The Crime Writers' Association

Non-fiction 2014

Kate Colquhoun
Did She Kill Him?
shortlisted
Little, Brown

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A widely researched investigation of the events leading up to the trial, in Summer 1889, of Florence Maybrick for the murder of her husband. Although James Maybrick was widely known to be addicted to a range of poisons – including arsenic and strychnine – which he took regularly in small doses ‘for medicinal purposes’, Florence was found guilty of poisoning him with arsenic. The book concludes with an account of the finally successful efforts to secure her reprieve.