The Massey Murder

by Charlotte Gray

On Sale: 03/25/2014

The Massey Murder

by Charlotte Gray

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Format:

Toronto Book Award

RBC Taylor Prize

Ottawa Book Award for English Non-Fiction

OLA Evergreen Award

CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction

CAA Lela Common Award for Canadian History

Heritage Toronto Book Award

Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

Arthur Ellis Award for Non-fiction

British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

About the Book

Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction
Winner of the Toronto Book Award
Winner of the CAA Lela Common Award for Canadian History
Winner of the Heritage Toronto Book Award

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
Finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award, the Libris Award, the OLA Evergreen Award

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—adapted into the Discovery Television miniseries Klondike—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.

Educator and Librarian Resources

Critical Praise

“Canada’s pre-eminent historian. . . .  A captivating read, balancing intense research with richly drawn characters and lively storytelling.” - Maclean’s

“Engaging. . . . Gray’s cast involves meticulously researched historical figures, whose behaviour she depicts with psychological insight. Narrated with a great sense of presence, irony, and verve, this book recreates a vanished world of Canadian jurisprudence and politics, invests it with life, and makes it memorable.” - The Globe and Mail

An engrossing chronicle of Toronto’s social life at the beginning of the 20th century.” - Toronto Star

“Gripping and insightful . . . . Gray has managed to resurrect a devilishly intriguing character.” - Quill & Quire

In The Massey Murder, Gray shows real kindness and compassion, bringing a sense of humanity to a once-lurid tale from the tabloids.” - Winnipeg Free Press

Resources

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443436427
  • ISBN 10: 1443436429
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 03/25/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Canada / General

The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray

The broadest selection of online bookstores. The links will take you to the web site's home page.

Other Booksellers

The broadest selection of online bookstores. The links will take you to the Web site's home page.

SELECT:

International Customers

If you are located outside Canada, the best way to order online is to choose from the following bookstores listed by region and country.