This book, written by Rosemary Cook (the Director of the Queen's Nursing Institute) is a fascinating account of the life and murder of my first cousin (3 times removed), Miss Florence Nightingale Shore. She was the god-daughter and distant cousin of her namesake, Florence Nightingale, the Lady of The Lamp and founder of the modern nursing profession.
Rosemary Cook has extensively researched historical sources for this book and has carefully re-constructed Florence's family background, her unhappy childhood, her career as a Queen's District Nurse in England and her war service in the 1900 Anglo-Boer War in South Africa as well as her service with the French Red Cross and the Queen Alexandria's Imperial Military Nursing Service in France during the First World War.
Rosemary Cook has also carefully analyzed the remaiing known records pertaining to Florence's brutal murder on a London to Hastings train in England in January 1920. While the case was never solved, several possible suspects were investigated by three police forces of that time and Cook has also considered some interesting theories, which have recently come to light.
Not only is this book a fascinating account of Florence's life and death, it also contains interesting histroical perspectives on the contemporary events during the Victorian and early post-Victorian era. These events not only shaped Florence's life and provided her with opportunities to pursue independently a meaningful and professional career during a period when men dominated British society but which also places this story in accurate context.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in muder mysteries and true-crime stories as well as to those researching the history of nursing. It's a great read.