• Death at the Priory

  • Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England
  • By: James Ruddick
  • Narrated by: Alistair Petrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-17-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It took three tortured days in 1876 for Charles Bravo to die from the poison that burned its way through his body. The subsequent investigation revealed many people with a grudge against the young barrister. The dramatic inquest was covered in sensational detail by the press, but no one was convicted of his murder. Over a century later, James Ruddick draws on new evidence to solve one of the most famous murders in criminal history.
©2009 James Ruddick (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Mary Berry on 12-06-09

Good story but ...

The underlying story behind Death at the Priory has everything that a good mystery needs -- sex, love, and murder. The first part of this book definitely draws you in. However, toward the middle to end, the focus shifts from the story of the murder to a first person account of the author's investigation and details about how he ultimately "solved" the murder! It ruined the whole book for me, and the author comes off sounding quite pompous! It is as if the book is no longer about the intriguing murder, but suddenly about the author! Particularly if you are a fan of these sorts of books and may have listened to The Suspicions of Mr. Wicher first, this book will disappoint.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John S. on 10-24-09

A feminist book by a man - who knew!

The story of this century-old unsolved murder serves a framework (jumping off point) for an examination of the status (or lack thereof) of British Victorian women, though members of that sex elsewhere weren't faring all that much better.
Ruddick has managed to put his extensive research together as an interesting conjecture as to how Charles Bravo met his end. I suspect the audio version might prove more interesting than the print book; the narrator conveys the author's enthusiasm well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 01-08-10

A really compelling listen

This is a really interesting audiobook about a true life case of a Victorian poisoning. It's a classic "whodunnit", and the author clearly presents the evidence in an engaging way that leaves you guessing until the end. This is light enough not to require too much of your attention, but riveting enough to keep you listening until the end. A great listen for while you are driving around in the car - I kept finding excuses to put it on so that I could find out what happened! Highly recommended.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth Davies on 07-29-10

Fascinating

I listened to this in one sitting. It was fascinating. The reader is superb and the writing too! I urge you to try it if you enjoy a crime story.

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