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The Massey Murder

A Maid, Her Master And The Trial That Shocked, The

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Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, Best Nonfiction - Winner

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A Globe & Mail 100 Selection and longlisted for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize!

A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict—the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a Massey

In February 1915, a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles “Bert” Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing faceof a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time.

As in her previous bestselling book, Gold Diggers—now in production as a Discovery Television miniseries—multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines alight on a central moment in our past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443409230
  • ISBN 10: 1443409235
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 09/17/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 33.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / Canada / General
  • BISAC2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

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