge #challenge #febinbooks18 #nonfiction #history #crime

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WarpedSweetness
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These are the only #BlackandWhite books that I own. I haven't read them yet, but they're on my list to read by the end of this year.

#SpookyOctober @Jess7

LibrarianRyan I have heard good things about Asylum. 2y
WarpedSweetness @LibrarianRyan Me too! Plus Emilie Autumn is one of my favourite musicians, so I have to read it. 2y
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TheRomantiCate
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#Riotgram DAY 1: SHELFIE—

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WarpedSweetness
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@UnidragonFrag tagged me in #fivestarpredictions
So here are a few books I own that I think will warrant five stars from me.

Sace I really like the cover for The Asylum. 2y
UnidragonFrag I agree with the above! Also think I might read the tagged book. Sounds interesting. Great choices! 2y
WarpedSweetness @RestlessFickleBookSlut Me too! I currently have it as my phone background. The author is a musician that I've loved since MySpace days. @UnidragonFrag I ordered it from Amazon because it sounded amazing!! I can't wait to read it. 2y
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islandstorygirl
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A detailed and thought-provoking look at Victorian England's fascination with murder. It's a thick volume but it's a fairly easy read, switching its focus from the grisly deaths (so it reads less like a collection of true crime stories) and towards the public's collective response. Murders have been the impetus for detection, legislation, and enforcement, but also (quite interestingly) pomp and spectacle. A really good read for a rainy weekend!

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wingedsnails
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I was thinking I should read more non-fiction, and then I ended up in the true crime section of the library...

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books_bgames_bgowns
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'Pleasant it is, no doubt, to drink tea with your sweetheart, but most disagreeable to find her bubbling in the tea-urn.'

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ScarletQuill
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Yes! So. Juiced.

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wanderaven
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#RiotGrams catch up Day 12: #summerreads Pretty sure my typical sort of favourite read doesn't exactly match up with many readers' ideas of a summer read.

Bklover This actually sounds fascinating! 3y
wanderaven @Bklover Based on the quarter I've read so, it's living up to expectations! 3y
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ladyclassics
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Book two in my 19th century murder history binge: I LOVED this one. 466 pages packed with every last grisly detail behind the most (and least) infamous murders of the epoch, their repercussions and effect on society, as well as the everlasting impact they had on literature. I am a sucker for alternative history on the Victorian Era, and I definitely geeked out about how much I learned from this book. On to murder book number three!

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tracy_anne8
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I'm a little behind on my #junebookbugs so here is yesterday's. I read a lot of mysteries which usually include death of some sort but I decided on this and the history of our obsession with #death and murder.

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BekaReid
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For today's #death prompt

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Craftylikefox
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After 100 pages I had to give up. It was telling more of the breakdown of murder and how certain plays we're done about it and newspaper articles. There was breakdown of what the plays were like. Started talking about how police started to become a thing, but not as much as focus as I was hoping. An interesting book, just not what I was expecting, and not my thing.

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Craftylikefox

I am really whittling down my TBR. Does that mean I can buy more books soon?? This one has been sitting for a couple of months. Time to get it started.

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ladyclassics
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Nothing like a relaxing weekend off mixed with my favorite sidekick and a 19th-century murder reading binge ♡

Tanzy13 🐱 3y
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MicheleinPhilly
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#AprilBookShowers A big 'ol #subtitle for a big 'ol book (that I bought years ago and haven't read yet).

LectricSheep I loved this book! It was my "few pages before bedtime" read for months. ? 3y
Reviewsbylola I think this is on my TBR. 3y
DeborahSmall Love this cover and subject of course 🔪🔪☠️💀 3y
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TamaraH71
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I love these kinds of books, documentaries and podcasts. I saw this on the shelf. It had to come home with me! 😋 #booknerd

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tracy_anne8
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Out of the 350+ books I own, not one of them sounds good. I think I'm in a reading slump 🙁. These 3 are only ones including my current reads that sound even a little interesting. I may try to start one of these today or just take a trip to the bookstore 😆

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Leelee08
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I love this book and I love this blurb.😍#bestblurbs #seasonsreadings2016

Cinfhen Haha 😂 3y
vivastory Stacked! 3y
Reviewsbylola Sounds very interesting! 3y
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Anovelobsession Sounds awesome - had to add to my TBR! 3y
TheLondonBookworm Yes please! 💀💀💀💀 3y
Gissy I will add this book to my wish list to see if one of my family Secret Santa can give me this wonderful book as a gift 😊 3y
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MissDodoBrooks
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I was reminded of this book the other day and decided to rescue it from the bottom of a forgotten TBR pile.

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Christylo
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Did you know that in 19th century London, all play scripts had to be submitted to the Lord Chamberlain for approval. The Lord Chamberlain's office hung on to these, so they are all still around today. I love learning stuff like this!

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Christylo
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I adore Victorian murder mysteries, both fictional and non-fictional. This ought to be a great read!

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gracetopia
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This appears in the reminisces of Henry Hawkins, a notoriously poor judge known to almost universal contempt as 'Hanging Hawkins.' The Oxford English Dictionary of National Biography thinks his book is unreliable, and was almost certainly not written by him (the four chapters narrated by his dog were also, I suspect, not by the dog).

gracetopia This book has some excellent footnotes. 3y
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gracetopia
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This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. I am eating it up at a rapid pace, which isn't how I normally read nonfic. Highly recommend!

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gracetopia

This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. I am eating it up at a rapid pace, which isn't how I normally read nonfic. Highly recommend!