The Crime Writers' Association

Gold - Non-fiction 2019

Claire Harman
Murder by the Book
shortlisted
Viking

Amazon

The murder of Lord William Russell, apparently by his Swiss-born servant, Francois Courvoisier, scandalised and terrified respectable London in the 1840s. With a deft touch, Harman shows how the response was linked to the ‘sensation’ literature of the period, an early example of moral panic.