The Crime Writers’ Association

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2019


Claire Harman

Murder by the Book

Published by: Viking

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.

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